The Sword - Warp RidersFor those of you who are fans of The Sword, which in my encounters have been few and far between, they have recently announced pre-orders are now available for their newest album Warp Riders, which will be available on August 24. I’ve been a fan of theirs since Age Of Winters and I’m very curious to see how this album turns out, especially after hearing it’s described as a concept album centered around an original science fiction narrative.

And who might you ask is the mastermind behind the idea of doing a concept album? Well it all stemmed from guitarist and lead vocalist J.D. Cronise, and one of his main inspirations came from listening to Operation: Mindcrime by Queensrÿche, countless times as a kid. He was enthralled how the album created it’s own world and he wanted to do the same for their songs, creating a unique and different feel, but to have them unfold in proper Sword fashion. He states: “The storyline is a psychedelic space opera that explores temporal themes of death and rebirth.”

I’m a sucker for concept albums, and if it’s anywhere near the greatness that is Operation: Mindcrime, then we’re in store for an amazing album. MetalInsider.net mentioned the album sounded like a blend of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Corrosion of Conformity So who knows what this psychedelic space opera has in store for us. I guess time will tell…

Head over to The Sword’s official website for more information on Pre-ordering Warp Riders.

– DA

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