In the apocalyptic (and wordy) “Fire Lances Of The Ancient Hyperzephyrians,” Sabbathian Austin quartet the Sword seem to onto something heavier than the sci-fi lyrics suggest. A sampling: “We’ve crossed the burning wasteland / Sought out forgotten tombs / within this shattered planet / beneath a broken moon.” And later, “We seek the fire lances / that slew the ancient race / the world where they were masters / now lays in waste.” The ambitious video for the track follows suit, opening with historical war images (marches, air strikes, mushroom clouds) before fading into an animated Road Warriors land, complete with gas masks, volcanoes, a torn map, a stag with burning antlers, and a bloody, treacherous ending. There’s also an abacus, but pay it no mind.
The song’s the first single from the band’s second full-length, Gods Of The Earth. If you want, you can also take “Fire Lances” on a walk.
Gods Of The Earth is out 4/1 on Kemado.