Frontman John D. Cronise announced the news on social media

The Sword

After two decades together, The Sword have called it quits. Singer and guitarist John D. Cronise announced the news on social media Thursday. Read Cronise’s full statement below.

Hello friends,

I find it my duty to inform you that, after much contemplation, I have reached the difficult conclusion that it’s time to bring The Sword’s long and storied career to a close.

When I started the band back in 2004, I could’ve only hoped for the successes we’ve enjoyed, and I consider myself extremely lucky to have been able to do it for a living for almost two decades. In that time everything I ever wanted to say and do with The Sword creatively has been said and done, and so the time has come for me to move on to other endeavors.

Thanks to everyone who’s ever come to a show, bought our albums and merch, and supported us over the years. Thanks to everyone who’s teched, tour managed, done sound, or sold merch for us. Thanks to all the bands who’ve taken us on tour and to all the bands we’ve taken on tour. Thanks to the promotors and venues who booked us and let us play.

Thanks to the producers and recording engineers who worked on our albums and to the labels that released them.

Thanks to Josh our booking agent and Mark our business manager, whom we are glad to count as friends. And most of all thanks to my bandmates, Kyle, Bryan, Jimmy, and Trivett, for having faith in me and allowing me to realize my vision. You dudes are true legends.

It’s been a helluva journey. Now it’s time for the next chapter…

John D. Cronise

Cronise founded The Sword in 2003 along with guitarist Kyle Shutt and drummer Trivett Wingo. Their Sabbath-inspired sludge metal was a breath of rift fresh air. The group officially launched in 2006 with the release of their debut studio album Age of Winters. They went on to release five more albums. Their last effort was 2018’s Used Future.

The band’s greatest commercial success came with 2012’s Apocryphone, which peaked at No. 17 on the Billboard 200, No. 4 on the Top Rock Albums chart and No. 2 on the Top Hard Rock Albums chart