Say what you want about Sworn In, but never have I seen a band in our scene blow up this quick and this fast. It was probably the tours and those fests that played a major part, but to give at least some credit where credit is due, there is not much out there that sounds like Sworn In. They have nailed the “I’m really pissed and angry,” sound like no one else I’ve heard.
I’ve been following Sworn In since the day they released their Cartharis EP. Out of the musical ilk that was Buried By The Ocean, came one of the most surprising EPs I had ever heard from a local band. It’s been a few years and their sound has certainly changed, but as their most recent music video has made evident, people certainly like it.
Whether you love or hate Sworn In, the fact that they released this music video on August 15th and it already has 190k+ views is pretty damn incredible. I didn’t see any band from our scene ever getting this kind of exposure, but I’m glad I was wrong. The people arguing back and forth on the youtube comments are something that every local band in the scene only wishes it had. All publicity is good publicity – or is at least publicity for that matter – which is hard to get in today’s over saturated music scene.
To enjoy Sworn In, you must appreciate this album and specifically this band for what they are, not what your preferred metal, hardcore, whatever tastes. Their music is obvious and straightforward; it’s heavy and there to smash your face in. The Death Card doesn’t wreak of technical riffs, catchy choruses, and ambient melodies because that is not who Sworn in is. If you are looking for something that sounds Between the Buried and Me, Born Of Osiris, or whomever go listen to them instead.
What about Sworn In themselves? Did Sworn In overreact when The Death Card leaked? Yes. That leak gave them invaluable and FREE exposure to amp up the release of The Death Card that much more. In fact, they have gotten plenty of negative feedback from people in our scene, myself included, but for once let’s support a band from our scene that is living their dream. I personally abhor the lyrics of Sworn In because of the negativity and the worldview, but if I want uplifting lyrics there are plenty of bands to choose from.
So when you listen to Sworn In, put all expectations aside and listen to them for what they are. Forget that you hate Tyler, preferred Gene’s vocals, or that Chris is a really nice guy and just listen to the music; no more and no less. Stay metal?