One of the foundations of the metal revival of the past ten years, Austin TX's The Sword have released two flawless slabs of vintage heaviness on Kemado Records, toured the world with Metallica, and were honored to grace the past three editions of Guitar Hero. This summer, the band casts its gaze to the stars for Warp Riders, their third full-length and their most ambitious effort to date. Hitting stores on August 24th via Kemado Records, it is the band's first concept album and is fittingly grand in scope both lyrically and in terms of musical craftsmanship.
Straight-up old-school, vintage guitar metal meets Stoner rock crunch to devastating effect on the 4th album from these Austin, Texas guitarmeisters. Ripping guitar chords, outer space sci-fi concept lyrics and chunky metal power chords create a true devil-sign, hair-flinging experience. Everybody needs some ass-kickin' air guitar moments, and this is a great one. Shades of Black Sabbath, Monster Magnet, Helmet, Iron Maiden, Thin Lizzy, Valkyrie, Queens Of the Stone Age, Dozer, etc.
I agree with everyone else who mentioned a certain word....epic.I've been a fan of The Sword since I first heard 'Freya' on Guitar Hero and loved the song. I have thoroughly enjoyed their previous two releases but when I first heard Warp Riders, I was stunned. How can a band so young, be so freakin awesome? Hell if I know and don't really care. All I know is that after hearing this album many times already, The Sword have securely placed themselves in the upper tier of my favorite bands. I love the scif..
I've been listening to these guys since the first album, and I've been liking them more and more with each album. I gotta say, I was not a huge fan of Age of Winters - the sound was muddy, the songs were unoriginal and the vocals sucked. Nonetheless, there were some good grooves and riffs and I happily got their next one - Gods of the Earth. I thought it was an improvement, mostly better songs, but still with weak vocals. But Warp Riders... Wow this is much better! I was excited to hear Matt Bayles was prod..