The Sword’s brand new music video – for the song ‘Fire Lances of the Ancient Hyperzephyrians’ – sees its world online premiere today via Stereogum. Click Here to view the video.
‘Fire Lances of the Ancient Hyperzephyrians’ is taken from The Sword’s impending new album, Gods of the Earth, which will drop on April 1, via Kemado Records. The follow up to the band’s critically acclaimed debut Age of Winters, Gods of the Earth was recorded at Folkvang Studios in Austin, TX, and is said to be “more ambitious, more accomplished and simply bigger.”
The Austin, TX-based quartet has announced both U.S. and United Kingdom headlining tours in support of the much anticipated new album. The Sword will launch a UK headlining trek on March 25 in Nottingham. The tour will hit London’s Underworld venue on April 3. Support on The Sword tour will be provided by Oakland, CA quartet Saviours and San Francisco’s Black Cobra.
On April 14, The Sword will kick off a west coast U.S. headlining run. The 13 city jaunt will feature support from Slough Feg and Brooklyn progressive thrash trio Children. Additional The Sword U.S. headlining dates are expected to be announced in the immediate future.
The Sword has also been announced as one of the featured artists of the 2008 Bonnaroo Music Festival, set to take place June 12-15 in Manchester, TN. Known for showcasing “some of the best performers in rock and roll, along with dozens of artists in complementary styles,” Bonnaroo 2008 will see The Sword perform alongside such acts as Metallica, Sigur Ros, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, The Raconteurs, M.I.A. and Willie Nelson. A full listing of upcoming The Sword live dates follows this message.
The final track listing for Gods of the Earth is as follows:
- 1.) The Sundering
2.) The Frost Giant’s Daughter
3.) How Heavy This Axe
5.) Fire Lances of the Ancient Hyperzephyrians
6.) To Take the Black
7.) Maiden, Mother & Crone
8.) Under the Boughs
9.) The Black River
10.) The White Sea
The Sword features guitarist / vocalist J.D. Cronise, guitarist Kyle Shutt, bassist Bryan Richie and drummer Trivett Wingo.
If Thrash Metal is your thing, Ultimatum has released a record that you must seek out!
Ultimatum is a Christian thrash metal band that has been around since 1992. Don’t let the Christian thing fool you! This is 100% pure heavy metal.
Into the Pit features the razor sharp vocals of Scott Waters. His style may not be for everyone, but extreme metal fans are likely going to love this. His style is almost Death Metal like, but unlike many singers who fall into the cookie monster trap, you can understand the lyrics. At times, Waters often reminds me of Mike Muir from Suicidal Tendencies. Often Into the Pit is a heavy record, that compares sonically to 80’s thrash metal. Fans of bands like Overkill, Testament and some early Metallica, may find something to sink their teeth into here.
On Into the Pit, the guitars are fierce, the lyrics and vocals are intense, and the drum beats are driving and sometimes insanely fast.
I don’t recall any recent albums of this style being this good. Retroactive Records has found one hell of a band with Ultimatum. My favorite cuts on this disc are Heart of Metal, Into the Pit and Game Over. This isn’t usually the style of music that I listen to on a regular basis, but when I want to hear some new thrash metal, I will be grabbing for Ultimatum’s Into The Pit.
Buy Into the Pit and Play it Loud! For more information on Ultimatum, check out their myspace page.
Rating: Out of 10
- One for All
- Blood Covenant
- Heart of Metal
- Blind Faith
- Into the Pit
- Game Over