The Sword Breed a Powerful She-Devil in 'Veil of Isis' Video

Also: trippy CGI scene may ruffle some seapunk flippers

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We recently sat down with Austin metal masters the Sword to discuss their Black Sabbath- and sci-fi-inspired new album Apocryphon, and the first video to hail from that gnarly platter continues the theme of far-out bleakness and trippy evil doings. Directed by Simon Chan (Mars Volta, Coheed and Cambria), the clip accompanies old-school grinder "The Veil of Isis," and revolves around one young woman's journey from cult victim to potential world destroyer. When first we meet our heroine, she's stalked by zomboid satanists and fed a sketchy tablet by a shaman. In the next scene, she has become a veiled CGI nude ascending to the sky in front of an unreal desert scape (honestly, it'd be seapunk if it wasn't so arid). She winds up repeating the trip until she masters the high, and then returns ready to wreak some serious havoc on the witchdoctor who fed her that brown acid in the first place. A lyrical sample: "The moon shines over the sea as the mother of man / Somewhere seven ships collide, seven sailors lose their lives / But the voyage continues on the other side." Spoiler alert: not if Isis gets there first. The Sword are on the road now into mid December. Voyage with them.

The Sword tour dates:
Nov. 16 - Cambridge, MA @Middle East Downstairs
Nov. 17 - Washington, DC  @ Rock & Roll Hotel
Nov. 19 - Birmingham, AL @ Workplay
Nov. 20 - Orlando, FL @ Beacham
Nov. 21 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Nov. 22 - Nashville, TN @ Exit / In
Nov. 23 - Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone
Nov. 24 - Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
Dec. 2 - Tulsa, OK @ Eclipse
Dec. 3 - Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
Dec. 4 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird
Dec. 5 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Dec. 6 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux
Dec. 7 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne
Dec. 8 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos
Dec. 10 - Sacramento, CA @ Harlows
Dec. 11 - San Francisco, CA @ Independent
Dec. 12 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey
Dec. 13 - San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
Dec. 14 - Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
Dec. 15 - Tucson, AZ @ Congress
Dec. 17 - Dallas, Texas @ Trees
Dec. 18 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgeralds
Dec. 19 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s

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