Austin, TXâ€™s metal luminaries The Sword are kicking it into high gear as the release of their highly anticipated third full-length Warp Riders (August 24th; Kemado Records) rapidly approaches. The band has finally revealed the albumâ€™s artwork and will be releasing additional visual companions in the form of an upcoming picture disc and an epic video trilogy.
With a narrative arc that the band describes as â€œa psychedelic space opera that explores the temporal themes of death and rebirth,â€ itâ€™s only fitting that the recordâ€™s cover art is equally mind melting. Paying homage to authors that inspired the albumâ€™s lyrics, artist Dan McPharlin created an image in the tradition of classic science fiction book covers. The Sword will also release a limited edition hexagon-shaped picture disc 12 inch single for â€œ(The Night Sky Cried) Tears of Fire.â€
Fans that are eagerly awaiting to hear the new material will have their thirst quenched on July 6th, when first single â€œTres Brujasâ€ will be let loose online. The track is also the first part of a video trilogy helmed by former Sword collaborators Artificial Army, which will launch in August. The second and third chapters of the saga will be for â€œLawless Landsâ€ and â€œNight City.â€
The guys will also have the honor of being the sole opener for Ozzy Osbourne at the iTunes Roundhouse Festival in London on July 3rd. Their set will be recorded and available on iTunes in early July.