Heavy metal kings The Sword are set to release their new album Warp Riders in August and they have posted their new single Tres Brujas online.
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 one of the first bands to lock into a whole new legion of fans through 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.
Warp Riders is The Sword’s first concept album, a science fiction maelstrom put to the storming, relentless riffage and pounding rhythms upon which the band has staked its reputation. It’s also their most flat-out, supercharged, adrenaline-pumping work yet, a chrome-plated war machine that lords over the blackened sky.
Produced by Matt Bayles (Pearl Jam, Mastodon, Isis), Warp Riders is the band’s first foray into outsider involvement in the making of an album, having self-produced both their first two LPs for Kemado (2006’s Age of Winters and 2008’s Gods of the Earth).
Cronise explains: “It was sort of an unspoken thing that we’d use an established producer for this record. We felt it was important on the first two albums to do things ourselves, so we could sort of draw the blueprint of our sound exactly the way we wanted.”
Following a storming trip to the UK, supporting Ozzy Osbourne at the iTunes festival and playing to a sold out crowd at London’s Barfly, The Sword have unveiled a free download of album track Tres Brujas which can be downloaded directly from: