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Composition and style In the band's first update regarding the third album, it was revealed that the album was to be "a concept album centered around an original science fiction narrative."<ref name="concept"/> In March 2010, primary songwriter Cronise added further detail to this idea by suggesting that the album would have a "broader hard rock sound", explaining that "It's really a concept record. The songs revolve around a concept we came up with or spin off from it. It's not the kind of fantasy concept though, it's more sci-fi."<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref><ref name="complete">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> Cronise also offered the following explanation of the album's direction in an interview with Decibel:

It was revealed as early as November 2009 that the band were aiming to take a new direction with the third album, with Cronise explaining that "coming up with eight or nine or 10 different themes [for songs] every couple years, well, it's a little daunting some times, especially for me personally" and noting that "Given the types of themes we'd covered already, I didn't really want to revisit the same stuff again on another record and talk about the same things and doom and gloom and sorcerers and ravens and things. So, we just kind of wanted to change it up and do something a little different."<ref name="dragons">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> Further elaboration was also given on the 'science fiction concept album' idea, with Cronise explaining that "It's psychedelic, in a way. It's not like Star Wars science fiction ... laser guns and action all the time. It's more cerebral in that it's still mythological in the way it's told. It's science fiction and there's spaceships and robots, but it doesn't take place in the future. It's just like another planet far away sort of thing. Otherworldly. And of course, it will have universal-type themes in it. I wanted to create a completely original kind of setting to have the songs take place in."<ref name="dragons"/>

Predicting critical reception to the new direction of the album, Cronise proposed that "It will absolutely alienate some fans. The kind of music we play is partially described as heavy metal and unfortunately, a lot of dudes that like heavy metal are very narrow-minded and only like it to sound one particular way. So I'm sure we alienated people with our second album."<ref name="alienate">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> Despite this, he assured that the sound of the music would not change as much, explaining that "There'll definitely still be heavy stuff on the record, and fast, thrashy, and slow and sludgy stuff like we've done before. Heavy metal, basically. But a lot of the songs are just what I'd call hard rock songs. The attitude and the vibe is different. It's not as aggressive, sonically. It's a little bit more ... I don't know how to explain it. It's just rock. It's a rock album. Some parts will be heavier than the heaviest stuff we've done, but at the same time, there will be acoustic stuff. It is a varied record, I guess.<ref name="alienate"/>

Music news website mentioned the album on its Twitter profile, saying "Listening to some new Sword album. Mind blown. Sounds like Lynyrd Skynyrd crashed into C.O.C. instead of a mountain."<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> According to the press release, the album "is anchored by an epic science-fiction narrative" and "the storyline is a psychedelic space opera that explores temporal themes of death and rebirth."<ref name="morenews">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref><ref name="morenews2">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref>

Science fiction storyline

The band's official website gives an in-depth description of the album's science fiction storyline:

Music website musicOMH also briefly detailed the synopsis of the album's story, explaining that "we follow the tale of an archer by the name of Ereth, who has been cast out from his tribe on the planet Acheron. As luck would have it the planet has undergone a tidal lock, causing one half to be cast in shadow, whilst the other is burnt to a crisp by a set of unforgiving suns. With light and shade being quite a feature of the planet, it was only a matter of time before a battle between good and evil broke out - cursed metaphors. Warp Riders follows this tale to the bitter end."<ref name="musicOMHreview">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref>

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