10th Anniversary Vinyl Pressing Of The Sword’s “Apocryphon” To Be Released In December

The 10th anniversary vinyl pressing of The Sword’s “Apocryphon” will now be released on December 16. The effort was previously set to be released earlier this month as part of Record Store Day’s Black Friday event. The band, who recently called it quits, commented:

“UPDATE: Although initially announced as part of the RSD Black Friday line-up, the 10th Anniversary Cosmic Yellow Swirl pressing of APOCRYPHON will now be released on December 16th but will remain exclusive to independent retailers! Available for pre-order now at the link! 🗡️”

10th Anniversary Vinyl Pressing Of The Sword’s “Apocryphon” Delayed To April

The 10th anniversary vinyl pressing of The Sword’s “Apocryphon” has been delayed. The effort will now be released during next year’s Record Store Day (April 15). Interestingly, the band, who recently called it quits, were not aware of the date change:

The Sword Call It Quits

The Sword have officially called it quits. The news was confirmed by vocalist/guitarist John D. Cronise.

Cronise said the following:

“Hello friends, I find it my duty to inform you that, after much contemplation, I have reached the difficult conclusion that it’s time to bring The Sword‘s long and storied career to a close.

When I started the band back in 2004, I could’ve only hoped for the successes we’ve enjoyed, and I consider myself extremely lucky to have been able to do it for a living for almost two decades. In that time everything I ever wanted to say and do with The Sword creatively has been said and done, and so the time has come for me to move on to other endeavors.

Thanks to everyone who’s ever come to a show, bought our albums and merch, and supported us over the years. Thanks to everyone who’s teched, tour managed, done sound, or sold merch for us. Thanks to all the bands who’ve taken us on tour and to all the bands we’ve taken on tour.

Thanks to the promotors and venues who booked us and let us play. Thanks to the producers and recording engineers who worked on our albums and to the labels that released them. Thanks to Josh our booking agent and Mark our business manager, whom we are glad to count as friends. And most of all thanks to my bandmates, Kyle, Bryan, Jimmy, and Trivett, for having faith in me and allowing me to realize my vision. You dudes are true legends.

It’s been a helluva journey. Now it’s time for the next chapter…”

The Sword Announce Spring Shows With Sun Voyager & Nate Bergman

The Sword have booked some spring headlining shows with Sun Voyager and Nate Bergman around their tour with Clutch. Here’s the dates:

04/25 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
04/26 Jersey City, NJ – White Eagle Hall
05/09 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
05/16 Memphis, TN – Growlers

The Sword Announce U.S. Tour With Zombi

The Sword have announced a U.S. tour with Zombi. Here’s the dates:

02/24 Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
02/25 Boise, ID – Neurolux
02/26 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
02/28 Seattle, WA – Nuemos
03/01 Spokane, WA – Lucky Lounge
03/03 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
03/04 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theater
03/05 San Diego, CA – Belly Up
03/06 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
03/08 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
03/09 Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre
03/11 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
03/12 Dallas, TX – Amplified Live
03/13 Austin, TX – Mohawk

The Sword Announce Summer Headlining Shows

The Sword have announced some summer headlining shows. These concerts will take place around their tour with Primus and Wolfmother. Here’s the dates:

08/29 Columbia, SC – The Senate
09/01 Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
09/02 Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
09/03 Athens, GA – Georgia Theater
09/12 Oklahoma City, OK – 89th Street
09/15 Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre (with Wizard Rifle)
09/23 Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place (with Wizard Rifle)
09/27 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall Of Williamsburg (with Wizard Rifle)


The Sword Share Quarantine Cover Of Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers’ “Don’t Do Me Like That”

The Sword have shared a quarantine cover of Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers’ “Don’t Do Me Like That” as part of their “Conquest Of Quarantine” series. The performance features Joe Cornetti (Croy & The Boys) and it can be seen below:

The Sword Share Quarantine Cover Of Rush’s “Working Man”

The Sword have shared a quarantine cover of Rush’s “Working Man.” This performance serves as the third and final installment of the band’s “Conquest Of Quarantine” series. Bryan Richie commented:

“In the early 2000s we were given a CD by one of Kyle’s record store buddies with SLUSH scrawled across it and little did we know what a wild ride awaited us. This dude had taken his favorite Rush songs and dropped the pitch control on his record player as low as it would go – taking these classic Rush tracks and turning them into a C standard sludge fest with the most air drumable drums!! Does it doom? Heck yes it does. Enjoy our cover of the classic Rush track ‘Working Man‘ with a Slush’y spin.”