The Iron Serbian talks festivals, record contracts, Spotify and more with John D. Cronise of The Sword @ Aftershock Festival October 24, 2015
On Aftershock Festival comparisons to European Festivals – “They’re pretty comparable, fairly similar, very well run. When your playing a festival as an artist that’s really what you look for, how good is catering, how nice is my dressing room, is it comfortable backstage,”
John D. Cronise, also credited as J.D. Cronise, is an American heavy metal musician and record producer. Originally from Richmond, Virginia, he is best known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, songwriter and former producer for doom metal band The Sword, which he co-founded in Austin, Texas in 2003. Prior to the formation of The Sword, he also performed in the bands Those Peabodys and Ultimate Dragons, the latter of which also featured original The Sword drummer Trivett Wingo.
The Sword is an American heavy metal band from Austin, Texas. Formed in 2003, the band is composed of vocalist and guitarist John D. Cronise, guitarist Kyle Shutt, bassist Bryan Richie, and drummer Santiago “Jimmy” Vela III. Originally signed to Kemado Records, the group released its debut album Age of Winters in 2006, the material for which had been largely written by Cronise. Follow-up album Gods of the Earth was released two years later and gave the group its first entry on the US Billboard 200 chart.