...is a retro-metal four piece hailing from Austin, Texas. First conceived in 2003, the sword really hit their stride about a year later when founding vocalist and guitarist J.D. Cronise joined forces with guitarist Kyle Shutt, bassist Bryan Ritchie, and drummer Trivett Wingo, and made such a raved-over appearance at Austin's famed SXSW festival. National touring stints with everyone from Clutch to indie rock darlings ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead followed, and by mid 2005 The Sword had been picked up by New York based indie label Kemado Records, with their much-anticipated album, "Age of Winters," appearing early the next year. Before completing their second album, they contributed two songs (one original and one Led Zeppelin cover) to a split 12" EP with Swedish heavy rockers "Witchcraft" in November 2007. Gods of the Earth was released in spring 2008. The Sword is currently on tour with the successful metal band, "Metallica," after they had heard rumors that Lars Ulrich (drummer for Metallica) liked their music.
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