THE SWORD — Warp Riders (review)

THE SWORD — Warp Riders album cover Album · 2010 · Stoner Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
4/5 ·
Warthur
On Warp Riders, the Sword shift their lyrical outlook to embrace cosmic SFnal concepts whilst they musically stay on a broadly stoner rock-oriented trajectory. Continuing their efforts to move beyond the Black Sabbath-inspired sound of their debut album, this time around they draw on a broader hard rock palette of influences - I personally detect more than a little Uriah Heep here and there. Cronise and Shutt do their usual excellent job on the riffs, and whilst it isn't a release which is dripping with originality and doesn't grip me to the same extent that Gods of the Earth did, it's still a strong entry in the Sword discography.
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