Due to popular demand, Austin, Texas metal luminaries THE SWORD have produced a 1,000-piece, limited-edition vinyl single of "Hammer Of Heaven", an early track dating back to 2003 that was not included on the band's "Age Of Winters" album. The seven-inch picture disc will also feature a version of "Ebethron" recorded live at Austin's legendary Stubb's BBQ. The vinyl picture disc will be released on June 22 and is available now for pre order at this location. Those pre-ordering will receive the single along with a 7 x 7 signed and numbered glossy insert and an exclusive T-shirt. A small quantity of the single will also be available at the band's June dates leading to their appearance at the Orion Music + More festival.
After releasing three critically acclaimed albums on Kemado Records, the Austin, Texas-based quartet featuring guitarist/vocalist J.D. Cronise, guitarist Kyle Shutt, bassist Bryan Richie, and new drummer Santiago "Jimmy" Vela III will commence recording its fourth album on June 24 with a projected release date of fall 2012. The new CD will be supported by extensive global touring that will stretch well into 2013.
THE SWORD's third album, "Warp Riders", sold around 8,900 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 47 on The Billboard 200 chart.
"Warp Riders" marked the first release where the group has worked with an outside producer. Helmed by Matt Bayles (PEARL JAM, MASTODON, ISIS), the album was anchored by an epic science-fiction narrative. The storyline was a psychedelic space opera that explored temporal themes of death and rebirth. "Warp Riders" also found THE SWORD expanding its range from pure metal to include bone-crunching hard rock at large.