'Apocryphon,' the fourth album from The Sword attains the highest chart and sales debut of the band’s career this week debuting at number 17 on the Billboard Top 200 with over 16,800 units sold. The album released on Razor & Tie also debuts on a series of other Billboard charts including #2 on Hard Music, #4 on Rock, and #26 on Digital. 'Apocryphon' is available now at the iTunes store.

John Franck SVP of Marketing for Razor & Tie comments, “The Sword have created a remarkable album that everyone here at Razor & Tie is proud to be associated with. We congratulate the band and their entire team on this impressive debut.”

The Sword has also expanded their branding activities which started this summer with the release of “the Tears of Fire” hot sauce, by partnering with Baltimore Maryland based brewery Oliver Ales to introduce “Winter’s Wolves Beer.” Steve Jones, brew master at Oliver Ales, says the following regarding the beer:

“Winter’s Wolves is hand crafted in 7 bbl batches from the finest pale, crystal and roasted malts with the addition of a little clover honey and Scottish Heather Tips and generously bittered with American Chinook and English First Gold hops and finished with American Centennial and English Kent Goldings hops. Each batch is open fermented with English Ale Yeast and aged with toasted American White Oak ... a Heavy Metal Ale weighing in at a little over 7% abv. We are proud to partner with The Sword to produce this ale year round in keg and cask. Listen to great music, drink craft beer!”

The beer will currently be available in pubs throughout Maryland, Washington D.C, and northern Virginia. Future distribution will be announced.

The Sword is currently on a 40 date North America tour in support of 'Apocryphon.' Below are the dates:

The Sword Tour Dates:
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 8- Columbus, Ohio- A&R Bar
Fri/Nov-09 - Cleveland OH - Grog Shop
Sat/Nov-10 - Covington KY –The Madison Theater
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
Mon Dec 17- Dallas, Texas- Trees
Tue/Dec-18 - Houston TX–Fitzgeralds