Superb cover art from "Warp Riders," the new album by THE SWORD. This has to be the best album cover since Wolfmother used Frank Frazetta's "Sea Witch" on their first album. Full speed ahead!

One of my favorite bands THE SWORD has released both a new track and the cover art for their new album “Warp Riders.”

The track is called “Tres Brujas” (i.e. “Three Witches”). It’s available for FREE downloading right here: http://www.swordofdoom.com/
(All you have to do is put your e-mail address on the band’s mailing list.)

The album hits stores on August 24 and I’ll be first in line. This is heavy metal in the Black Sabbath / Led Zeppelin / Monster Magnet vein…it’s old-school inspired yet decidedly modern. Remember when the word “heavy” meant something? Huge stonehenge riffs, sonic landscapes of mythic adventure, pyschedelic streams of aural sorcery. These things are in the band’s bloodstream.

“Warp Riders” (the band’s third full-length CD) is a concept album, specifically
“an interplanetary sword-and-sorcery epic.” Yes! Believe me, these guys have what it takes to pull it off. We’ve all seen our share of those heavy rock bands who have terrific cover art but lack the musical skills to live up to their visual image. THE SWORD, however, is the Real Deal. They don’t spend time on fancy costumes or hokey stage gimmicks…they just make amazing albums then hit the road, crank up the Marshalls, and let the decibels fly. They hail from Austin, Texas, but they sound like thundering groove wizards from another world.

Singer/Guitarist J.D. Cronise recently told Classic Rock Magazine: “I wanted to create a setting for our songs that would be unique and different, but still a place where epic sagas unfold in proper Sword fashion.” He was inspired by “lots of things … the legend of Atlantis, old Heavy Metal magazines, the films of René Laloux, a childhood dream, and The Teachings Of Don Juan by Carlos Castaneda to name a few.”

Check out “Tres Brujas”…it’ll blow your speakers if you let it. To hear other fantastic SWORD tracks from their previous albums, visit their MySpace page and crank it up: http://www.myspace.com/thesword

THE SWORD takes their fans on not only a sonic journey, but a mental journey as well. For fans of fantasy adventure who like their rock heavy, this is the band you’ve been dreaming about.

Rock on!

John