Following a successful spring run supporting CLUTCH and an upcoming tour of Europe, Austin, Texas metal luminaries THE SWORD have announced a 25-date U.S. and Canadian tour, set to kick off on July 25 in Dallas. The trek will be the first to visit Canada in support of the band's fourth album, "Apocryphon". Support acts for all dates will be CASTLE and AMERICAN SHARKS.
Spreading its entrepreneurial wings, THE SWORD is also pleased to announce the launch of a new branded beer, Iron Swan. The beer, in partnership with Texas-based Real Ale Brewing Company, marks the band's second foray into the beer universe following the launch last fall of Winters Wolves in partnership with Baltimore, Maryland-based brewery Oliver Ales. Iron Swan will officially launch at the end of July with the four Texas shows that begin the summer tour.
Says Real Ale Brewing Company about Iron Swan: "Our newest canned offering is a tribute to the song that first introduced us to a packaging hall favorite, THE SWORD. Iron Swan pours a deep copper color and has an enticing intro of fruit and caramel with subtle hints of earth and spice. This medium bodied ale showcases the fruitiness of our house ale strain, along with the rich toffee flavors of English crystal malt. Added complexity is provided by generous amounts of English hops. Iron Swan finishes slightly dry with a mild spiciness that beckons another can. Fire up your turntable and audition Iron Swan yourself."
Below is the design for the Iron Swan can.
"Apocryphon" sold nearly 17,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 17 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was produced and engineered by J. Robbins (CLUTCH, JAWBOX) at Magpie Cage Studios and features cover art by famed comic book artist J.H. Williams III (Batwoman, Promethea).