In the early 80's, south of Montréal in Saint Bruno, Quebec, Rick (vocals) and Dan Hughes (drums) formed a heavy metal band called Sword
. They were joined by guitarist Mike Plant and bassist Mike Larocque in the first lineup of the band. They signed their first commercial contract in 1984 with Aquarius Records.Sword released two albums for Aquarius in the late 80s; the debut album Metalized
in 1986 and its follow-up Sweet Dreams
in 1988. They toured in the support slot for Motörhead and Alice Cooper, and the group was hand-picked to open for Metallica on the 1986 Master of Puppets tour
.After disbanding, Rick Hughes formed Saints & Sinners
and released a self-titled album with them.In 2006, Aquarius Records released The Best of Sword
a compilation album, which was in stores on Tuesday, October 31.Throughout their career, Sword sold in excess of 180,000 albums.On February 17, 2011 it was announced that Sword had reunited and were rehearsing for live shows to come.