The Sword has won praise for its stoner metal sound over the last decade, but the band is shifting directions a bit for on its new record. Due August 21st, High Country sees the Austin, Texas rockers move slightly away from Black Sabbath and more towards Thin Lizzy, as evident on their latest single, “Empty Temples”.
“‘Empty Temples’ could be considered our mission statement for the record,” guitar player Kyle Shutt told Rolling Stone. “We’ve shed our old trappings and embraced a livelier, more upbeat approach to songwriting while still maintaining the vision we shared when we started this band over a decade ago. High Country has more flavors than any of our previous records, everything from folk to pop to boogie to straight-up rock, and proves that we are the other ‘Little Ol’ Band From Texas.'”
The new single, which follows the release of the LP’s title track, is an impeccably produced slice of sun-baked rock. Heavy guitar lines seem to fly more so than stomp over speedy bass notes and a rollicking bit of percussion. Take a listen below: