THE SWORD "high country"
Texan band, been around long enough to make seven or eight albums now...
i'd not heard of them until I posted their latest single "high country" in the
hard rock/metal thread a couple of weeks ago....
no one commented on it then so I assume no one read it or listened to it....
theiy call these guys 'metal', but after listening to the album in my car today
I am convinced they are a mix of rock/hard rock/prog and everything inbetween,
but not metal....
I hear little bits of Wolfmother,Black Sabbath and the odd riff that sounds like
that 'barracuda' track from the 1970s....
a couple of short instrumentals on the album that fit in well with the project as
its probably got enough things happening here to keep Jerome interested,
in fact, I think not only MH,SteveO and Ruby would really like this album
but it is probably right up Jerome's alley also...
I LIKE THIS ALBUM.
i'll post a couple of links and you guys can make up your own mind
then i'll post the "allmuisc" overview of the album after the links:
sorry guys, the track above is the only link available as a linked track:
please take the time to scan through the link to the full album:
saw the Lone Star State retro-metal spell-casters offering up another meaty, cosmos-minded set of mid-'70s Birmingham, England-blasted Sabbath
worship, which would have been great had they not done nearly the same thing on their three prior outings. High Country
, the band's fifth and most compelling long player to date, is another beast altogether. While it shares its predecessors' penchant for pairing thick Queens of the Stone Age
-style stoner metal with vintage, tube-driven classic rock, it owes more to bands like Hawkwind
, Thin Lizzy
, Electric Wizard
, Blue Öyster Cult
, Sad Wings of Destiny
-era Judas Priest
, and even fellow shape-shifting Texans Midlake
than it does the dark wizardry of Ozzy
, and Bill
. What's so immediately striking about High Country
is how much fun it is. By eschewing some of the groups' heavier doom metal tendencies for a more streamlined, almost singles-based (if it were 40-odd years ago) approach, the Sword
have managed to not just update their willfully outdated sound, but reinvigorate themselves in the process. To be fair, they haven't completely abandoned their sludgy, fantasy metal past, and psych-tinged boogie/space rock is hardly a contemporary concoction, but there's a vitality to standout cuts like "Empty Temples," "Mist and Shadow," and the brooding, vibraslap-heavy title track that transcends their nostalgic trappings. As veterans of the scene, it's their right to bring the stoner/doom genre back to its roots, and while High Country
doesn't always work, it's constantly working toward moving the band forward, which means that were probably only a few albums away from a hair metal makeover.