“The Warp Riders” premiered today on the band’s YouTube channel and can be viewed below. The song is the title track from the critically acclaimed 2010 album “Warp Riders”, which saw the band transition into a hard rock-influenced sound.
The lockdown sessions marked THE SWORD‘s first live performances together since the band went on hiatus in 2018, as they remotely reunited to perform songs like “Winter’s Wolves”, “Working Man” and put their own inimitable spin on the T. REX classic “Children Of The Revolution”. On the concept of recording live sessions in isolation, drummer Jimmy Vela commented: “This was a new approach for us; the ‘Tribute To Kings’ tour postponement led to us finding a different way to connect with our fans. It was fun and something we hadn’t tried yet…”
THE SWORD‘s new compilations “Chronology: 2006-2018” and “Conquest Of Kingdoms”, both released last year, 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 available.
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“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).