THE DREAD CREW OF ODDWOOD: Southern California Heavy Mahogany Faction To Launch The Battle Ballads North American Tour With Týr Thursday; Fifth LP, Rust & Glory, Out Now

photos by Ethan Sigmon

Southern California’s rogue heavy mahogany faction THE DREAD CREW OF ODDWOOD is stocking their galley, arsenal, and keg room, preparing to set sail on The Battle Ballads North American Tour supporting Týr alongside Trollfest and Æther Realm. The tour kicks off this Thursday, March 28th in Baltimore and will storm across the continent, THE DREAD CREW OF ODDWOOD playing on the tour through the Houston date on April 22nd.

See all tour dates below and stand by for additional tours to be announced for later 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 *

THE DREAD CREW OF ODDWOOD is touring in support of their freshly released fifth album, Rust & Glory, a thirteen-song treasure-trove of all-acoustic 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. As with their prior album, 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.

THE DREAD CREW OF ODDWOOD has posted a track-by-track write-up of Rust & Glory including their incredible “Leather Ship” video; check it out RIGHT HERE.

Rust & Glory is now streaming everywhere, and is also available on Oceania and Red w/ Black Splatter vinyl LP variants limited to 250 each at the band’s webshop HERE and Bandcamp HERE.

“… the group of ruffians play acoustic folk metal-influenced tunes about life on the high seas… THE DREAD CREW OF ODDWOOD are singing tunes of their travels so that their names become commonplace in the pirate history books…” – Decibel Magazine

“Keeping it heavy without plugging anything in, THE DREAD CREW OF ODDWOOD weave tales of being salty sea dogs and all the chaos and debauchery that comes with it… anyone with a sense of humor and an appreciation for musicianship can sit back with a big ol’ flagon of grog (or any other beverage of choice) and revel in the epic and folksy tunes.” – MetalSucks

“…a banger and might actually cure the scurvy…” – Ghost Cult Magazine

“This is an album that will worm its way into your head and get stuck there, one that keeps you smiling to yourself and getting kicked off of trains because you keep shouting the lyrics aloud by accident. If you’re here looking for serious music, you’ll have to go somewhere else—preferably to grab a beer, come straight back, and start singing along.” – Angry Metal Guy

“Rust & Glory is exactly the sort of tongue-in-cheek nonsense this rather niche genre is perfect for. Never forget that THE DREAD CREW OF ODDWOOD are fantastic musicians making truly excellent music, in the same way that they don’t forget that at the end of the day this is meant to be a whole lot of fun for everyone. The two have to go hand-in-hand for the concept to really work: this might just be one of the finest examples to date.” – Echoes And Dust

THE DREAD CREW’s folk-fueled, acoustic thrash is ridiculously catchy, and insanely funny, and if you don’t want to dance a hearty, mosh-heavy jig and drink your body weight in rum while listening to these scallywags, then you’ve almost certainly already met your demise in Davy Jones locker.” – Mass Movement Magazine