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…”

Mötley Crüe, Ghost, Papa Roach, Kittie, Etc. Releases Set For 2022 Black Friday Record Store Day Event

The full list of special releases for this year’s Black Friday Record Store Day event (November 25) has officially been revealed. You can find that HERE. A list of various rock/metal releases can also be found below.

Rock/Metal Releases:

  • Black Label Society – “Skullage” (Colored 2xLP) (MNRK) (limited to 4,000)
  • Dream Widow – “Dream Widow” (Vinyl) (RCA) (limited to 12,000)
  • Ace Frehley – “Origins Vol. 2” (Picture Disc) (MNRK Heavy) (limited to 5,000)
  • Ghost – “Impera” (12″ Picture Disc) (Loma Vista) (limited to 9,250)
  • Kittie – “Oracle” (Clear Red Vinyl) (MNRK Heavy) (limited to 3,000)
  • Mötley Crüe – “Girls Girls Girls Tour EP” (10″ Vinyl) (BMG) (limited to 4,250)
  • Motörhead -“The Lost Tapes Vol.3 (Live in Malmo 2000)” (2xLP) (BMG) (limited 2,600)
  • Nashville Pussy – “Say Something Nasty” (Green/White Marble Vinyl) (MNRK Heavy) (limited to 2,400)
  • OTTTO – “Locos Live In Venice” (Vinyl) (Record Store Day) (limited to 1,000)
  • Papa Roach – “Ego Trip” (LP/7″) (New Noize Records) (limited to 3,000)
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Return Of The Dream Canteen” (Silver 2xLP) (Warner) (limited to 5,000)
  • Rival Schools – “United By Fate” (Deluxe Edition) (2xLP) (Run For Cover Records) (limited to 700)
  • Shadows Fall – “The Art Of Balance” (LP) (M-Theory Audio) (limited to 2,500)
  • Silverstein – “Arrivals & Departures” (15th Anniversary Edition) (Craft Recordings) (limited to 3,900)
  • Dee Snider And Lzzy Hale – “The Magic Of Christmas Day” (10″) (BFD (limited to 1,500)
  • The Sword – “Apocryphon” (10th Anniversary Edition) (LP) (Craft Recordings) (limited to 3,800)
  • Wolfpack – “Complete Recordings 1996-1999” (LP box set) (Southern Lord) (limited to 800)

[via The PRP]

Zombi Digitally Release “Zombi & Friends, Vol. 1” Covers Album

Zombi have digitally released a new covers album titled “Zombi & Friends, Vol. 1.” The effort features various quarantine covers that the band recorded with Pinkish Black‘s Daron Beck, The Sword‘s Bryan Richie, Zao‘s Jeff Gretz, and Trans Am‘s Philip Manley during the pandemic. Physical copies will be available on June 17.

“Zombi & Friends, Vol. 1” Track Listing:

01. “Guilty” (Barry Gibb cover)
02. “Suspicions” (Eddie Rabbitt cover)
03. “I Can’t Tell You Why” (Eagles cover)
04. “Sirius“/”Eye In The Sky” (The Alan Parsons Project cover)
05. “Take You Back” (Frank Stallone cover)
06. “Takin’ It To the Streets” (Michael McDonald cover)
07. “Captain of Her Heart” (Double cover)
08. “Deja Vu” (Dionne Warwick cover)
09. “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine” (Lou Rawls cover)
10. “America” (Neil Diamond cover)

Zombi‘s Steve Moore commented:

“Last year we invited some of our close friends to take part in a series of soft and smooth cover songs we loved from our childhood. Over the course of the year we recorded 25 songs, from roughly the mid 70’s through the mid 80’s, and released a new one almost every Friday. It was a chance to stay busy and connected during the pandemic. Admittedly it started as a bit of a joke with our Barbra Streisand cover, which was originally going to be a one-off, but the reaction was so strong we decided to plan out a whole series.”

Eagles Of Death Metal, The Sword, Crowbar, Etc. Set For 2022 Ripplefest Texas

The lineup has been revealed for this year’s Ripplefest Texas. The event will take place at The Far Out Lounge in Austin, TX on July 21-24 and it will feature the following: Eagles Of Death Metal, The Sword, Crowbar, Mothership, Big Business, The Obsessed, Stöner, Spirit Adrift, The Heavy Eyes, Sasquatch, Rezn, Fatso Jetson, Heavy Temple, JD Pinkus, Lord Buffalo, Lo-Pan, Wino, El Perro, Void Vator, Hippie Death Cult, Doctor Smoke, Howling Giant, Nick Oliveri, High Desert Queen, Destroyer Of Life, Ape Machine, High Priestess, Dryheat, Rubber Snake Charmers, Sun Crow, Holy Death Trio, Bone Church, Horseburner, Spirit Mother, Thunder Horse, The Age Of Truth, Kind, All Souls, Las Cruces, Salem’s Bend, Fostermother, The Absurd, Mother Iron Horse, Mr. Plow, Snake Mountain Revival, Blue Heron, Grail, Formula 400, Rickshaw Billie’s Burger Patrol, Eagle Claw, Bridge Farmers, Godeye, and Ole English.

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

Clutch Announce North American Tour With Eyehategod, The Sword, Etc.

Clutch have announced a spring headlining tour. Eyehategod and Tigercub will open on the first leg, while The Sword and Nate Bergman (Lionize) will open on the second leg.

Tour Dates:

With Eyehategod & Tigercub:

03/16 Birmingham, AL – Iron City
03/18 New Orleans, LA – Fillmore
03/19 Tyler, TX – Country River Club
03/20 San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theatre
03/22 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
03/24 Santa Ana, CA – Observatory
03/25 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
03/26 Reno, NV – Virginia Street Brewhouse
03/28 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
03/29 Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
03/31 Edmonton, AB – Midway
04/01 Calgary, AB – The Palace Theatre
04/02 Missoula, MT – Wilma Theatre
04/03 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
04/05 Billings, MT – Pub Station
04/07 Minneapolis, MN – First Ave.
04/08 Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
04/09 Green Bay, WI – Epic Events Center
04/10 Joliet, IL – The Forge

With The Sword & Nate Bergman:

04/27 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
04/29 Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino
04/30 Providence, RI – The Strand
05/01 Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theatre
05/03 Rochester, NY – Anthology
05/04 London, ON – Music Hall
05/06 Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room
05/07 Grand Rapids, MI – GLC Live at 20 Monore
05/08 Columbus, OH – KEMBA Live!
05/10 Moline, IL – The Rust Belt
05/12 Tulsa, OK – Cains Ballroom
05/13 Wichita, KS – The Cotillion
05/14 Sauget, IL – POP’s
05/15 Little Rock, AR – The Hall
05/17 Knoxville, TN – Mill & Mine
05/18 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
05/19 Daytona Beach, FL – Welcome to Rockville
05/21 Myrtle Beach, SC – Bike Week
05/22 Richmond, VA – The National

Zombi Announce Headlining U.S. Shows

Zombi have announced some headlining U.S. shows. The dates will take place around their previously announced tour with The Sword.

Tour Dates:

Zombi:

02/18 Louisville, KY – Zanzibar
02/19 Chicago, IL – The Empty Bottle
02/20 Milwaukee, WI – X-Ray Arcade
02/21 Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry

With The Sword:

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

Zombi:

03/15 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
03/16 Durham, NC – The Pinhook
03/17 Richmond, VA – The Camel
03/18 Washington, DC – Comet Ping Pong

Watch Living Colour, Zeal & Ardor, The Sword, Etc. Members Cover Funkadelic’s “Hit It And Quit It”

“Two Minutes To Late Night” host Jordan “Gwarsenio Hall” Olds has joined forces with Manuel Gagneux (Zeal & Ardor), Emily Panic (“Ghosts To Show You Podcast”), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Bryan Giles (Red Fang), Bryan Richie (The Sword), and Moe Watson (Shai Hulud) for a cover of Funkadelic’s “Hit It And Quit It.” You can check that out below. “Two Minutes To Late Night” commented:

“Marky Mark and the Funkadelic Bunch! Gwarsenio took some bad asprin and now tripping out with members of Zeal & Ardor, Red Fang, The Sword, Shai Hulud, and Vernon Reid of Living Colour. This is our 51th bedroom cover made with the support of Patreon. Become a Patreon patron today and get access to exclusive rewards like patches, t-shirts, even custom songs! Plus, you get to see every cover we make before it publicly premieres http://www.twominutestolatenight.com