Austin, Texas quartet THE SWORD has announced U.S. headlining dates in support of its critically-acclaimed new album "Gods of the Earth". The band will headline a slew of "off" dates while on tour supporting METALLICA, who hand-picked the group as support on its upcoming North American tour, set to launch October 21 in Glendale, AZ.
Teaser clips for the METALLICA / THE SWORD run have surfaced and can be viewed online at these locations (clip#1, clip#2). In addition to headlining "off" dates during the METALLICA tour, THE SWORD will team up with LAMB OF GOD for a string of shows this December.
THE SWORD's brand new music video — for the towering single "How Heavy this Axe" — will make its world premiere this Tuesday, October 21 on MTV2. The kaleidoscopic clip, which pays homage to the classic BLACK SABBATH videos "Paranoid" and "Iron Man", will also air as part of the network's "Headbangers Ball: 20th Anniversary" programming. The week-long celebration, which will feature noteworthy interviews, archive footage from the program's past 20 years, a roundtable discussion with ex-"Headbanger's Ball" VJs and more will include the "How Heavy this Axe" video as part of the Saturday, October 25 edition of "Headbanger's Ball".
Capital Chaos has posted video footage (see below) of THE SWORD performing the song "Freya" at Harlows in Sacramento, California on October 9, 2008. Also on the bill were CLUTCH and GRAVEYARD.
"Gods of the Earth" was released on April 1 via Kemado Records. The follow-up to the band's critically acclaimed debut "Age of Winters" was recorded at Folkvang Studios in Austin, TX, and is said to be "more ambitious, more accomplished and simply bigger."