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The Sword
The Sword in 2013, left to right: Kyle Shutt, Jimmy Vela (back), John D. Cronise, Bryan Richie.
Background information
Origin Austin, Texas, United States
Years active2003 (2003)–2018 (2018)(on hiatus)
Associated acts
  • Ultimate Dragons
  • Those Peabodys
  • Recover
Members John D. Cronise
Kyle Shutt
Bryan Richie
Santiago "Jimmy" Vela III
Past membersTrivett Wingo

The Sword is an American heavy metal band from Austin, Texas. Formed in 2003, the band is currently composed of vocalist and guitarist John D. Cronise, guitarist Kyle Shutt, bassist Bryan Richie and drummer Santiago "Jimmy" Vela III. Originally signed to Kemado Records, the group released its debut album Age of Winters in 2006, the material for which had been largely written by Cronise (who also produced the album) prior to the band's formation. Gods of the Earth (which was also produced by the band's frontman) was released two years later, giving the group its first entry on the US Billboard 200 chart when it reached number 102.

Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.

Austin, Texas Capital of Texas

Austin is the capital of the U.S. state of Texas and the seat of Travis County, with portions extending into Hays and Williamson counties. It is the 11th-most populous city in the United States and the 4th-most populous city in Texas. It is also the fastest growing large city in the United States, the second most populous state capital after Phoenix, Arizona, and the southernmost state capital in the contiguous United States. As of the U.S. Census Bureau's July 1, 2018 estimate, Austin had a population of 964,254 up from 790,491 at the 2010 census. The city is the cultural and economic center of the Austin–Round Rock metropolitan statistical area, which had an estimated population of 2,168,316 as of July 1, 2018. Located in Central Texas within the greater Texas Hill Country, it is home to numerous lakes, rivers, and waterways, including Lady Bird Lake and Lake Travis on the Colorado River, Barton Springs, McKinney Falls, and Lake Walter E. Long.

John D. Cronise American musician

John D. Cronise, also credited as J.D. Cronise, is an American heavy metal musician and record producer. Originally from Roanoke, Virginia, he is best known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, primary songwriter and former producer for Austin, Texas-based band the Sword, which he co-founded in 2003. Prior to the formation of The Sword, he also performed in the bands Those Peabodys and Ultimate Dragons, the latter of which also featured original the Sword drummer Trivett Wingo.


In 2010 the band released Warp Riders , a concept album centered on an original science fiction narrative written primarily by Cronise, which marked the first time the group had enlisted an external producer in Matt Bayles. Original drummer Trivett Wingo left the group later in the year and was replaced briefly by Kevin Fender, before Vela joined in late 2011. After signing with Razor & Tie in early 2012, the group released its fourth album Apocryphon later in the year, which was promoted worldwide on the Apocryphon Tour. The band's fifth studio album High Country was released in August 2015, followed by their sixth Used Future in March 2018.

<i>Warp Riders</i> 2010 studio album by The Sword

Warp Riders is the third studio album by American heavy metal band The Sword. Recorded at Wire Recording in Austin, Texas with producer Matt Bayles, it was released by Kemado Records in August 2010. Warp Riders was written and recorded as a concept album centred on an original science fiction narrative written by vocalist and guitarist J. D. Cronise, and marks a conscious change in style from doom metal to a more hard rock-influenced sound.

Concept album album with a theme

A concept album is an album in which its tracks hold a larger purpose or meaning collectively than they do individually. This is typically achieved through a single central narrative or theme, which can be instrumental, compositional, or lyrical. Sometimes the term is applied to albums considered to be of "uniform excellence" rather than an LP with an explicit musical or lyrical motif. There is no consensus among music critics as to the specific criteria for what a "concept album" is.

Science fiction Genre of speculative fiction

Science fiction is a genre of speculative fiction that has been called the "literature of ideas". It typically deals with imaginative and futuristic concepts such as advanced science and technology, time travel, parallel universes, fictional worlds, space exploration, and extraterrestrial life. It often explores the potential consequences of scientific innovations.

During its early career, The Sword was categorized primarily as a doom metal band, with the group's members citing bands including Black Sabbath and Sleep as influences. In recent years, the group's style has generally been classified as hard rock or stoner rock. The Sword has toured with a wide range of fellow rock and metal artists since its formation, including Metallica, Lamb of God and Clutch, and in recent years has also headlined its own tours. The band's debut Age of Winters failed to chart, but subsequent releases have all gained increasing commercial success in the US and the UK, with High Country also charting in other regions.

Doom metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music that typically uses slower tempos, low-tuned guitars and a much "thicker" or "heavier" sound than other heavy metal genres. Both the music and the lyrics intend to evoke a sense of despair, dread, and impending doom. The genre is strongly influenced by the early work of Black Sabbath, who formed a prototype for doom metal. During the first half of the 1980s, a number of bands from England, the United States and Sweden defined doom metal as a distinct genre.

Black Sabbath British heavy metal band

Black Sabbath were an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, drummer Bill Ward, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler and singer Ozzy Osbourne. Black Sabbath are often cited as pioneers of heavy metal music. The band helped define the genre with releases such as Black Sabbath (1970), Paranoid (1970), and Master of Reality (1971). The band had multiple line-up changes, with Iommi being the only constant member throughout its history.

Sleep (band) stoner doom metal band

Sleep is an American doom metal power trio from San Jose, California. The band earned critical and record label attention early in its career. Critic Eduardo Rivadavia describes them as "perhaps the ultimate stoner rock band" and notes they exerted a strong influence on heavy metal in the 1990s. However, conflict with its record company contributed to Sleep's breakup by the end of the decade. The band reformed in 2009 and has played sporadic live dates internationally since. In 2018, Sleep released their comeback album, The Sciences, on Third Man Records, to critical acclaim.


2003–09: Formation, early years and first releases

Bryan Richie was the last member to join The Sword, completing the original four-piece lineup of the band in 2004. BryanRichieOfTheSword.jpg
Bryan Richie was the last member to join The Sword, completing the original four-piece lineup of the band in 2004.

After writing and recording music on his own for "a few years", [1] vocalist and guitarist John D. "J.D." Cronise formed The Sword in 2003 with guitarist Kyle Shutt and drummer Trivett Wingo. [2] [3] Speaking about choosing the band's name, Cronise claims that he researched the moniker first and found it "unbelievable" that it hadn't already been used; however, two other bands did already have the name Sword, including a Canadian heavy metal band, and the frontman states he "narrowly escaped litigation hell" before The Sword was finalised. [4] The trio played their first show together on June 19, 2003 at the Beerland in Austin, [5] and released their first demo Age of Winters before the end of the year. [6] Bassist Bryan Richie completed the four-piece lineup in early 2004. [7] Prior to the formation of The Sword, Cronise and Wingo had performed together in the group Ultimate Dragons in Richmond, Virginia, [8] while Shutt and Richie had worked with multiple bands in Texas "united by a love of Led Zeppelin". [9] Cronise had also performed with a local band called Those Peabodys, but left as he felt he "needed to do something heavier". [8] After their first live performance together as a four-piece at Austin's Sound on Sound Records on March 17, 2004, [5] the band released a self-titled second demo, [6] which was followed the next year by an extended play (EP) entitled Freya. [10]

Sword is a Canadian heavy metal band from Quebec that was formed in 1980 and is still active to this day. 2018 will see the release of their third studio recording.

Demo (music) song or group of songs recorded for limited circulation or reference use rather than for general public release

A demo is a song or group of songs recorded for limited circulation or reference use rather than for general public release. A demo is a way for a musician to approximate their ideas in a fixed format, such as cassette tape, compact disc, or digital audio files, and to thereby pass along those ideas to record labels, producers, or other artists.

Richmond, Virginia Capital of Virginia

Richmond is a city in, and the capital of, the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is the center of the Richmond Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and the Greater Richmond Region. Richmond was incorporated in 1742 and has been an independent city since 1871.

After performing at the 2005 South by Southwest festival, The Sword was signed by New York-based record label Kemado Records, [2] following a recommendation by Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton. [4] The band released its debut album Age of Winters in February 2006, for which much of the material had been written by Cronise before the band's formation and featured on the band's early demos. [1] [4] In support of the album the band toured throughout 2006 and 2007, with support acts including Lacuna Coil and Trivium in the United States, Nebula and Clutch in Europe, and Lamb of God in Japan. [11] In November 2006 a cover version of the song "Freya" was featured as a playable track on the video game Guitar Hero II , [12] and the original track was later released as the band's first single in September 2007. [13] Age of Winters did not chart, but received widely positive reviews from critics including AllMusic's Eduardo Rivadavia, who described the album as "remarkably well-balanced and almost suspiciously immediate". [14]

South by Southwest is an annual conglomerate of film, interactive media, and music festivals and conferences that take place in mid-March in Austin, Texas, United States. It began in 1987 and has continued to grow in both scope and size every year. In 2017, the conference lasted for 10 days with the interactive track lasting for five days, music for seven days, and film for nine days.

Kemado Records American record label

Kemado Records is an American record label based in New York City founded in 2002 by Andrés Santo Domingo and Tom Clapp.

Lamb of God (band) metal band from United States

Lamb of God is an American heavy metal band from Richmond, Virginia. Formed in 1994 as Burn the Priest, the group consists of bassist John Campbell, vocalist Randy Blythe, guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler, and drummer Art Cruz. The band is considered a significant member of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal movement.

In June 2007 the band contributed a new song, "Under the Boughs" (which was later included on their second album), to the Kemado compilation Invaders . [15] The group also released a split EP with Swedish doom metal band Witchcraft the same month, contributing new track "Sea of Spears" and a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" to the record. [3] Gods of the Earth was the band's second album, released on April 1, 2008. [3] The album, which is much more of a collaborative writing effort than its predecessor, [1] provided the band with its first Billboard 200 chart entry, reaching number 102. [16] In support of the album, the band completed the Gods of the Earth Tour supported by artists such as Machine Head, Lamb of God and Clutch; [17] the quartet also supported heavy metal veterans Metallica on their 2008 European Vacation Tour in July, [18] and returned as the opening act for a number of legs on their 2009 World Magnetic Tour. [19] A two-disc box set containing the band's first two albums Age of Winters and Gods of the Earth was released on November 25, 2008, [3] [20] and the song "The Black River" from Gods of the Earth was later included on the 2009 video game Guitar Hero: Metallica . [21] The band's music was also featured in the 2009 films Jennifer's Body ("Celestial Crown") [22] and Horsemen ("Maiden, Mother & Crone"), [23] and in March 2009 The Sword won two local music awards: the High Times Doobie Award and the Austin Music Award for Best Metal Artist. [24] [25]

<i>Invaders</i> (compilation album) 2006 compilation album by Various artists

Invaders is a compilation album released by Kemado Records in 2006. The compilation contains many bands that are signed to the label as well as others bands in a similar classic/traditional hard rock/heavy metal vein. Some songs may have been unreleased or hard to find prior to the compilation.

<i>The Sword/Witchcraft split</i> 2007 EP by The Sword and Witchcraft

The Sword/Witchcraft is a split extended play (EP) by American heavy metal band The Sword and Swedish doom metal band Witchcraft. Released on November 13, 2007 by Kemado Records, the label with which The Sword were signed at the time, it was limited to 2,500 vinyl copies.

Witchcraft (band) Swedish doom metal/stoner rock band founded in 2000

Witchcraft is a Swedish doom metal band founded in 2000.

2009–12: Warp Riders and two drummer changes

Kyle Shutt was the only band member besides Cronise credited for songwriting on Warp Riders. KyleShuttOfTheSword (cropped).jpg
Kyle Shutt was the only band member besides Cronise credited for songwriting on Warp Riders .

The Sword spent the rest of 2009 writing material for their third album, [26] which took the form of "a concept album centered around an original science fiction narrative", [26] and had more of a hard rock sound than the band's previous releases. [27] Some of the new songs were debuted at the 2009 Fun Fun Fun Fest in November, [28] and were also played on "a short regional tour showcasing the new songs" in January. [29] Recording for the follow-up to Gods of the Earth began in February 2010 with Matt Bayles, marking the first time the band had worked with an external producer or engineer (the first two albums were produced by Cronise and engineered by Richie). [30] Recording of the album, titled Warp Riders , was completed by April. [31]

In May, the band contributed to a split release for the second time, covering Thin Lizzy's "Cold Sweat" for a Volcom Entertainment Vinyl Club release with Year Long Disaster, who covered The Sword's own track "Maiden, Mother & Crone". [32] In July, Warp Riders lead single "Tres Brujas" was released as a digital download, [33] and a live EP entitled iTunes Festival: London 2010 (recorded at the iTunes Festival in London on July 3) was also released as an iTunes-exclusive download. [34] Released in August, Warp Riders surpassed the commercial performance of Gods of the Earth when it debuted at number 47 on the Billboard 200, selling almost 9,000 copies in the first week of its release. [35] The band supported Metallica again on a series of September tour dates in Australia, New Zealand and Japan as warm-up for their own Warp Riders Tour, which began the following month. [36]

Kevin Fender replaced founding member Trivett Wingo in 2010 and was the touring drummer for The Sword until 2011. KevinFenderOfTheSword.jpg
Kevin Fender replaced founding member Trivett Wingo in 2010 and was the touring drummer for The Sword until 2011.

Five shows into the opening North American leg of the Warp Riders Tour, The Sword was forced to postpone all dates due to the departure of drummer Trivett Wingo. [37] Explaining his decision to leave, Wingo commented that he felt "physically and emotionally unable to continue on as part of [the band]", [37] and later revealed that he had predicted he would eventually leave the band for "probably a couple of years", justifying his decision by explaining that "my level of anxiety pertaining to being on tour got to the point where medication was not the answer." [38] Upon Wingo's departure from The Sword, the remaining members of the band released the following statement:

For the later rescheduled tour dates, Austin-based drummer Kevin Fender, formerly of Employer, Employee, was enlisted as a temporary touring member. [39] The second single from Warp Riders, "(The Night the Sky Cried) Tears of Fire", was released as a limited edition picture disc at the beginning of November backed with previously unreleased B-side "Farstar", [40] and later in the month the video for "Lawless Lands" – part two of the Warp Riders trilogy – was released online. [41] A number of European dates were rescheduled for May 2011, [42] [43] and the third and final Warp Riders music video "Night City" was released in March. [44] The band toured with Kyuss Lives! and MonstrO in the summer of 2011. [45] In October 2011, Fender was replaced with Santiago "Jimmy" Vela III, [46] and the band saw out the rest of 2011 touring in the US. [47] Guitarist Kyle Shutt later spoke about the drummer changes in an interview in 2012, claiming that Wingo "took a shit all over [the band]" when he left and that Fender was chosen as he already knew how to play the group's songs. [48]

2012–17: Apocryphon, High Country and more

Jimmy Vela joined the band in 2011 and performed on 2012's Apocryphon. JimmyVela-AzkenaRockFestival-20130628.jpg
Jimmy Vela joined the band in 2011 and performed on 2012's Apocryphon .

In March 2012 it was announced that The Sword had signed a worldwide deal with record label Razor & Tie, with plans for a fourth album starting with recording in June and a projected late-2012 release. [49] In May the band released the single "Hammer of Heaven", a song originally recorded in 2003 for the Age of Winters demo and later submitted for inclusion on the soundtrack to the film The Avengers . [50] In the run-up to the recording of their next album, the group only played a few shows in 2012, most notably the Metallica-curated festival Orion Music + More in June, where the band was introduced by Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo. [51] Working with producer J. Robbins, the group recorded the follow-up to Warp Riders at Magpie Cage Studios in Baltimore, Maryland between June and July 2012. [52] The resulting album, Apocryphon , was released in October 2012 and debuted at number 17 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, [16] selling over 16,000 copies in its first week and providing a new chart record for the band. [53] The promotional Apocryphon Tour commenced the following week in the US, [54] and continued across the world throughout the rest of 2012 and 2013. [55]

2012 and 2013 also saw The Sword expanding into business ventures outside of music, beginning in September 2012 with the release of the band's own brand of hot sauce called Tears of Fire. [56] The sauce, which is made with the 'ghost pepper' Bhut Jolokia, was first announced and revealed on the Travel Channel series Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations on September 3, before going on sale to the public the following day. [56] This was followed in October by the release of the band's first line of beer, Winter's Wolves Beer, produced by Baltimore, Maryland-based brewery Oliver Ales, [53] and in July 2013 by a second line of beer, Iron Swan Ale, produced by Texas-based Real Ale Brewing Co. [55] A series of release shows for "Iron Swan Ale" were held in Texas. In 2014, "The Hidden Masters" and "Arcane Montane" were released together as a set of 7" vinyl singles, with electronic remixes of each song by artist Dylan C (Dylan Cameron). [57] Later that year the band collaborated with BMX bike company Subrosa Brand on their own branded BMX model, featuring artwork by Apocryphon artist J. H. Williams III and named "The Stormwitch" after the song, "Eyes of the Stormwitch". [58]

Writing for The Sword's fifth album began in late 2014, [59] which was then recorded between March and April 2015 at Church House Studio in Austin Texas with former Grupo Fantasma guitarist Adrian Quesada as producer. [60] [61] Prior to starting recording, the group also embarked on a short tour between March 11 and 14, visiting four cities in Louisiana, Tennessee and Oklahoma. [61] High Country was released on August 21 and the High Country Tour began in Europe on the same day. [62] The album was the band's first to chart outside of the US and UK, reaching number 74 on the Australian Albums Chart and number 91 on the German Albums Chart. [63] [64] It reached number 30 on the US Billboard 200. [16] In April 2016, the band released a cover of Son House's "John the Revelator" for Record Store Day. [65] In September, a collection of acoustic recordings of High Country songs was released as Low Country . [66] The following May saw the release of the group's first live album, Greetings From... , recorded during late 2016 on tour with Opeth. [67]

2017–present: Used Future and hiatus

The Sword began recording its sixth studio album Used Future in October 2017, working in Portland, Oregon with producer Tucker Martine. [68] "Deadly Nightshade" was released as the lead single from the album on January 26, 2018, [69] followed by "Twilight Sunrise" the following month. [70] The album was released on March 23, 2018 and reached number 104 on the Billboard 200 – the lowest position for a studio release in the band's career since Age of Winters failed to chart. [71]

On September 6, 2018, the band announced via Facebook that they would be going on hiatus. They cancelled the subsequent Australian tour that was scheduled for the autumn of 2018. [72]

On May 6, 2019 guitarist Kyle Shutt released a self titled solo album with the song "Big City" as the album's lead single. [73]

Style, songwriting and influence

The Sword has been categorised as doom metal and identified as an example of the 'classic metal' movement of stoner rock artists influenced by early metal bands such as Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Blue Cheer. [1] With the release of Warp Riders, members of the band acknowledged that fans with a more "narrow-minded" view of heavy metal may feel alienated by stylistic changes. [74] Eduardo Rivadavia of AllMusic described the band on Age of Winters as being "at the forefront of … the 'heritage' or 'retro metal' movement," comparing their style to that of heavy metal veterans Black Sabbath and vocalist Cronise to Ozzy Osbourne. [14] Rolling Stone has also likened the band to Sabbath. [75]

While every member of the band contributes to the musical compositions, Cronise is the primary writer of the band's lyrics. [76] He often uses Norse mythology as a topic in his lyrics, [10] notably in the song "Freya", [77] but cites literature as his main influence, identifying such authors as George R. R. Martin, Robert E. Howard, H. P. Lovecraft and Arthur C. Clarke as inspirations. [1] On Warp Riders, Cronise was again credited for writing all the lyrics, and only guitarist Kyle Shutt was added to the credits for the musical compositions. [78]

The band has cited Black Sabbath as a major influence, in addition to doom trio Sleep, sludge band the Melvins, thrash veterans Slayer, and heavy metal icons Iron Maiden and Deep Purple, among others. [77] The band's guitarists, in discussions of their musical influences, have identified 'classic' metal guitar players such as James Hetfield of Metallica, Pantera's Dimebag Darrell and Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath, and Cronise has also described Billy Gibbons (of ZZ Top) as a "huge influence." [79] In an interview with entertainment newspaper The A.V. Club , Cronise also revealed that local metal band HRM, rock musician Bob Seger and R&B singer Michael Jackson have been influences on The Sword's sound. [8]

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The discography of The Sword, an American heavy metal band, consists of five studio albums, one live album, one compilation album, two extended plays (EPs), one box set, twelve singles and ten music videos. Originally formed in Austin, Texas in 2003 by vocalist and guitarist John D. Cronise with guitarist Kyle Shutt, bassist Bryan Richie and drummer Trivett Wingo, the band issued a number of demos before signing with Kemado Records in 2005. In February 2006, the band's debut full-length studio album Age of Winters was released. Following the inclusion of the track on Guitar Hero II, "Freya" was released as a single in 2007. This was followed by a split EP with Swedish band Witchcraft, to which The Sword contributed new track "Sea of Spears" and a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song".

The North American Tour 2005 was a short concert tour by American heavy metal band The Sword. The tour, which was in support of the band's debut extended play (EP) Freya, began on March 30, 2005, ended on April 30, 2005 and included 29 shows played over one month-long leg.

The Warp Riders Tour is a 2010–2011 worldwide concert tour by American heavy metal band The Sword. Beginning on October 1, 2010 in the United States, the tour is in promotion of the band's upcoming 2010 third album Warp Riders, released on August 24, 2010. Following the United States leg of the tour, the band joined Soundwave, a travelling music festival, in Australia in 2011. They will then perform an additional 12 shows in Europe. Prior to the tour, the band supported Metallica on their continuing World Magnetic Tour in September, and during the tour they also performed at the Austin City Limits Festival, between October 8 and October 10.

<i>Apocryphon</i> (album) 2012 studio album by The Sword

Apocryphon is the fourth studio album by American heavy metal band The Sword. Recorded at Magpie Cage Studios in Baltimore, Maryland with producer J. Robbins, it was released by New York label Razor & Tie in October 2012. Apocryphon is the band's first album without original member Trivett Wingo, and the first to feature his replacement Santiago "Jimmy" Vela III, who took over from interim touring drummer Kevin Fender in October 2011; it is also the first of the band's albums to be released by Razor & Tie, with whom the group signed in early 2012 after seven years with Kemado Records.

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Hammer of Heaven single by The Sword

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The Hidden Masters/Arcane Montane 2014 song performed by The Sword

"The Hidden Masters" and "Arcane Montane" are songs by American heavy metal band The Sword. The lyrics for both were written by vocalist and guitarist J. D. Cronise, and the music is credited to the full band. Produced by J. Robbins, the songs are featured on The Sword's 2012 fourth studio album Apocryphon, and were released together as a single on April 8, 2014.

<i>High Country</i> (album) 2015 studio album by The Sword

High Country is the fifth studio album by American heavy metal band the Sword. Recorded at studios in Austin, Texas and Asheville, North Carolina with producer Adrian Quesada, it was released on August 21, 2015 by Razor & Tie. The album was mixed by J. Robbins, who had previously produced The Sword's 2012 fourth studio album Apocryphon. "High Country" was released as a single on July 20, 2015.

Freya (song) 2007 song performed by The Sword

"Freya" is a song by American heavy metal band The Sword. Written by the band and produced by vocalist and guitarist John D. Cronise, it is featured on the band's 2006 debut studio album Age of Winters. In addition to being released as the only single from the album on September 4, 2007, "Freya" was featured as a playable track on the video game Guitar Hero II, released in November 2006.

<i>Low Country</i> (album) 2016 compilation album by The Sword

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