Texan rockers The Sword are set to release two career-spanning collections, Conquest Of Kingdoms and Chronology 2006-2018, through Craft Recordings on 5 June.
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, remixes and live recordings of fan favourites 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.
Chronology 2006–2018, meanwhile, is a three-disc CD compendium, which — in addition to the aforementioned rarities — also includes The Sword’s greatest hits and fan favourites. 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).
Over their 17-year career, the Austin, Texas-based outfit 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.