March 14, 2023
Thank you so much for the show of respect, it feels good to be back. I've been keeping in shape, vocally, mentally and been patiently waiting for this precise moment.
When it came time to regroup, we started with the live performances. This took us to another level and the fans kept asking for new material. Because of the good connection with the fans, we've decided we had to oblige and to work.
The state of Mind came naturally, we were carried by a wave of enthusiasm from the live shows.
Sword lyrics have always been a teamwork and a work in progress. For instance, on this album, like on our previous albums, we carry the torch of those who don't have a voice. In a "We the people" sort of way.
They are relevant in every way, even "Unleashing hell" about the 80s. Just think of it as a traveling time machine, for those who need a little nostalgia.
It's the three Of Swords Tarot Card. The Three of Swords shows a heart pierced by three swords, representing the pain inflicted by words and actions. The ray of light gathering in the background mirror this pain but offer the hope that, just as the storm clouds will disappear, so too will the pain and hurt you are experiencing.
The music, the melody and the lyrics are always a sign of the times. We went with our hearts, and our heads.
For starters, my brother is in the band. Mike Plant, and Mike Larock have been high school friends and music mates since 1980. We live nearby, we've always stayed in touch and we worked with each other on other musical projects.
A little bit of both, Mike Plant is the main songwriter of the band. We start with Mike's Riffs. Once we have something good going on, I find a melody. And so, we work as a team.
It is the exact same song.
It came very naturally. It was a very pleasant process and I'm pretty sure we'll do it again.
Being an artist is a very scary thing these days. Only the strong survive. Luck can carry you a bit, but once you run out of it you have to stay strong, mentally and emotionally for the rest of the journey.
Songwriting is always a teamwork for us. Mike Plant riffs gives us the directions for the songs melody and lyrics. This particular song made me work till the very last day of studio. I was so enthusiastic by the musical performance of the band that I kind of redid my melody three times before I got it right.
The song tries to take you back then, to let you experience what we went through. Back in the days Sword was on top of its game. We were invited by Metallica, Motörhead, Alice Cooper to be the opening act on their tour. We did it, and we made our place in the hearts of many Metal Fans.
We've already started a tour back home and if we get some decent offer to travel abroad, we will come and please our fans.
We do have some ideas for the future, but we concentrate on the present moment, and we let "Sword III" take us wherever it's meant to go.
Thank you so much for your kind words and for your precious support.