The Sword Biography
There are two bands that Last FM classifies as "The Sword": 1) A doom/stoner metal band from Texas, USA. 2) A melodic punk band from Leeds, UK, called The sWord who formed in 2004 by ex-members of Joe Ninety and Dugong. Their debut album was released on Clean it up! Records. Here follows a more detailed description of the former: The Sword is a doom/stoner-metal four-piece hailing from -- of all places -- the singer/songwriter oasis of Austin, TX. 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 Richie, and drummer Trivett Wingo, and made a much 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 debut 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 arrived in spring 2008.