This album isn't new. Maybe many of you have already heard it, but for those who haven't I figured I would share because I didn't see it here and
IMHO, it deserves to be heard.
I think this album is phenomenal and paints an epic sci-fi picture in my mind.
"Warp Riders tells the tale of Ereth, an archer banished from his tribe on the planet Acheron. A hardscrabble planet that has undergone a tidal lock,
which has caused one side to be scorched by three suns, and the other enshrouded in perpetual darkness, it is the background for a tale of strife and
fantasy, the battle between pure good and pure evil. How it's told – through the dueling lead guitars of J.D. Cronise and Kyle Shutt, and the
concussive rhythm section of bassist Bryan Ritchie and drummer Trivett Wingo – underscores the narrative with molten steel and unreal precision.
Guitarist and lead vocalist J.D. Cronise explains the lineage of Warp Riders: "I'm pretty sure the first concept album I ever heard was Operation:
Mindcrime by Queensrÿche when I was a kid, which I was way into. Even though I never really understood the whole story, I was nonetheless enthralled
by how the album created its own world. 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." Inspiration took hold from "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."
The story of Warp Riders, entitled "The Night The Sky Cried Tears Of Fire" (written by Cronise), follows Ereth as he discovers a mysterious orb and
meets the Chronomancer, a being beyond time and space who enlists him in a quest to restore the planet's balance. Along the way he encounters strange
warriors, mysterious witches, ancient androids, and a crew of space pirates with a vessel that will alter the course of history... a vessel known as,
Cronise also offered the following explanation of the album's direction in an interview with Decibel:
"This is what you'd technically call a 'concept album,' though I'd describe it as more of a soundtrack to a story I came up with. All the songs are
about aspects of the story, but they don't cover every detail from beginning to end. It's a science fiction story, and it deals heavily with themes of
light and dark and perceptions of time. One of the main settings is a planet, which has experienced tidal locking, creating a side of perpetual day
and a side of perpetual night. The reason for creating a narrative to base the songs around was essentially to provide interesting and varied lyrical
subject matter with a core theme to tie it all together."
1. "Acheron / Unleashing the Orb"
2. "Tres Brujas"
3. "Arrows in the Dark"
4. "The Chronomancer I: Hubris" (Ends at 7:35 even though vid says its over 13m long)
5. "Lawless Lands"
6. "Astraea's Dream"
7. "The Warp Riders"
8. "Night City"
9. "The Chronomancer II: Nemesis"
10. "(The Night the Sky Cried) Tears of Fire"
edit on 23-2-2013 by Qemyst because: (no reason given)
I'd listened to all of The Swords old albums (which are all awesome) but I've always had a thing for concept albums. One day I heard "Lawless
Lands" before I realized they had released this album and it just blew my mind. I can't think of a song more epic than that one. It just gets...
so... so epic..
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