Sworn In
The Death Card


3.0
good

Review

by wowyouresohxc USER (3 Reviews)
August 15th, 2013 | 56 replies


Release Date: 08/20/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Shoot me fucking dead, I'll let my eyes roll back into my head, wishing I was dead, wishing I was dead."

Rumbling. Guitar plugs in. Here we go. Vocals. Fade out.

I don’t want this review to be a constant disparagement to Sworn In just because of the genre. This is a metalcore album; it meets the criteria in every sense of the “m word.” But that’s what I don’t understand: Why do people discredit an album or band just because of a genre? I understand that some metalcore bands are - eh - pretty bad to say the least, but to write off an entire genre because of a few years worth of bad releases seems pretty inane.

The band claims that this is a concept album, but the loathing seems to be the only constant theme. And believe me, this band is pissed, or at least I like to believe so. I think that’s what makes this album keep drawing me back. If you do truly believe that they are pissed, it suddenly becomes extremely passionate.

As for the instrumentals... there has been a huge improvement. This album is not a breakdown. There are probably more than enough to go around, but it’s not as bad as their previous efforts. This album “brings teh junz”, but it adds to the overall heaviness. In a sense, I like to listen to this album for the same reason that I like to listen to Iowa by Slipknot. No technical aspects whatsoever, but the musicianship is great, the passion is there, and let’s face it, everyone likes to get irate once in awhile.

This album is held back, however, by the one thing that sets it apart. Tyler Dennen’s lyrical ability is somewhat lacking. All the songs are extremely specific about their loathing, but they’re delivered with the poise of a shotgun: He doesn’t vary his subjective delivery of them; there’s no metaphor whatsoever.

Also, the interludes and songs under two minutes are highly unnecessary.

The biggest improvement is still Dennen’s vocal style. He has mostly ditched his fry style vocals in favor of false chords, giving a more aggressive sound. There is more overall vocal range (rather than just an irritating mid-range).

This album is definitely a major improvement, and if these young musicians vary their musical style, I believe they could be on their way to being one of the few critically respected bands in today’s scene.


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wowyouresohxc
August 15th 2013


91 Comments


Hit me, trollz.

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wowyouresohxc
August 15th 2013


91 Comments


Yeah. His twitter bio was literally "I like trains" for the longest time. And thanks man.

Italianjesusfootball
August 15th 2013


267 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice review breh. Album brings the junz, but like you said, that isn't a bad thing. Pretty pissed album for sure.

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wowyouresohxc
August 15th 2013


91 Comments


Thanks a ton, dude!

wowyouresohxc
August 15th 2013


91 Comments


Thanks Jon.

Italianjesusfootball
August 15th 2013


267 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ur welcum brendan.

wowyouresohxc
August 15th 2013


91 Comments


k

Kelseybooo
August 15th 2013


4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review.

wowyouresohxc
August 15th 2013


91 Comments


Thanks.

sixdegrees
August 15th 2013


17207 Comments


trains

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Italianjesusfootball
August 15th 2013


267 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

trains [x2]

wowyouresohxc
August 15th 2013


91 Comments


trains [x∞]

Nocturnal
August 18th 2013


1329 Comments


Pretty shitty album. Surprised frankie palmeri didn't have a guest spot.

XtrainsX [4]

dbilidb
August 21st 2013


50 Comments


Korn. :3

haydenslame
August 26th 2013


352 Comments


listening now. i dig it.

haydenslame
August 26th 2013


352 Comments


Could do without the clean vocals.

tylerdennensmom
August 26th 2013


1 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

any rabbi's need a cock sucking on here?

Nocturnal
September 23rd 2013


1329 Comments


Ya tylers mom stick a finger up my ass next time tho.

thewired
October 27th 2013


48 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hit me clown because im not from your town now, hit me clown

KSK1
October 27th 2013


4090 Comments


Album is surprisingly enjoyable in a guilty pleasure sorta way



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