I hate it when people jump on the internet and hate on bands that change their sound. Im not sure what these people are trying to achieve really. Obviously they have no idea what its like to be an artist. I think that what some music fans tend to forget, is that any really good band will only write songs to satisfy themselves first. And hopefully, the people will come with them and enjoy the ride. Most of the time they do, as long as the material is good. In the case of the new The Sword album "High Country", I believe that this is exactly what the band did. Lead and J.D. Cronies chimes in here: "For me, it can’t have happened any other way. If we had played it safe and delivered the album that was expected of us, that definitely would not have been nerve-wracking, necessarily, but it is in its own way, you wonder if people are going to think it’s boring, so that’s the risk you run with not trying something different. I’m not really nervous about what will happen, change is something I’m pretty comfortable with and I think is pretty essential to life in general. It’s just an inevitable part of evolving as a band." (Read more here: http://www.allmusic.com/blog/post/the-sword-interview)
The music is a downright beautiful slab of classic rock n roll. No thrash vibes on this one. And thats just fine with me. Upon first listen, this album instantly reminded me of Black Sabbaths "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath". This fucker has the classic keyboard sounds of that album and really has a retro vibe, but still typically The Sword. They even dabble a bit with electronic music is some of the song intros. Its kind of strange, but I can dig it. I think that this material will actually blend in well with their older material, and give the band more of an ebb and flow vibe in a live scenerio. Hopefully I will be able to catch them live soon.