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Gospel - Released September 17, 2020 | Craft Recordings

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World - Released September 11, 2020 | Craft Recordings

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R&B - Released September 11, 2020 | Craft Recordings

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World - Released September 4, 2020 | Craft Recordings

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World - Released August 28, 2020 | Craft Recordings

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Children - Released August 21, 2020 | Craft Recordings

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World - Released August 21, 2020 | Craft Recordings

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World - Released August 14, 2020 | Craft Recordings

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World - Released August 7, 2020 | Craft Recordings

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World - Released August 7, 2020 | Craft Recordings

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Children - Released July 31, 2020 | Craft Recordings

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Gospel - Released July 24, 2020 | Craft Recordings

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Gospel - Released July 24, 2020 | Craft Recordings

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World - Released July 17, 2020 | Craft Recordings

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World - Released July 3, 2020 | Craft Recordings

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Latin America - Released June 19, 2020 | Craft Recordings

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Rock - Released June 8, 2020 | Craft Recordings

One of two career-spanning compilations to be released by the stalwart Texas metallers in 2020 -- the other is the even larger Chronology 2006-2018 -- Conquest of Kingdoms delivers a well-curated, fan-centric set of concert recordings and non-album/previously unreleased songs. The 30-track collection commences with four live cuts, "The Horned Goddess," "Barael's Blade," Lament for the Aurochs," and "Iron Swan," recorded in 2005 at Austin's legendary Emo's. Not too far removed from the studio versions that would appear on the acclaimed Age of Winters the following year, it's cool to hear Kyle Shutt's and John "J.D." Cronise's dovetailing guitar work in a live setting at the peak of their most Sabbath-leaning period. The live recordings roll out sequentially, with a 2007 performance at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC showcasing material from the thrashy, NWOBHM-influenced Gods of the Earth, and a 2011 Stubbs BBQ gig leans hard into the metaphysical space rock emissions of 2012's Apocryphon. The remaining B-sides and rarities feature some choice covers, including takes on Pentagram's "Forever My Queen," fellow Texans ZZ Top's "Cheap Sunglasses," Thin Lizzy's "Cold Sweat," and Kiss' "She," the latter of which apparently needed more cowbell. Outtakes from later efforts High Country ("Hexenringe") and Used Future ("Serpent Weather") reflect the Sword's pivot from straight-up doom-casters to bluesy hard rockers, and a colossal 2008 version of fan-favorite "Freya" adds the sonic heft that the original 2006 recording implied but couldn't yet reach. All 26 of these tracks also appear on Chronology 2006-2018, which adds 26 hand-picked studio cuts to the mix, making it a better option for newcomers looking to take in a widescreen view of the band's output over the years, but for hardcore Sword enthusiasts, Conquest of Kingdoms inarguably satisfies. © James Christopher Monger /TiVo
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Musical Theatre - Released June 5, 2020 | Craft Recordings

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Latin America - Released June 5, 2020 | Craft Recordings