Warp Riders [VINYL] has been added to your Basket
Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.
Quantity:1

Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Available to Download Now
Buy the MP3 album for £7.99

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Colour:
  • Warp Riders [VINYL]
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
      

Warp Riders [VINYL]


Price: £20.93 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.
Does not apply to gift orders. See Terms and Conditions for important information about costs that may apply for the MP3 version in case of returns and cancellations.
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched and sold by Amazon in certified Frustration-Free Packaging. Gift-wrap available.
Complete your purchase to add the MP3 version to your Amazon music library. Provided by Amazon EU S.à r.l.
15 new from £14.38
£20.93 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Dispatched and sold by Amazon in certified Frustration-Free Packaging. Gift-wrap available.

Amazon's The Sword Store

Music

Image of album by The Sword

Photos

Image of The Sword

Biography

Every culture has its own set of cryptic texts.
They're the forbidden tomes of wisdom which governing powers will deny knowledge of and ban. They're usually thought-provoking. They're typically dangerous. They're often revolutionary. It might seem impossible to keep anything private in the modern age of Facebook and Twitter where everyone's dirty laundry is up for a ... Read more in Amazon's The Sword Store

Visit Amazon's The Sword Store
for 5 albums, 5 photos, discussions, and more.

Frequently Bought Together

Warp Riders [VINYL] + Gods of the Earth
Price For Both: £33.96

Buy the selected items together

Product Features

  • Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging

Product details

  • Vinyl (24 Aug. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Kemado
  • ASIN: B003TEJTU6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,740 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Acheron/Unearthing the Orb
2. Tres Brujas
3. Arrows in the Dark
4. The Chronomancer I: Hubris
5. Lawless Lands
6. Astraea's Drea,
7. The Warp Riders
8. Night City
9. The Chronomancer II: Nemesis
10. (The Night the Sky Cried) Tears of Fire

Product Description

BBC Review

If there’s one thing guaranteed to tick off the worldwide heavy metal community, it’s bands who don’t pay their dues. There is an expectation that before you attain success and recognition, you put out a few demo and independent releases; tour like dogs for no money; and generally behave in a way conducive to the metal underground.

This isn’t quite what Austin, Texas quartet The Sword did: they emerged about five years ago and, very swiftly after, popped out a debut album of chunky stoner rock (think Sleep and Orange Goblin) which, it turned out, frontman JD Cronise had mostly written before the band existed. Moreover, they were signed to the Kemado label, owned by none other than the Disney corporation (although it’s now an arm of Sony). Any road up, The Sword needed to rock pretty titanically to win over doubters, which they do for much of third album Warp Riders.

Tied together by the theme of a planet locked in a battle between good and evil – that’s right kids, a concept album! – the band comes out fighting with majestic album artwork, akin to a 1970s sci-fi paperback, and an instrumental opening track entitled Acheron/Unearthing the Orb. All the songs are called things like that. The level of fantastical grandeur on display here is on a par with the bands who built the power metal subgenre’s prototypes: Judas Priest and Richie Blackmore’s Rainbow in the 70s, Iron Maiden, Manilla Road and Dio the following decade. Cronise’s vocals don’t quite fit this bill – they have a liquor-splashed Southern rock quality most similar to Neil Fallon of Clutch – and The Sword have by no means abandoned their previous taste for good-time boogie riffage, songs like Arrows in the Dark being the musical equivalent of a tipsy, face-wide grin.

Warp Riders is not likely to blow the mind of anyone well versed in this strain of chest-puffing metal, either in terms of originality or any member’s technical ability. But The Sword have stepped up a gear with this release, and ought to crumble the defences of more than a few cynics.

--Noel Gardner

Find more music at the BBC This link will take you off Amazon in a new window

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Brown on 11 Sept. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Having listened to The Swords first two albums with a sense of excitement and "Sabbath like nostalgia" i couldn't wait to pick up The Sword's latest offering Warp Riders. I'm a massive heavy metal fan and have recently been finding it harder and harder to discover new metal bands that really make an impact on me. Warp Riders is a The Swords first stand out album for me, you can tell the extra time in the studio has paid off, the tight guitaring and fantastic thundering baselines work together as if these guys have been playing together for decades. If you're a fan of 70's style heavy metal with a modern twist (almost Down, Deep Purple ish rifts running through this album), then you will love this. Great concept album and finished off with an awesome retro style album cover. Cant wait to hear future material, and cant wait to see them on tour. Put this cd in your car or stereo at home and prepare to head bang!!!!!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Angela Davey on 18 Dec. 2010
Format: Audio CD
`Warp Riders' is the third offering from Texan heavy metal band THE SWORD. The artwork looks akin to the cover of a 1970's sci-fi novel which ties in nicely with the theme - a planet locked in battle between the forces of good and evil. The opening track is purely instrumental and sets the mood perfectly for `going into battle' (or listening to the rest of the album, in this case). Every track is a grand display of each member's technical ability and swaggers towards the precipice of power metal almost, but they are then pulled back by the whiskey-drenched quality of Cronise's vocals, reminding the listener that this album should not be taken too seriously. Tracks like `Arrows in The Dark' remind you that THE SWORD have by no means left behind their `feel-good' riffs, if you are at all in any doubt. This will have die-hard fans of heavy metal salivating. Cynics prepare to be slain in the wake of an outerspace concept album!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Big Jim TOP 100 REVIEWER on 23 Aug. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Yes it's a science fiction "concept" album but the lyrics actually tell a decent story if you are familiar with sci fi conventions. Yes the band are heavily influenced by early Black Sabbath, and yes this is a bloomin good album. If you listen carefully, and you will be rewarded for repeated listening, you will hear other subtle influences, a bit of Southern Rock here, a bit of slow blues there, a tad prog, a smidgen of thrash but most of all you will be in riff heaven - the opening instrumental number offers 4 different riffs for you to get your teeth into alone. The closing track is the latest in a long line of "saving the best bit till last". For the love of mike it sounds like a souped up Thin Lizzy with a hint of Muse's Knights of Cydonia, closing on a prog-like note. But this album celebrates the riff, and if you are a follower of the riff this album is for you.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. J. Speed on 2 Oct. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Having purchase and repeatedly listened through the first two albums since they were released, it was safe to say this was a purchase which was bound to happen. The first two albums cocooned the listener in a world of the bands creation. With lyrics of mythical stories and deep bedded story lines it is easy to get lost in there.
This album is the same, being a concept/sci-fi album the narratives of the first two albums seem familiar and accustomed to the sword's steady 'crunching' retro sound. In the last two albums the sword of shown fast-paced riffs, slow 'upbeat' interludes and a variety of catch tunes to rock-a-long too. This album does not offer all of that but something different it becomes an in-depth look at the bands 'sabbath-like roots'. the best word to describe the change from the previous album to this one is: "Relaxed".
The music seems to flow more, more precise, it shows they have spent time and effort placing each note perfectly so they do not clash atall. This creates one amazingly enjoyable listen.
The hits from the album are definately "Tres Brujas (Three Witches)", the fairytale related 'ballad'. "Night City", "lawless lands", "Warp Riders" and "(The night the sky cried) Tears of Fire".
Well worth the money and hope to hear a lot more of the sword in the future, They may become the next 'sabbath!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
my first touch with sword, and I have only good things to say...Great album and can be heard without stops from the beginning till the end..
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Audio CD
The first two albums by The Sword were bold and unapologetic offerings before the gods of metal. No pretension, not a whiff of irony: straight-up Sabbath and Zepplin infused swaggering doom-metal telling of epic heroes, Norse gods, cursed blades and mighty battles. In the best tradition of the fantasy authors who inspired much of the lyrical content, one might have expected the band to contribute another record in the same vein to round out a swords and sorcery trilogy.

Instead, JD Cronise seems to have picked up a few ideas whilst perusing the Science Fiction and Fantasy section at his local library. A concept album, Warp Riders tells of the destiny of an individual known as the Archer, the machinations of the Chronomancer and the desperadoes who captain the hyperspace-ship The Sword... Yes the concept behind the album is as absurd as they come, and the whiff of bongsmoke hangs heavy over proceedings. But the album is saved from silliness by the fact that the music rocks so hard that only an over the top concept played totally straight would ever truly do it justice. The cover riffs on classic pulp science fiction paperbacks, but its really a hint as to the musical aspirations this time around. Put simply, the soundscape produced by the band is huge - a planetary scale retro-70s guitar assault. The oppressive doom-rock leanings witnessed on the band's first two albums is largely gone, replaced by an expansive sound and much more of the funky stoner-rock swagger seen previously on 'Freya' and 'Maiden, Mother, Crone'. Particular stand-outs are 'Tres Brujas' (what is it with Cronise and witches?) and 'Warp Riders' itself, which has one of the catchiest metal choruses I've heard in a long time and once again showcases the band's ability to put a parsec-wide grin on your face.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Look for similar items by category


Feedback