The Sword Review: Low Country Is An Acoustic Take On High Country
The Sword released its new album “Low Country” on Friday. The American heavy metal band’s new album comprises a compilation of their 2015 album High Country.Advertisement
Low Country is an acoustic version of High Country that is The Sword’s fifth studio album. The American heavy metal band recorded their new album’s tracks in early 2016.
Low Country is a selection of acoustic versions of the songs from their previous album. The album has been produced by The Sword bassist Bryan Richie and J. Robbins mixed the effort, while cover art for the album is by Richey Beckett.
The Sword’s new album Low Country is a stripped down acoustic presentation of the songs from High Country. The album that was dropped by the band in August 2015 was critically acclaimed all over the world, and to support the album, The Sword went on a nine-month tour.
Low Country consists of nine tracks. These include “Unicorn Farm,” “Empty Temples,” “High Country,” “Mist & Shadow,” “Seriously Mysterious,” “Early Snow,” “The Dreamthieves,” “Buzzards,” “Ghost Eye” and “The Bees of Spring.”
The Texas-based band was formed in 2003. The members of the band include Kyle Shutt, Bryan Richie and Santiago Vela III. In Low Country, the band’s frontman John D Cronise does a pretty good job with his cool and laid-back style, but it very different from the doom-metal style that The Sword is known for.
The band has tried to be a little bit too experimental with the album. They have also tried to “consolidate the strengths of High Country while eliminating some of its excesses, in turn highlighting the strength of its compositions by eliminating many of its more controversial production choices,” according to Jeremy Ulrey.
The Sword’s world tour post High Country consisted of Europe and the UK, followed by two full American/Canadian tours and a tour of Australia. The album debuted at No 4 after’s its release last year.
The Sword will be heading out as direct support for the Opeth tour from Sep. to Oct.26. Opeth’s tour will have 10 headline shows by The Sword.
Between Sep.23-28, The Sword will be supported by Ruby the Hatchet, which is the first leg of the tour. In the second leg, C Average will support the heavy metal band. The dates are from Oct.28 to Nov.1.
Check the complete dates for The Sword’s “Low Country” tour.
September 26 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theater
September 28 – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry
September 29 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
September 30 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
October 1 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
October 2 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
October 4 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis
October 5 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
October 7 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
October 8 – Canton, OH – Good Year Theater at East End
October 9 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theater
October 10 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
October 12 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
October 13 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
October 14 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
October 15 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live!
October 18 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
October 19 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
October 21 – Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
October 22 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield
October 24 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
October 25 – Seattle, WA – The Moore
October 26 – Vancouver, Canada – Orpheum
October 28 – Boise, ID – Neurolux
October 29 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
October 30 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
November 1 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
— The Sword (@TheSword) September 25, 2016