Category: Interviews


Celebrating the October 22nd release of their fourth album Apocryphon, The Sword today announce a 37 date U.S. tour commencing October 29th in Corpus Christi, Texas and running through December 18th. Gypsyhawk will be support on the entire tour while Eagle Claw will appear through November 24th and American Sharks will appear December 2nd through December 18th.


Mon/Oct-29 – Corpus Christi TX – House Of Rock
Wed/Oct-31 – Oklahoma City OK – Acm
Thu/Nov-01 – Little Rock AR – Downtown Music Hall
Fri/Nov-02 – Shreveport LA – The Riverside Warehouse
Sat/Nov-03 – Austin TX – Fun FunFun Festival
Mon/Nov-05 – Lincoln NE – Bourbon Theater
Tue/Nov-06 – Minneapolis MN – First Ave
Wed/Nov-07 – Chicago IL – Double Door
Thu/Nov-08 – Indianapolis IN – The Vogue
Fri/Nov-09 – Cleveland OH – Grog Shop
Sat/Nov-10 – Covington KY – The Thompson House
Sun/Nov-11 – Detroit MI – St Andrews Hall
Tue/Nov-13 – Philadelphia Pa – Union Transfer
Wed/Nov-14 – New York NY- Webster Hall
Thu/Nov-15 – Pawtucket RI – The Met
Fri/Nov-16 – Cambridge MA – Middle East Downstairs
Sat/Nov-17 – Washington DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
Mon/Nov-19 – Birmingham AL-Workplay
Tue/Nov-20 – Orlando FL – Beacham
Wed/Nov-21 – Atlanta GA – Masquerade
Thu/Nov-22 – Nashville TN – Exit / In
Fri/Nov-23 – Memphis TN – Hi Tone
Sat/Nov-24 – Baton Rouge LA – Spanish Moon
Sun/Dec-02 – Tulsa OK – Eclipse
Mon/Dec-03 – Kansas City MO – Record Bar
Tue/Dec-04 – Denver CO – Bluebird
Wed/Dec-05 – Salt Lake City UT – Urban Lounge
Thu/Dec-06 – Boise ID – Neurolux
Fri/Dec-07 – Portland OR – Hawthorne
Sat/Dec-08 – Seattle WA – Neumos
Mon/Dec-10 – Sacramento CA – Harlows
Tue/Dec-11 – San Francisco CA – Independent
Wed/Dec-12 – Los Angeles CA – El Rey
Thu/Dec-13 – San Diego CA – Brick By Brick
Fri/Dec-14 – Phoenix AZ – Club Red
Sat/Dec-15 – Tucson AZ – Congress
Tue/Dec-18 – Houston TX – Fitzgeralds

The Sword will appear Monday, September 3rd at 9 PM ET/PT on Travel Channel’s highly rated show Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations-The Final Tour. The show was shot in March in Austin, Texas at the SXSW music festival. In the episode, the band takes the opportunity to introduce Bourdain to their branded hot sauce “Tears of Fire.” Check out a clip from the show below:

Can’t wait to see the whole episode!

In other news: Apocryphon, the band’s fourth album and first for new label Razor & Tie will be released October 22nd and followed by a U.S tour. Apocryphon was produced and engineered by J. Robbins (Clutch, Jawbox) and recorded at Magpie Cage Studios in Baltimore, MD. The album will feature cover art by famed comic book artist J.H. Williams III (Batwoman, Promethea). Pre-order details will be coming very shortly so stay tuned!

The Sword official merch store.

Our friends at Metal Injection are hosting a most righteous pre-game show for The Summer Slaughter Tour! We are proud to be presenting this and we hope you tune in.

Head over to starting at 3pm EST/12 Pacific to catch all the fun while they interview the bands from the tour. Full details are below:

“The most extreme tour of the summer, Summer Slaughter, kicks off this Friday at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, CA, and you can’t start a party without a little pre-game. Kicking off this Friday at 3pm eastern (12pm pacific, 8pm London, 4am Japan), Metal Injection will be broadcasting live from the kickoff of the Summer Slaughter tour in Los Angeles, CA for a one-hour pre-game show to the most extreme tour of the summer.

We have interviews scheduled with all the major bands on the tour including Cannibal Corpse, Between The Buried and Me, The Faceless, Veil of Maya, Periphery, Job For A Cowboy and Goatwhore. (Please note: guests subject to change).

We will be broadcasting live, asking the bands everything you wanted to know about the tour and asking them YOUR questions that you send to us via the live chatroom that will be active during the show. We hope you can join us! Also, we’ll be posted archived versions of the interviews later in the day.”

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We are pleased to announce that Swedish folk metal masters Eluveitie has set up shop with IndieMerchstore! The band has been winning over fans worldwide with their infectious blend of folk and death metal. Check out their song “Thousandfold” below:

Choose from a ton of fresh designs, including “Meet The Enemy” shirt and “Quoth The Raven” zip up. Enjoy!

Eluveitie official US merch store.

Video update from The Faceless! YESSSS. This album has been much anticipated for some time now and we are finally getting down the home stretch of seeing its completion and release. Check it out below and Michael and Geoffrey discuss the album title, what to expect, and even a clip of a new song. We are stoked and will definitely keep you informed of a release date.

The Sword have made their new 7″ available for purchase! Due to overwhelming demand, we are making a one-time limited pressing of “Hammer of Heaven” on a 7″ picture disc. Only 1000 ever made and very limited units left

Track Listing:
1. Hammer of Heaven
2. Ebethron (Live at Stubb’s, Austin TX)

Click here to pre-order “Heaven Of Heaven.”

A full set from Soundwave from the legendary Coal Chamber has surfaced online! Check it out below along with a pretty cool interview with the band as they discuss the shows, future plans, and the possibility of new material.

Coal Chamber official merch store.

Happy Monday everyone! I had the opportunity to do some Q & A with Red Fang drummer John Sherman. Check it out below along with their killer new video and shirt design!

1. Your awesome new video for “Hank Is Dead” recently premiered, featuring air guitar winner Tony Tapatio. I looked up some previous footage of this guy air shreddin’ and he is no joke! Any cool stories from the shoot?

Yeah, Tony is no joke indeed. He walked away with the oversize novelty check for $1000 and the champion title. The shoot was super fun, as all our experiences with Whitey have been. The huge speakers on top of the car were the real deal, so driving around town blasting jams and yelling at pedestrians was pretty amazing. Whitey has a way of bringing out the teenage jackasses in us, I guess.

2. This is your second tour in a row with Mastodon in two different vastly different markets. How has it been on the road with those dudes and how do the European crowds compare to the ones in the US?

Touring with Mastodon is the dream. Seriously, they are the nicest dudes in the world and super fun to hang out with. Extremely friendly guys and they treat us like family. Half way through the US tour they asked us to come to Europe ‘with them and it was very easy to say yes. The crowds really aren’t that much different over here versus back home – I mean, Mastodon crowds are insane no matter where you go, and, luckily, they seem to be into us as well. Dream tour – opening for a killer band that has tons of amazing fans who dig our sound AND they are total bros. Amazing.

3. Did you guys find a “go to” beer out there on tour or is it whatever the venue provides?

No “go to” beer over here, really. We try all the local favorites wherever we go. Honestly, I’ve been way more into wine on this tour, but that’s just me. There’s plenty of amazing beers over here. Some crappy ones too!

4. The aesthetic Red Fang has created is a rare feat in the metal community these days, combining honest and heavy music with humor through your music videos and interviews. Was this something the band set out to do from the onset or did it come naturally?

It’s funny how little we actually “set out” to do. We are just being ourselves – we love heavy rock and we are goofballs. It is entirely possible to take your music very seriously without taking yourselves seriously. You probably won’t ever hear a “joke” song on a Red Fang record, but when it comes to videos comedy just comes naturally. Like, we would rather see some idiots smash through a wall of milk in a station wagon than mope around in a dark dungeon being all mean and serious. That’s no fun. Come on out that dark dungeon, little buddy, and party with us! It’s nice up here!

5. What is your favorite merch design the band has had online or on tour?

We probably will all tell you different personal favorites – we never agree. That’s why we have to have several designs! Right now, my favorite is the new “Bearded Skull” design this kid, Xavi from Barcelona, made for us. It’s pretty amazing. Seems like the classic “Sabertooth Skull” design is the most popular though. We have been fortunate to have some killer designs come our way.

Their killer new aforementioned design “Bearded Skull” is now available at the Red Fang official merch store.



New Intronaut interview!

Our good friends at recently interviewed Intronaut regarding their upcoming tour with the legendary TOOL. It’s a humorous sit down with the band in which they explain on how stoked they are as well as the potential of dealing with unsavory crowds.
Read the interview here.

Confirmed dates are below:
01/14 Reno, NV – Reno Events Center
01/15 Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay Events Center
01/17 Tucson, AZ – Tucson Arena
01/18 Albuquerque, NM – Tingley Coliseum
01/20 Grand Prairie, TX – Verizon Theatre
01/21 Grand Prairie, TX – Verizon Theatre
01/24 Toledo, OH – Huntington Center
01/25 Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
01/26 London, ON – John Labatt Centre

Intronaut official merch store.

GWAR have made their cover of Dayglo Abortions’ “Isn’t This Disgusting” available on iTunes. It is the last song they recorded with guitarist Cory Smoot before his untimely passing. Singer Oderus had this to say about it:

“The Dayglo’s have always been one of my favorite bands ever since we played a show with them 25 years ago. So when we heard about this project we were completely stoked, not just with the idea, but the song selected for us. It pretty much sums up my whole attitude. But I had no idea it would the last time I worked with Cory Smoot in the studio. This track has Cory‘s last studio leads, and as usual they fucking rip. Cory may have left us but his music will live forever. CRANK IT!”

Click here to purchase “Isn’t This Disgusting.”

All proceeds from the single will go directly to the Snoot Family Fund to help his wife and child. Righteous jams going to a righteous cause? It’s a no brainer.

GWAR official merch store.

Cancer Bats have titled their highly anticipated album “Dead Set On Living.” Look for the new jams to drop early next year. The band recently conducted an interview discussing the band and their inspiration for “Living.” It’s a great read so check it out!

Cancer Bats interview.

Hail Destroyer video:

Cancer Bats official merch store.

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