Texan riff masters The Sword have unveiled “Winter’s Wolves”, the second installment of their 3-song Conquest Of Quarantine lockdown session.
“Winter’s Wolves” premiered earlier today with Louder (Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Prog) and can also be seen here or by clicking the image below. The track was originally released in 2006, on The Sword’s “Age Of Winters” debut album.
Frontman JD Cronise comments, “The original demo title of this song was “A Druid’s Curse”, and the lyrics are in fact intended to be a literal curse. Although it was written in the early 2000’s, I find it to be even more relevant today.”
Bassist Bryan Richie adds, “Envision large plumes of cannabis smoke or get DIY on it and create your own as you listen to this quarantine rendition of our classic track Winter’s Wolves. It was just as fun and lively as the original version we cranked out in my bedroom some 15 years ago now! Hope y’all enjoy!”
The lockdown session marks The Sword’s first live performance together since the band went on hiatus in 2018. The first track shared, which premiered last week with Consequence Of Sound, showed the band putting their own inimitable spin on the T-Rex classic, “Children of the Revolution”. Watch that here and stay tuned for the final installment soon.
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.”
“Children Of the Revolution” and “Winter’s Wolves” will be followed by one final clip, released next week, so be sure to keep it locked to their socials or subscribe at YouTube so you don’t miss the full epic session.
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*
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).