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Warp Riders (2010)

Artist: Sword
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Format: CD
Sku: 216602121
UPC: 184923001143
UPC 14: 00184923001143
Release Date: 8/24/2010
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Acheron/Unearthing the Orb ~ The Sword (Texas)
2. Tres Brujas ~ The Sword (Texas)
3. Arrows In the Dark ~ The Sword (Texas)
4. Chronomancer, Pt.1: Hubris, The ~ The Sword (Texas)
5. Lawless Lands ~ The Sword (Texas)
6. Astraea's Dream ~ The Sword (Texas)
7. Warp Riders, The ~ The Sword (Texas)
8. Night City ~ The Sword (Texas)
9. Chronomancer, Pt. 2: Nemesis, The ~ The Sword (Texas)
10. (the Night the Sky Cried) Tears of Fire ~ The Sword (Texas)

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Lyricist: John "J.D." Cronise.
Muze PNote Personnel: John "J.D." Cronise (vocals, guitar); Kyle Shutt (guitar); Matt Bayles (organ, synthesizer); Bryan Richie (bass guitar); Trivett Wingo (drums, percussion).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Matt Bayles.
Muze PNote Recording information: Top Hat Recording, Austin, TX; Wire Recording, Austin, TX.
Muze PNote Arranger: The Sword .
Muze PNote Much was made of the Sword's decision to abandon Middle Earth, following two acclaimed albums steeped in fantasy metal, in order to rocket into outer space for their third full-length, 2010's Warp Riders; but the band's vintage metal sound suffered not one bit from its new alien surroundings. In fact, it hardly changed: retaining most of its thrash-infused metal classicism while shifting gears ever so slightly from a doom to stoner rock undercurrent, then capping it all off with an ambitious science fiction storyline (in two parts!). Yes, this is a concept album in the unadulterated (and dangerously indulgent) definition of the term, one that sets the stage for Warp Riders on the distant planet Acheron, where our banished hero, Ereth the archer, is locked in an epic struggle between good and evil and, well, you get the drift. More important is how the members of the Sword -- vocalist/guitarist John D. Cronise, guitaritst Kyle Shutt, bassist Bryan Richie, and drummer Trivett Wingo -- convincingly navigate this proverbial meteor belt. Whether revisiting familiar musical ground on instrumentally proficient metallic moshers like "Arrows in the Dark," the aptly named "The Chronomancer I: Hubris" and "(The Night the Sky Cried) Tears of Fire," or pealing off more compact, surprisingly nimble time capsules back to the 1970s like "Tres Brujas," "Lawless Lands" and "Night City." Throughout all this -- both the old ways and new directions -- the ever-present weak link would have to be Cronise's emotionally deadpan vocals, but, as was the case with earlier Sword albums, they ultimately don't matter as much as the group's pulverizing twin guitar attack. And these still dominate the proceedings (never more so than on the instrumental "Astraea's Dream"), despite shedding some of their serrated dragon-toothed distortion to reflect the sleeker, more aerodynamic, but no less cyclopean spaceship hulls befitting Warp Riders' sci-fi setting, before powering the Sword to victory yet again. And they didn't even have to rename themselves the Lightsabers to make it work. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia

Producer: Matt Bayles

Engineer: Matt Bayles

Compilation Appearances

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Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 08/23/2010
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2010
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : KEM 114
Music Label Name Label : Kemado
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00184923001143

Professional Reviews

Spin - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]hey creatively fuse ZZ Top and Nazareth rhythms with Hawkwind prog, sounding both badass and oddly innovative."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Sword
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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