Well now we’ve decided to celebrate one of the tunes of the year by delivering the video clip for the standout song on concept album Warp Riders. Expect a full review next week as we pit The Sword against Iron Maiden in a good old fashioned riff-off but don’t forget the whole of Warp Riders is streaming now at: www.myspace.com/thesword
It owes more than a little to Queensryche’s career defining concept classic Operation: Mindcrime and guitarist/lead vocalist J.D. Cronise admits as much when he explains the lineage of his latest brainchild.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
He added that 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.” Heavy stuff – literally!
Enjoy this video and enjoy Warp Riders – that’s an order.