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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.

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They're cooler than we were! --Lars Ulrich, Metallica

The Sword wield the mighty power of the riff. --Decibel
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Product Details

  • Vinyl (August 24, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Caroline
  • ASIN: B003TEJTU6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,869 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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 scifi concept to the album and the cover is so vintage it rocks. Love this album. Highly recommended. Solid 5 stars.
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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 producing, as he did a great job with Mastodon (Blood Mountain, Leviathan). As expected, the sound is much better, better separation of the guitars without losing any heaviness, but most importantly, the vocals are awesome! These songs are all really good - the whole album flows very seamlessly, and there are no weak tracks. That being said, some of the songs are a bit more "commercial" than their older stuff (Tres Brujas, Night City), but they are still pretty good with catchy riffs and great drums. This is very listenable - it's been in my car for about 6 weeks and I'm still playing it. Some people have mentioned a 'southern rock' feel - I'm not sure it's ZZ Top, but definitely more "rock" sounding than the other albums. I actually can see Phil Lynott(RIP) singing some of these songs, which I don't think I ever would have thought about an album from The Sword. Definitely worth getting.
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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.
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The setting is the planet Acheron. The antagonist is Ereth, an archer who has been banished from his tribe. In his journeys since banishment, he discovers a mysterious orb in an ancient ruin and is tasked by the Chronomancer with restoring balance to his troubled home-world. Along the way, Ereth encounters various characters such as three witches and four space pirates who are crewmen aboard a spacecraft known as The Sword.

It isn't often an album makes you wish you could hop a time machine back to the 1980s and make a Science Fiction film based on it. But such is the case with "Warp Riders," the latest album from the Texas metal band The Sword.

In and interview with Decibel Magazine, The Sword's lead singer and primary songwriter, J.D. Cronise, said, "This is what you'd technically call a `concept album,' though I'd describe it as more of a soundtrack to a story I came up with."

Fans of bands such as Mastodon or Coheed and Cambria will surely love "Warp Riders," because the subject matter is very reminiscent of Coheed and Cambria's "Armory Wars" series or Mastodon's "Crack the Skye."

An album like "Warp Riders" is encouraging to those of us who still believe in the cohesive unit of an entire album, especially in a digital age, where the release of the single is of primary focus. And a concept album is a perfect way to demonstrate how 10 songs can fit together and flow into one another as part of the same story.

Since 2003, The Sword has been a driving force in the heavy metal community. The band's initial mainstream recognition came when their song "Freya" was featured on the "Guitar Hero II" video game.
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Format: Vinyl
When I listined to it the first time I thought it was good. Mind you I've been listining to this band since they came out. When I listined to it a second time, I didnt think twice before flipping it over and playing it again immidiately. Holy crap. The sludgy part in Chronomancer II : Nemesis ripped my face off. Or should I say riffed. I felt like I was in that spaceship flying through the planet on the cover. I turned this up so loud my ears hurt. You should do the same. Don't even hesitate.
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When you listen to this album, you feel like you've been sucked through a time warp into 1981's HEAVY METAL animated movie. I put this album on my ipod and hit gym. It's puts you into a great zone. I'm in my 30's and always hard time discovering new bands that appeal to my taste. This is a great album!
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