I discovered The Sword thanks to Google Play Music (hands down the best subscription you can buy), and I can’t understand all the hate I’m reading about their new record, High Country. Is it as “heavy” as their earlier offerings? No, but I don’t care, it’s still a very good record. After listening to this and going back through their catalog I discovered an incredible band, and I like every one of their records because they each stand on their own as individual pieces of work. All bands evolve, and I’m glad they do.
I’m noticing a trend as of late - people hating on a band because they’re not sticking to an expected formula. Mumford & Sons is a good example because their latest record isn’t all banjos and mandolin - it’s a rock record, it’s a good rock record, all the reviews are more about genre than the band, and that’s pretty sad. When Metallica teamed up with Michael Kamen and The San Francisco Symphony, amazing things happened, yet they got no end of grief. When Lady Gaga teamed up with Tony Bennett, an amazing record materialized yet a lot of fans of each artist whined like it was the end of the world.
Don’t let the naysayers trick you, this is an excellent record that I find myself listening to over and over. If you’ve never heard of The Sword before, High Country is a great place to start. If you have, and have an open mind, give this a chance because it’s definitely worth it.