Friday, March 23, 2018

Out today: THE SWORD - Used Future

The Sword's sixth studio album, Used Future, is out today on Razor & Tie Records. The album was produced by Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists, First Aid Kit) and mastered by Brian Lucey (The Black Keys, Ghost).

Watch the awesome "Used Future" music video, here:

The Sword is on tour now! See tourdates, here:

Read more about The Sword, here:

"The Sword's upcoming sixth record, 'Used Future'... features their most pristine production to date courtesy of Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, Death Cab for Cutie) and consummates their pivot away from doom metal. The former Black Sabbath acolytes now incorporate elements of Led Zeppelin, Thin Lizzy and Blackfoot into their sound..."


"The group hones in on a very cool, very Seventies-style heavy rock & roll sound that would fit neatly on a record shelf next to Deep Purple..."

"Retro crunch... A little sci-fi synth here, a little funk swagger there."
–The A.V. Club

"Monstrous grooves underlie heavy riffs... 'Used Future' sees the group further augment its signature brand of crushing rock with a heavier synth and electronic presence."
–Modern Drummer

"The Sword have evolved from sci-fi channeling metallians to hard n' heavy rockers of the order that walked the earth nearly half a century ago... [Used Future] marries blown-out analog synths worthy of John Carpenter or Tangerine Dream with massive Led Zeppelin riffs and scorching, ZZ Top-style licks..."
–High Times

"Catchy riffs and intoxicating grooves, merging the likes of Sabbath with ZZ Top..."

"An infectious, classic rock-inspired song machine... Catchy hooks mixed with groove-rock mentality that sounds as modern as any Queens of the Stone Age record in 2018."
–LA Weekly

"Another dose of riffy, '70s-inspired rock."

"'Used Future' finds the Austin outfit morphing into a full-bore space-truckin’ classic rock act, replete with harmonized guitars, glowing analog synth tones, and lyrics about highways, both astral and material... like some long-lost Thin Lizzy concept album based on 'Tron.'"
–Free Williamsburg 

"As many masterful melodies as raucous riffs."
–Time Out Austin

"Austin's most prominent metal band continues to push against the boundaries and stereotypes of the genre... Drawing upon psychedelia, classic rock, folk, and other influences."
–Austin American-Statesman

"While the band's new album 'Used Future' is another turn in music style for these guys, that's kind of always been their since 'Warp Riders' dropped several years ago, and they're always solid live."
–Houston Press

"The group’s heavy bent, fervently-conceived doom metal roots certainly remain in tact, but the new single injects a bit more space than fans may be used to, and sets up for a heck of a live show."

–Sacramento Bee

"On its sixth album, Used Future, The Sword effectively transitions from metal to '70s rock. Songs such as 'Deadly Nightshade' and 'Twilight Sunrise' still groove but both tracks have trippy mid-song interludes that recall Pink Floyd as much as they recall Black Sabbath."
–Cleveland Scene

"There’s no better time for Austin, TX retro space groove collective The Sword to drop their bluesy, mustachioed, off-world road hog 'Used Future'... In all the best ways, The Sword’s sixth full-length feels like a transmission from a techno-mystical cult who only communicate in frayed-denim guitar licks from forty-plus years ago."

"A step forward in the overall evolution of The Sword. They're taking greater cues from early classic rock, embracing storytelling through instrumentation, and further distancing themselves from stoner metal."

–Metal Injection

"Fuzzy, psyche-rock inspired..."

–Metal Insider

"Sonically, the band continue to slowly metamorph into their Texas forebears ZZ Top, with more bluesy than sludgy riffs, that evoke long stretches of cacti and tumbleweeds..."


"Used Future takes its listeners on a trip back to the days of ‘70s garage rock, with epic stoner riffs that echo the likes of early Black Sabbath, often breaking into mind-altering jam sessions."
–New Noise 

"Its crisp 13 tracks/43 minutes are pulled off with professionalism... The Sword have never done anything other than deliver accessible heavy rock and tour like hell... At this point the band has at very least earned a measure of respect for what they’ve accomplished as ambassadors of underground heavy."
–The Obelisk

"The extra usage of synths creates a spatial vibe where the fuzz, the Southern rock riffs, and retro influences fed through a contemporary production, have room to breathe."
–Echoes and Dust

"The Sword barrel down the highway bludgeoning passers-by with thick Southern riffs, warped sci-fi, and a groove that may hit your feet as hard as your head."
–Scene Point Blank

"Their most refined album to date. Once again, the group delivers some catchy, psychedelic rock anthems, but has additionally threaded them together with recurring interludes and postludes for a nice, cinematic polish."

"The Sword have lightened up their sound the past few years and the band's latest releases, 'Used Future,' shows that change in style coming into full bloom."
–Bearded Gentlemen Music

"They’ve gotten comfortable and confident enough to basically do whatever they want and not worry about pleasing folks who only loved their first three (or two) albums... After one spin through 'Used Future' it already stuck with me more than anything since 'Warp Riders'..."
–Last Rites

"While the band have moved on from being called the next Metallica or whatever you deemed them to be, they could care less and are better for it."
–Nine Circles

"The Long Play format is not dead and The Sword show how a collection of songs, well placed and correctly sequenced, can create a fantastic listening experience... I have always loved the vocal style of John D. Cronise and found that the drawl-like Texan feel he gives works perfectly with both the band’s previous doom style and this more, stripped-down, classic rock. The drums and bass are as groovy as hell and the dueling lead guitars evoke the staple sound of Southern rock perfectly." 
–It Djents

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