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The Sword Announce Two Career-Spanning Compilations, Share Unreleased Live Version of “Freya”: Stream

Conquest of Kingdoms and Chronology 2006-2018 are out June 5th

The Sword Compilations
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    Austin heavy rockers The Sword have been on hiatus for two years. The band took a break following a prolific string of releases and tours, an era its tapped into for two career-spanning compilations, Conquest of Kingdoms and Chronology 2006-2018, out on June 5th.

    Conquest of Kingdoms is a 3-LP vinyl collection of previously unreleased live tracks, B-sides, covers, and rarities. Chronology 2006-2018 is a 3-CD compendium that includes the band’s greatest-hits and fan favorites, and also includes some of the rarities featured on Conquest of Kingdoms.

    “We’ve got all these exclusive 7-inches 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,” bassist Brian Richie said in a press release. “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.”

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    The cover selections are particularly notable, with The Sword honoring many of the heavy psych and proto-metal bands that came before them. Some of the notable covers on Conquest of Kingdoms include Pentagram’s “Forever My Queen”, KISS’ “She”, Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song”, and more.

    Longtime fans will recognize highlight tracks from the band’s studio output on Chronology 2006 – 2018, including the instant classic “Freya”, “Cloak of Feathers”, and “The Warp Riders”, among others.

    “The CD release [Chronology 2006-2018] will be more of a career retrospective with selections from each of our albums as well as the rarities and B-sides and things,” singer/guitarist John D. Cronise said of the methodology of the separate compilation. “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.”

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    The Sword are scheduled to emerge from hiatus for a string of shows this summer — “virus permitting,” according to Richie —  some headlining and some supporting Primus’ tour covering Rush’s Farewell to Kings. See those dates below, and get tickets here.

    Listen to a live version of “Freya” recorded in 2011 at Stubb’s in Austin below. Pre-order the compilations via Craft Recordings.

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    The Sword North American 2020 Tour Dates with Primus:
    05/26 – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion
    05/27 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
    05/29 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater
    05/30 – New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theater
    06/01 – Asheville, NC @ ExploreAsheville.com Arena
    06/02 – Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco *
    06/03 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
    06/04 – Tampa, FL @ Orpheum *
    06/05 – Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy
    06/06 – Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
    06/07 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater
    06/09 – Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion
    06/10 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live!
    06/11 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Majestic Theater *
    06/12 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo
    06/13 – Indianapolis, IN @ Vogue*
    06/15 – Richmond, VA @ Virginia Credit Union LIVE!
    06/16 – Baltimore, MD @ MECU Pavilion
    06/17 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
    06/19 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Met
    06/20 – Asbury Par, NJ @ The Stone Pony
    06/21 – Essex Junction, VT @ Midway Lawn
    06/23 – Boston, MA @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
    06/24 – Wallingford, CT @ Toyota Oakdale Theatre
    06/25 – Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place *
    06/26 – Sterlight Heights, MI @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre
    06/27 – Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion
    06/28 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
    06/30 – Toronto, ON @ RBC Echo Beach
    07/01 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle *
    07/02 – St. Louis, MO @ Ready Room *
    07/03 – Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street *

    * = The Sword only

    Conquest of Kingdoms Tracklist:
    Side A
    01. The Horned Goddess (live) *
    02. Barael’s Blade (live) *
    03. Lament for the Aurochs (live) *
    04. Iron Swan (live) *

    Side B
    01. The Sundering (live)*
    02. Fire Lances of the Ancient Hyperzephyrians (live) *
    03. The Black River (live) *
    04. The White Sea (live) *

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    Side C
    01. Sea of Spears (live) *
    02. Freya (live) *
    03. Night City (live) *
    04. The Chronomancer II: Nemesis (live)

    Side D
    01. He’s Waiting (C Average Version)
    02. Sea of Spears
    03. Immigrant Song
    04. Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings
    05. Codex Corvidae
    06. Freya ‘08 *

    Side E
    01. Forever My Queen *
    02. She*
    03. Daughter of Dawn
    04. Farstar
    05. Cold Sweat
    06. Cheap Sunglasse

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    Side F
    01. Hammer of Heaven
    02. Hexenringe
    03. Seriously Mysterious (Level One Remix) *
    04. John the Revelator
    05. Turnt to Dust *
    06. Serpent Weather

    * = Previously unreleased

    Chronology 2006 – 2018 Tracklist:
    Disc 1
    01. Freya
    02. Winter’s Wolves
    03. The Horned Goddess
    04. Iron Swan
    05. How Heavy This Axe
    06. Fire Lances of the Ancient Hyperzephyrians
    07. Maiden, Mother & Crone
    08. The Black River
    09. Acheron/Unearthing the Orb
    10. Lawless Lands
    11. The Warp Riders
    12. (The Night the Sky Cried) Tears of Fire
    13. The Horned Goddess (live) *
    14. Barael’s Blade (live) *
    15. Lament for the Aurochs (live) *
    16. Iron Swan (live) *

    Disc 2
    01. Cloak of Feathers
    02. Dying Earth
    03. Seven Sisters
    04. Apocryphon
    05. Empty Temples
    06. Mist & Shadow
    07. Early Snow
    08. The Dreamthieves
    09. Seriously Mysterious (acoustic)
    10. Buzzards (acoustic)
    11. Deadly Nightshade
    12. Sea of Green
    13. Used Future
    14. Come and Gone
    15. Sea of Spears (live) *
    16. Freya (live) *
    17. Night City (live) *
    18. The Chronomancer II: Nemesis (live

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    Disc 3
    01. He’s Waiting (C Average Version)
    02. Sea of Spears
    03. Immigrant Song
    04. Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings
    05. Codex Corvidae
    06. Freya ’08 *
    07. Forever My Queen *
    08. She*
    09. Daughter of Dawn
    10. Farstar
    11. Cold Sweat
    12. Cheap Sunglasses
    13. Hammer of Heaven
    14. Hexenringe
    15. Seriously Mysterious (Level One Remix)*
    16. John the Revelator
    17. Turnt to Dust *
    18. Serpent Weather

    * = Previously Unreleased

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