It's been a tumultuous couple of days for Austin, Texas-based, stoner-friendly riff peddlers the Sword. The band canceled a planned trek to Europe and axed the remainder of their U.S. dates. Drummer Trivett Wingo is leaving the band, but there's no drama. Both sides say the split is amicable and wish nothing but the best for one another.

The Sword plans to recoup, replace and reschedule, though. The show must go on! Don't expect this hiccup to sideline The Sword for too long. The power of the riff compels them.

It's not clear what exactly prompted his exist, but Wingo's statement was genuinely touching. "It is with deep sadness that I am announcing my departure from the Sword," Wingo said. "After nearly seven years and some of the most amazing adventures of a lifetime, I have arrived at a place where I am physically and emotionally unable to continue on as part of the Sword.

"If I could go any further, I would as I love the music and J.D., Bryan and Kyle are people that I deeply respect, but I have reached a point where I just can't do this anymore. I would like to thank the wonderful people who made this experience what it has been: the fans, the people that I have worked and all of the bands and musicians that have inspired me over the years. I thank you and apologize for any disappointment that this may cause anyone, not least of which the Sword."

The Sword's official statement is equally praising of their now-former bandmate. "We wish Trivett nothing but the best, and it is with heavy hearts that we bid him farewell. He is a phenomenal musician and has been an integral part of this band's success," the band said. "He helped to lay the foundation that we will continue to build upon, and we wouldn't be where we are without him. We wish he could continue the adventure with us, but we understand that the life of a touring musician is not for everyone. It's been a hell of a ride, and we're sad to see this part of the journey end. The show must go on, though, and will be back on the road as soon as humanly possible."

The Sword's 'Warp Riders' is out now.

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