The Sword To Release Two Career-Spanning Compilations

The Sword will be releasing two career-spanning compilations on June 5. The first one, “Conquest Of Kingdoms,” is a vinyl set featuring 30 tracks including various covers, b-sides, live recordings, and more. The second one, “Chronology 2006-2018,” is a three-disc set featuring 52 tracks with a lot of the same rarities plus fan-favorites, and more.

Metallica’s Lars Ulrich, Lamb Of God’s Mark Morton, and Clutch’s Neil Fallon contributed some new liner notes to “Chronology” and some excerpts can be found below:

Lars Ulrich:

“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:

“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:

“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.”

The Sword’s Bryan Richie also said the following about the new releases:

“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.

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 added:

“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.”

Here’s the track listings:

“Conquest Of Kingdoms” (digital):

01. “The Horned Goddess” (live) (previously unreleased)
02. “Barael’s Blade” (live) (previously unreleased)
03. “Lament For The Aurochs” (live) (previously unreleased)
04. “Iron Swan” (live) (previously unreleased)
05. “The Sundering” (live) (previously unreleased)
06. “Fire Lances Of The Ancient Hyperzephyrians” (live) (previously unreleased)
07. “The Black River” (live) (previously unreleased)
08. “The White Sea” (live) (previously unreleased)
09. “Sea Of Spears” (live) (previously unreleased)
10. “Freya” (live) (previously unreleased)
11. “Night City” (live) (previously unreleased)
12. “The Chronomancer II: Nemesis” (live)
13. “He’s Waiting” (C Average Version)
14. “Nasty Dogs And Funky Kings”
15. “Freya ‘08” (previously unreleased)
16. “Forever My Queen” Pentagram cover) (previously unreleased)
17. “She” (Kiss cover) (previously unreleased)
18. “Daughter Of Dawn”
19. “Farstar”
20. “Cheap Sunglasses” (ZZ Top cover)
21. “Hammer Of Heaven”
22. “Hexenringe”
23. “Seriously Mysterious (Level One Remix)” (previously unreleased)
24. “John The Revelator” (Blind Willie Johnson cover)
25. “Turnt To Dust”
26. “Serpent Weather ”

“Conquest Of Kingdoms” (vinyl):

Side A:

01. “The Horned Goddess” (live) (previously unreleased)
02. “Barael’s Blade” (live) (previously unreleased)
03. “Lament For The Aurochs” (live) (previously unreleased)
04. “Iron Swan” (live) (previously unreleased)

Side B:

01. “The Sundering” (live) (previously unreleased)
02. “Fire Lances Of The Ancient Hyperzephyrians” (live) (previously unreleased)
03. “The Black River” (live) (previously unreleased)
04. “The White Sea” (live) (previously unreleased)

Side C:

01. “Sea Of Spears” (live) (previously unreleased)
02. “Freya” (live) (previously unreleased)
03. “Night City” (live) (previously unreleased)
04. “The Chronomancer II: Nemesis” (live)

Side D:

01. “He’s Waiting” (C Average Version)
02. “Sea Of Spears”
03. “Immigrant Song” (Led Zeppelin cover)
04. “Nasty Dogs And Funky Kings” (ZZ Top cover)
05. “Codex Corvidae”
06. “Freya ‘08“*

Side E:

01. “Forever My Queen” (Pentagram cover) (previously unreleased)
02. “She” (Kiss cover) (previously unreleased)
03. “Daughter Of Dawn”
04. “Farstar”
05. “Cold Sweat” (Thin Lizzy cover)
06. “Cheap Sunglasses” (ZZ Top cover)

Side F:

01. “Hammer Of Heaven”
02. “Hexenringe”
03. “Seriously Mysterious” (Level One Remix) (previously unreleased)
04. “John The Revelator” (Blind Willie Johnson cover)
05. “Turnt To Dust“
06. “Serpent Weather”

“Chronology 2006 – 2018“:

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) (previously unreleased)
14. “Barael’s Blade” (live) (previously unreleased)
15. “Lament for the Aurochs” (live) (previously unreleased)
16. “Iron Swan” (live) (previously unreleased)

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) (previously unreleased)
16. “Freya” (live) (previously unreleased)
17. “Night City” (live) (previously unreleased)
18. “The Chronomancer II: Nemesis” (live)

Disc 3:

01. “He’s Waiting” (C Average Version)
02. “Sea Of Spears”
03. “Immigrant Song” (Led Zeppelin cover)
04. “Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings” (ZZ Top cover)
05. “Codex Corvidae”
06. “Freya ’08” (previously unreleased)
07. “Forever My Queen” (Pentagram cover) (previously unreleased)
08. “She” (Kiss cover) (previously unreleased)
09. “Daughter Of Dawn”
10. “Farstar”
11. “Cold Sweat” (Thin Lizzy cover)
12. “Cheap Sunglasses” (ZZ Top cover)
13. “Hammer Of Heaven”
14. “Hexenringe”
15. “Seriously Mysterious” (Level One Remix) (previously unreleased)
16. “John The Revelator” (Blind Willie Johnson cover)
17. “Turnt To Dust” (previously unreleased)
18. “Serpent Weather”

Pre-orders can be found HERE and a live version of “Freya“ from a 2011 show in Austin, TX can be streamed below: