The Sword - Warp Riders
- Doom metal meets hard rock meets scifi concept rock opera. Yeah, this was only a matter of time coming with a band like The Sword. I first heard of The Sword a few years ago when they were a supporting band for Metallica, I've been a fan ever since. Not only do they continue the trend of face-punching groove-laden riffs reminiscent of Black Sabbath but it is their strongest sounding record to date. This is the first album they hired an external producer for and it shows, not to say that their self-produced works were not well-produced but that this is their most polished and smooth sound release to date. The album tells the story of an archer banished from his tribe on a planet in tidal lock around three suns...still with me? The overarching story is as far fetched but the music is intense in a gripping way that makes you hold on for the ride. There is not a bad song on this record I feel and it is one of my favorite records to just pop in and relax to.