Stoner/doom-metal outfit the Sword has just signed a multi-album, worldwide record deal with New York label Razor And Tie. The first product of the signing, a full-length, is slated for release this fall, to be supported by a global tour through early 2013.

The Austin-based quartet combines the detuned sludge of doom standbys like Sleep and Electric Wizard with the speed and intensity of Slayer. Get your fix of the group’s Valhalla-tinged jams at Metallica’s upcoming Orion Music And Arts Festival, going down in Atlantic City, NJ, this summer from July 23-24. In the meantime, you can fortify your headbanging muscles to the video for the rifftastic “How Heavy This Axe,” from 2008′s Gods Of The Earth, below.