(New York, NY) – Razor & Tie announces the addition of the Akron based rock band Red Sun Rising to its worldwide label roster. The band will work with producer Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Shinedown, Seether) in early 2015 and will release its debut album in 2015.  Red Sun Rising is confirmed to play Rock on The Range as well as a number of additional festivals.  Fresh off tour with Pop Evil the band will be hitting the road hard this year. 
Listen to the song “Abort” now on the band’s site here:
Mike Protich of Red Sun Rising comments, “Red Sun Rising is what rock was built on but is not today’s rock, but a new rock alternative. Subtle touches of blues mixed with the dark minor tonality of today. Our music allows the listener to travel through a song that is anything but linear. With soaring vocals we strive to find melodies that convey the passion of our thought provoking lyrical content and push the boundaries that rock today has somewhat forgotten.” 
“From the minute we heard Mike Protich’s one-of-a-kind, huge voice to seeing Red Sun Rising take the stage and literally flatten the audience, we knew we watching a great band ready to take on the world. We left their packed hometown show in Akron, Ohio, convinced we had seen a true star on the rise,” adds Razor & Tie Senior Director of A&R Mike Gitter who signed the band.
Red Sun Rising is Mike Protich (vocals/guitar), Ryan Williams (guitar) and Tyler Valendza (guitar).  The trio, from Akron, Ohio, came together in 2012 and is quickly becoming an Active Rock/Alternative music force. Protich and Williams grew up together and have been songwriting partners for half their lives.  Valendza, the uber young, and once child prodigy guitarist has been with the band for the past 20 months and has become a key part of the songwriting team.  Additionally, Williams and Valendza have perfected their “twin guitar” vibe reminiscent of the Gossard/McCready and Delson/Shinoda partnerships.  RSR is perhaps best known for the live performance and have spent the last 18 months supporting bands including Pop Evil, Seether, Sevendust, Shinedown, Chevelle and others.   The band is managed by The Elevation Group & G&G Entertainment Consultants.
Red Sun Rising joins Razor & Tie at an exciting time in the label’s history as R&T finished 2014 as the #2 overall label at Rock Radio and the #1 indie label.  Led by breaking stars The Pretty Reckless, Starset and Attila and established greats All That Remains and The Sword, Razor & Tie is becoming the leading label in rock. 
     it’s loud, it’s dirty, it’s ROCK N; ROLL!!!
     -the Hellion

The Sword “Arcane Montane” Video Live Today At Swordofdoom‏

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(Austin, TX)- In conjunction with the start tonight of their final North American tour on the Apocryphon album cycle, The Sword today release a lyric video for the track “Arcane Montane.” The video appears here at
The tour, which starts tonight in the band’s hometown of Austin, TX, brings to an end the touring for Apocryphon,  which was released in October of 2012. Dates for the tour are below.
Thu/Feb 13 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
Fri/Feb 14 – Houston TX @ Fitzgeralds
Sat/Feb 15 – Dallas TX @ Gas Monkey
Mon/Feb 17 – Nashville TN  @ Exit / In
Tue/Feb 18 – Charlotte NC @ Tremont
Wed/Feb 19 – Wilmington NC @ Ziggys By The Sea
Fri/Feb 21 – Washington DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
Sat/Feb 22 – Cambridge MA @ The Middle East
Sun/Feb 23 – Brooklyn NY @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg
Tue/Feb 25 – Albany NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
Wed/Feb 26 – Montreal QC @ Foufounes Électriques
Fri/Feb 28 – London ON @ London Music Hall
Sat/Mar 01 – Toronto ON @ Lees Palace
Sun/Mar 02 – Cleveland OH @ Grog Shop
Mon/Mar 03 – Pittsburgh PA @ Mr Smalls
Wed/Mar 05 – Chicago IL @ Double Door
Thu/Mar 06 – Indianapolis IN @ The Vogue
Fri/Mar 07 – Grand Rapids MI @ The Stache
Sat/Mar 08 – Milwaukee WI @ The Rave Bar
Sun/Mar 09 – Minneapolis MN @ Mill City Nights
Mon/Mar 10 – Kansas City MO @ Riot Room
Tue/Mar 11 – Colorado Springs CO @ Black Sheep
Thu/Mar 13 – Salt Lake City UT @ Urban Lounge
Fri/Mar 14 – Boise ID @ Neurolux
Sat/Mar 15 – Spokane WA @ The Hop
Sun/Mar 16 – Seattle WA @ Neumos
Mon/Mar 17 – Portland OR @ Hawthorne Theater
Wed/Mar 19 – Sacramento CA @ Harlows
Thu/Mar 20 – San Francisco CA @ Slims
Fri/Mar 21 – Anaheim CA @ House Of Blues
Sat/Mar 22 – Phoenix AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
Sun/Mar 23 – Albuquerque NM @ Launchpad
Mon/Mar 24 – El Paso TX @ Lowbrow Palace



1. The Veil Of Isis
2. Cloak Of Feathers
3. Arcane Montane
4. The Hidden Masters
5. Dying Earth
6. Execrator
7. Seven Sisters
8. Hawks & Serpents
9. Eyes Of The Stormwitch
10. Apocryphon

J. D. Cronise – vocals, guitar, production
Kyle Shutt – guitar, production
Bryan Richie – bass, synthesizers, production
Santiago “Jimmy” Vela III – drums, percussion, production

     In 2006 I picked up Age Of Winters based on the cover art and song titles. I put the CD in my player and was hooked, and I wondered why I wasn’t hearing The Sword on the radio. Oh yeah, not on the corporate play list. I have been a listener ever since and eagerly await each new release. Apocryphon came out on Oct. 2012 and is a slam dunk as expected. Dark, brooding, and HEAVY, this CD deserves to be played at 11 and no less. I am sad to see orginal drummer Trivett Wingo leave the band however new drummer  Santiago “Jimmy” Vela III fills in quite well. The songs are tight and well thought out giving the CD a nice flow.  I feel that with each subsequent release the band continues to grow and perfect its craft. I have only been fortunate to see them once live on support of Metallica’s Death Magnetic Tour in 2008 and they kicked my ass then, so hopefully they come near me on this tour. I HIGHLY recommend catching them if you can. At the least go to your local record store and pick up some CDs and you will NOT be disappointed. Stand out tracks for me are: “The Veil Of Isis” , ” Execrator”, “Hawks & Serpents”, and “Eyes Of The Stormwitch” . Here is the link to the lyric video for “Eyes Of The Stormwitch”:

Another kick ass band for ya!

the Hellion