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THE SWORD Reveal Two Career-Spanning Compilations, Conquest Of Kingdoms And Chronology: 2006 - 2018

By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 @ 2:08 PM

Both Titles Releasing June 5 Via Craft Recordings

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It’s been two years since the Austin, TX heavy rockers decided to take a break, but THE SWORD are unsheathed once more: Two career-spanning collections will be released simultaneously, both showcasing the technically dazzling, riff-heavy and far-reaching metal that the band has been known for since forming 15 years ago.

Conquest of Kingdoms, an explosive three-disc vinyl collection of rarities and oddities, offers 30 tracks (16 previously unreleased) and is housed in a triple-gatefold package, including B-sides, oddities and live recordings of fan favorites like “Freya”, “Iron Swan” and “Fire Lances of the Ancient Hyperzephyrians”, as well as cover versions of “Immigrant Song” (LED ZEPPELIN), “Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings” (ZZ TOP), “She” (KISS), “Forever My Queen” (PENTAGRAM) and more. A truncated digital version will also be available. In addition to the standard vinyl release, a limited-edition color variant (1,000 pressings worldwide) will also be available exclusively via TheSwordOfficial.com, CraftRecordings.com, as well as independent retailers.

Chronology: 2006–2018 is a three-disc CD compendium, which — in addition to the aforementioned rarities — also includes THE SWORD’s greatest hits and fan favorites. Distilling the band's complete discography, this collection comprises 52 tracks (12 previously unreleased), including the studio recordings of “Freya”, “Iron Swan”, “Cloak of Feathers” and “Deadly Nightshade”. The set also features expansive new liner notes with contributions from the band, plus Lars Ulrich (METALLICA), Mark Morton (LAMB OF GOD) and Neil Fallon (CLUTCH).

Both titles will be released on June 5th and are available for pre-order today. Accompanying the pre-order is an advance single of a previously unreleased version of “Freya”, recorded live at Stubbs in Austin, TX in 2011. Listen to the track BELOW.

Over their 17-year career, THE SWORD have proven themselves to be one of the most prolific and revered bands in metal — not only by fans, but also by the media and their peers. In the Chronology package liner notes, Lars Ulrich exclaims,

"THE SWORD blew my mind. The best music always sounds like it threads through, and is part of, some sort of lineage, some sort of continuity, some sort of history, but always with its own additional X factor... For me, they were one of the few with that aforementioned additional X factor, so we should absolutely celebrate their inspirational music."

Mark Morton recollects,

"THE SWORD was a band I had been waiting for... a band that I wished I was in… a heavy blues, acid rock, psychedelic, intergalactic riff paradise. In my estimation, THE SWORD was the perfect blend of BLACK SABBATH, BLUE CHEER, CREAM, JIMI HENDRIX, SLEEP and CLUTCH… somehow familiar yet incredibly fresh at the same time.”

Neil Fallon adds,

"The phrase ‘world building’ is usually reserved for science fiction and fantasy. But I think you could apply it to THE SWORD as well. The lyrics and music capture the spirit of what first attracted me to heavy metal, namely, the escapism. There’s only a handful of bands that do this convincingly, and THE SWORD is one of them."

These two new collections provide a comprehensive and unrivaled deep-dive experience into the band's career, making them an essential addition to the collection of any fan of heavy music. Now, with the double release of Conquest of Kingdoms and Chronology 2006–2018, THE SWORD have compiled an extensive and essential collection that celebrates their legacy and impressive back catalog. Bryan Richie says that it was simply the right time to revisit the band’s career thus far.

“We’ve got all these exclusive 7”s and a split record or two, that were pressed in 1,000 quantities — maybe people heard those tracks on a YouTube stream in not really the greatest quality,” he says. “As the band had gone on hiatus, we had this wealth of material to share including live sets — things that were sitting on my hard drive for years, things that were given to me at shows. It seemed like the right time.”

John D. Cronise describes the differences between the two formats and the methodology for compiling these:

“The CD package will be more of a career retrospective with selections from each of our albums as well as the rarities and B-sides and things. Sort of a mini box set, you could say. The set will include a booklet with essays and photos, to make it special and extra. Whereas the LP release [Conquest of Kingdoms] is more streamlined, with just the B-side and rarities material. Personally for me, that’s what’s exciting about the releases. A lot of that stuff I never thought would see the light of day but I always thought was really cool and was proud of.”

THE SWORD recently announced that they will be hitting the road to tour North America with PRIMUS on their A Tribute to Kings Tour. The band will also be playing a number of headline shows. Tickets and full info available at www.theswordofficial.com

Speaking on playing live, Richie adds

“I’m always ready to play riffs with my dudes, so we’ll see where it goes from here,” says Richie. “Maybe THE SWORD will come out of hibernation every once in a while to play some shows or tour -- whatever it is, I’m here for it. Hopefully, it’ll become a thing. Virus permitting.”

Both titles are available to pre-order now. Special bundles are also available through CraftRecordings.com and TheSwordOfficial.com.

Conquest Of Kingdoms Track Listing
*previously unreleased


Side A

  • "The Horned Goddess (live)"*
  • "Barael’s Blade (live)"*
  • "Lament for the Aurochs (live)"*
  • "Iron Swan (live)"*
Side B
  • "The Sundering (live)"*
  • "Fire Lances of the Ancient Hyperzephyrians (live)"*
  • "The Black River (live)"*
  • "The White Sea (live)"*
Side C
  • "Sea of Spears (live)"*
  • "Freya (live)"*
  • "Night City (live)"*
  • "The Chronomancer II: Nemesis (live)"
Side D
  • "He’s Waiting (C Average Version)"
  • "Sea of Spears"
  • "Immigrant Song"
  • "Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings"
  • "Codex Corvidae"
  • "Freya ‘08"*
Side E
  • "Forever My Queen"*
  • "She"*
  • "Daughter of Dawn"
  • "Farstar"
  • "Cold Sweat"
  • "Cheap Sunglasses"
Side F
  • "Hammer of Heaven"
  • "Hexenringe"
  • "Seriously Mysterious (Level One Remix)"*
  • "John the Revelator"
  • "Turnt to Dust"*
  • "Serpent Weather"
  • "The Horned Goddess (Live)"*
  • "Barael’s Blade (Live)"*
  • "Lament for the Aurochs (Live)"*
  • "Iron Swan (Live)"*
  • "The Sundering (Live)"*
  • "Fire Lances of the Ancient Hyperzephyrians (Live)"*
  • "The Black River (Live)"*
  • "The White Sea (Live)"*
  • "Sea of Spears (Live)"*
  • "Freya (Live)"*
  • "Night City (Live)"*
  • "The Chronomancer II: Nemesis (Live)"
  • "He’s Waiting (C Average Version)"
  • "Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings"
  • "Freya ‘08"*
  • "Forever My Queen"*
  • "She"*
  • "Daughter of Dawn"
  • "Farstar"
  • "Cheap Sunglasses"
  • "Hammer of Heaven"
  • "Hexenringe"
  • "Seriously Mysterious (Level One Remix)"*
  • "John the Revelator"
  • "Turnt to Dust"
  • "Serpent Weather"
Chronology 2006 - 2018 Track Listing
*previously unreleased

Disc 1

  • "Freya"
  • "Winter’s Wolves"
  • "The Horned Goddess"
  • "Iron Swan"
  • "How Heavy This Axe"
  • "Fire Lances of the Ancient Hyperzephyrians"
  • "Maiden, Mother & Crone"
  • "The Black River"
  • "Acheron/Unearthing the Orb"
  • "Lawless Lands"
  • "The Warp Riders"
  • "(The Night the Sky Cried) Tears of Fire"
  • "The Horned Goddess (live)"*
  • "Barael’s Blade (live)"*
  • "Lament for the Aurochs (live)"*
  • "Iron Swan (live)"*
Disc 2
  • "Cloak of Feathers"
  • "Dying Earth"
  • "Seven Sisters"
  • "Apocryphon"
  • "Empty Temples"
  • "Mist & Shadow"
  • "Early Snow"
  • "The Dreamthieves"
  • "Seriously Mysterious" (acoustic)
  • "Buzzards" (acoustic)
  • "Deadly Nightshade"
  • "Sea of Green"
  • "Used Future"
  • "Come and Gone"
  • "Sea of Spears (live)"*
  • "Freya (live)"*
  • "Night City (live)"*
  • "The Chronomancer II: Nemesis (live)"
Disc 3
  • "He’s Waiting (C Average Version)"
  • "Sea of Spears"
  • "Immigrant Song"
  • "Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings"
  • "Codex Corvidae"
  • "Freya ’08"*
  • "Forever My Queen"*
  • "She"*
  • "Daughter of Dawn"
  • "Farstar"
  • "Cold Sweat"
  • "Cheap Sunglasses"
  • "Hammer of Heaven"
  • "Hexenringe"
  • "Seriously Mysterious (Level One Remix)"*
  • "John the Revelator"
  • "Turnt to Dust"*
  • "Serpent Weather"
  • 5.26 - Irving, TX @ Pavilion at Toyota Factory
  • 5.27 - Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
  • 5.29 - Austin, TX @ ACL Live at The Moody Theater
  • 5.30 - New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theatre
  • 6.1 - Asheville, NC @ Exploreasheville.com Arena
  • 6.2 - Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco*
  • 6.3 - Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
  • 6.4 - Tampa, FL @ Orpheum*
  • 6.5 - Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy
  • 6.6 - Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
  • 6.7 - Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater
  • 6.9 - Cincinnati, OH @ Express Live! Amphitheater
  • 6.10 - Columbus, OH @ Express Live! Amphitheater
  • 6.11 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Majestic Theater*
  • 6.12 - Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
  • 6.13 - Indianapolis, IN @ Vogue*
  • 6.15 - Richmond, VA @ Virginia Credit Union Live!
  • 6.16 - Baltimore, MD @ MECU Pavilion
  • 6.17 - New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
  • 6.20 - Ashbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony Summer Stage
  • 6.21 - Essex Junction, VT @ Midway Lawn at Champlain Valley Expo
  • 6.23 - Boston, MA @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
  • 6.24 - Wallingford, CT @ Oakdale Theatre
  • 6.25 - Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place*
  • 6.26 - Sterling Heights, MI @ Freedom Amphitheatre
  • 6.27 - Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
  • 6.28 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
  • 6.30 - Toronto, ON @ RBC Echo Beach
  • 7.1 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle*
  • 7.2 - St. Louis, MO @ Ready Room*
  • 7.3 - Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street* * Headline Show

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