Heavy metal act the Sword will embark on a brief tour starting March 9 at the Launchpad in Albuquerque, N.M. Kemado Recoords labelmates Priestbird, formerly known as Tarantula AD, will support on the stint, which wraps March 23 at Double-Wide in Dallas.

The 13-date trek will also cover such markets as San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Salt Lake City and Oklahoma City. Venues will average about 400-capacity and tickets cost $8-$15, according to the Sword's agent, Josh Kline with the Agency Group.

Last February, the Sword released "Age of Winters," which has sold 34,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. In the year he has been working with the Austin, Texas-based act, Kline says there hasn't been a real need for a strategy. "It has been more a war plan," he tells Billboard.biz. "The plan has been to let them loose, and let them go out there and kill."

Kline says the Sword has kept a busy touring schedule since the release of "Age of Winters," having headlined on some gigs and supported for such acts as Trivium, In Flames and Clutch. Last year's road itinerary also included visits to South By Southwest in Austin and Pitchfork's Intonation Music Festival in Chicago.

Kline -- who also books Dragonforce, Trivium and All That Remains -- says that outside of their hometown of Austin, the Sword's strongest North American market is San Francisco. "San Francisco has been the biggest surprise for us; we play Slim's," the agent explains. "I think the band has the spirit of some old-school thrash at the core of their music ... I think the market (in S.F.) identifies with that and respects what they're doing."

The Sword heads to Europe for a string of concerts in April, which could be followed by more North American dates, according to Kline.