NWOTHM bastions The Sword are back in the studio and pounding out the riffs which will eventually underpin their eagerly anticipated third album.

After a long spell on the road opening up for the legendary Metallica, the US stars are finally bowing to fan pressure and crafting their next assault on the rock world.

With the album expected later this year, The Sword’s Trivett Wingo said: “Sword fans everywhere, since you wouldn’t stop asking for a new album, we figured we’d write some songs and give you what you deserve.

“Last week we started recording our as yet untitled third full length with producer and engineer Matt Bayles here in Austin.

“We don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves and of course you’ll be the judge, but let’s say we have a strong intuition that this will be our best release to date.

“We’ve never attempted something quite on this scale as far as song-writing and sheer sonic magnificence go and we’re a little worried it might be TOO AWESOME for you to handle.

“While you’re waiting for this baby to drop you can check out our show at Stubb’s on March 16th with Year Long Disaster and some old school metal band called Motörhead…”