THE DREAD CREW OF ODDWOOD: Pirate Acoustic Metal Act To Release Fifth Album, Rust & Glory, March 15th; “Lawful Evil” Single And Preorders Posted + Band To Support Týr On North American Tour

photos by Ethan Sigmon

Southern California’s rogue faction THE DREAD CREW OF ODDWOOD returns to the high seas this Winter to pillage your village with their fifth dose of their signature heavy mahogany sound, Rust & Glory. Confirming the album for March release, the crew today unveils its cover art, track listing, preorders, and “Lawful Evil” single.

Formed in 2008, THE DREAD CREW OF ODDWOOD – Wolfbeard O’Brady, Stark Cordwain, Deckard Cordwain, and Pistol(s) Pete – is hastily becoming one of the biggest independent folk metal acts in the world. Armed exclusively with acoustic instruments, these pirates infuse the raw energy of heavy metal with Celtic and European folk music to tell tales of comrades lost, bloody sieges, drunken debauchery, and all manner of villainous misadventures. They’ve delivered their music to dancing, moshing, drinking, and partying land lubbers across North America, the British Isles, and Western Europe, accumulating a commendable cult following in metal and folk music communities alike.

The new album Rust & Glory is a thirteen-song treasure-trove of all-acoustic, piratical, folk metal rippers which present a finely honed sound and creative voice that is truly unlike anything else in the metal scene today. From anthems like “Lawful Evil” and “Leather Ship” to drinking songs like “Give Me Your Beer” and “Corpse Juice Medley,” the album is sure to get heads banging, feet stomping, and audiences singing across the globe.

Recorded at Seahorse Sound Studios in Los Angeles, THE DREAD CREW OF ODDWOOD enlisted the help of fellow folk metal musician Anna Murphy (Cellar Darling, ex-Eluveitie) who engineered, produced, and mixed the record, her input and expertise helping push Rust & Glory forward as the finest collection of songs the band has created to date. Several guests joined the party, with double bass by Bass Princess, hurdy gurdy by Anna Murphy, and additional vocals by Anna Murphy and Madison Lowery. Mastering duties were again handled by Svante Forsbäck (Rammstein, Korpiklaani, Ensiferum), and artist Mark Gibbons (Blizzard Entertainment, Games Workshop, Rookery Publications) delivered another stunning cover painting.

With the maiden single from Rust & Glory, “Lawful Evil,” the crew declares, “ODDWOOD has thrust our way back to the surface of the briny depths, intent on settling the long-argued dispute of what our moral and ethical alignment actually is. Was our last album called Lawful Evil? Yes! Is this song called ‘Lawful Evil,’ but was not released on the album Lawful Evil? Also yes! Are we Lawful Evil, just a bunch of trolls, or something else entirely?”

Be the first wave of cannon fodder for THE DREAD CREW OF ODDWOOD’s Rust & Glory with “Lawful Evil” at YouTube HERE and Bandcamp HERE.

Rust & Glory will be independently released on vinyl – Oceania and Red w/ Black Splatter variants, limited to 250 each – and all digital portals on March 15th. Send your doubloons to preorder yours at the band’s webshop HERE and Bandcamp HERE.

Official videos and additional previews of the album will be dispatched over the weeks ahead.

Rust & Glory Track Listing:
1. Lawful Evil
2. Leather Ship
3. Lost Comrades
4. Squall Of Death
5. Giant Fucking Demon Crab
6. Evil Tide
7. The Glass Of Firewine
8. Give Me Your Beer
9. The Apple
10. Revenge Pawn
11. Locomotive Death
12. Tavern Brawl
13. Corpse Juice Medley

Immediately following the release of Rust & Glory, THE DREAD CREW OF ODDWOOD will cast off on an extensive tour of the North American shores, joining Trollfest and Æther Realm as support for the mighty Týr. The Battle Ballads North American Tour enters the port of Baltimore on March 28th and spreads across the continent for two fortnights, the final raid occurring in Greensboro on April 26th. Watch for additional live excursions to be announced, as the band will raid North America, and likely the UK, Europe, and beyond this year.

THE DREAD CREW OF ODDWOOD w/ Týr, Trollfest, Æther Realm:
3/28/2024 Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
3/29/2024 Gramercy Theater – New York, NY
3/30/2024 Middle East Downstairs – Boston, MA
3/31/2024 La Source De La Martinière – Quebec City, QC
4/01/2024 Studio TD – Montreal, QC
4/02/2024 Brass Monkey – Ottawa, ON
4/03/2024 Horseshoe Tavern – Toronto, ON
4/04/2024 The Sanctuary – Detroit, MI
4/05/2024 Reggies – Chicago, IL
4/06/2024 Skyway Theater – Minneapolis, MN
4/07/2024 Park Theater – Winnipeg. MB
4/08/2024 The Exchange – Regina, SK
4/09/2024 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
4/10/2024 Dickens – Calgary, AB
4/12/2024 The Rickshaw – Vancouver, BC
4/13/2024 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
4/14/2024 Bossanova Ballroom – Portland, OR
4/15/2024 Cornerstone – Berkeley, CA
4/16/2024 1720 – Los Angeles, CA
4/17/2024 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
4/18/2024 Nile Theater – Mesa, AZ
4/19/2024 Rockhouse Bar & Grill – El Paso, TX
4/20/2024 Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX
4/21/2024 The Granada – Dallas, TX
4/22/2024 White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX
4/24/2024 Conduit – Orlando, FL
4/25/2024 The Masquerade (Hell) – Atlanta, GA
4/26/2024 Hangar 1819 – Greensboro, NC

Wolfbeard O’Brady – accordion, tin whistle, flute, harpsichord, toy piano, vocals
Stark Cordwain – bouzouki, tin whistle, vocals
Deckard Cordwain – mandolin, octave mandolin, banjo, concertina, vocals
Pistol(s) Pete – oddkit, percussion, vocals