Texan riff masters The Sword have released the third and final installment of their 3-song mini-series – Conquest Of Quarantine lockdown session – a bone rattling cover of the Rush classic “Working Man” which premiered earlier today with Loudwire.
The Sword bassist Bryan Richie comments,
“In the early 2000s we were given a CD by one of Kyle’s record store buddies with SLUSH scrawled across it and little did we know what a wild ride awaited us. This dude had taken his favorite Rush songs and dropped the pitch control on his record player as low as it would go – taking these classic RUSH tracks and turning them into a C standard sludge fest with the most air drumable drums!! Does it doom? Heck yes it does. Enjoy our cover of the classic RUSH track “Working Man” with a Slush’y spin.”
The Conquest of Quarantine lockdown session marks The Sword’s first live performance together since the band went on hiatus in 2018. Rolling out a track a week over the last 3 weeks, the first track premiered with Consequence Of Sound and showed the band putting their own inimitable spin on the T-Rex classic, “Children of the Revolution”. Watch that here. The second track, a rendition of their mammoth hit “Winter’s Wolves” from their debut album “Age Of Winters”, premiered last week with Louder (Metal Hammer, Classic Rock, Prog).
The Sword’s triumphant live return from hiatus was scheduled to be with Primus this summer as part of their mammoth A Tribute To Kings US trek. But the pandemic had other plans. Not wishing to deprive fans of the live performances they’ve been waiting so long to see, The Sword got creative and so was birthed the Conquest Of Quarantine lockdown session.
Explains bassist Bryan Richie, “It was a lot of fun getting together with Kyle and Jimmy to record these tracks, and thanks to the miracles of modern technology we were able to lay down a wicked session with JD all the way from North Carolina. Crank this from the comforts of your couch, Conquest of Quarantine brought to you with minimal overdubs and maximum rocking.”
Thankfully, fans will still be able to catch the The Sword in person with Primus on the rescheduled A Tribute To Kings tour in 2021, appearing for the dates listed below.
June 9 – Houston, Texas @ Revention Music Center*
June 11 – Irving, Texas @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory*
June 12 – Austin, Texas @ ACL Live at The Moody Theater*
June 13 – New Orleans, La. @ Saenger Theatre*
June 15 – Orlando, Fla. @ Hard Rock Live*
June 16 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Coca-Cola Roxy*
June 20 – Charlotte, N.C. @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre*
June 22 – Asheville, N.C. @ Exploreacheville.com Arena*
June 23 – Raleigh, N.C. @ Red Hat Amphitheater*
June 25 – Richmond, Va. @ Virginia Credit Union Live!*
June 26 – Baltimore, Md. @ MECU Pavilion*
June 27 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Stage AE*
June 29 – Essex Junction, Vt. @ Midway Law at Champlain Valley Expo*
July 1 – Westbrook, Maine @ Main Savings Pavilion at Rock Row*
July 2 – Wallingford, Ct. @ Oakdale Theatre*
July 5 – Lafayette, N.Y. @ Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards (no the Sword)
July 6 – Boston, Mass. @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion*
July 8 – New York, N.Y. @ Beacon Theatre*
July 9 – Asbury Park, N.J. @ The Stone Pony Summer Stage*
July 10 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ The Met*
July 13 – Toronto, Ont. @ RBC Echo Beach*
July 15 – Columbus, Ohio @ Express Live! Outdoor*
July 16 – Cleveland, Ohio @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica*
July 17 – Sterling Heights, Mich. @ Freedom Hill Amphitheatre*
July 19 – Cincinnati, Ohio @ PNC Pavilion*
Tickets available from www.theswordofficial.com
The Sword’s newly released compilations, Chronology: 2006 – 2018 and Conquest of Kingdoms each showcase 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 is also be available.
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 are available now, click here for Conquest of Kingdoms, or here for Chronology 2006–2018. Special bundles are also available through CraftRecordings.com.