Sworn In
All Smiles


1.0
awful

Review

by ianblxdsoe USER (32 Reviews)
July 1st, 2017 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Pure monotony.

Metalcore has become more and more involved with nu metal than anything nowadays, signaled by a resurgence in the dark rhythmic downtuned guitars, “edgy” lyrics, all black clothing, and near-rapped, screamed vocals synonymous with the style. Bands like Emmure and Attila have played with the sound over the years but it’s with the new breed of bands, such as King 810, Sylar, Cane Hill, and Fire From The Gods from this new somewhat “revival” of nu metal stylings that Sworn In really seem to cohabit. 2013’s The Death Card exhibited some interesting and unique traits but were overcome with failed gothic attempts at lyricism and constant “bleghs” plaguing many of the better tracks off that album. As the band continued to move forward, dropping another full length and EP, they seemed to start to hit a period of devolution where their sound had become even more littered with the negative traits that were all over The Death Card. With All Smiles, there is seemingly no difference than what was to be expected.

The biggest thing that comes to mind while listening to All Smiles all the way through, is just monotony. Pure monotony. The album feels just like one big long Emmure cover. There is almost no difference between each one of these songs in structure, except occasionally the order which sections are placed; it’s the same Drop G riffs placed back to back with each other as the same repetitive screamed vocals from frontman Tyler Dennen which inevitably lead into a whiny clean vocal part, and then into a breakdown. Occasionally Sworn In will try shuffling these components around, and unfortunately those moments are probably the most unique and surprising All Smiles has to offer. The guitars are so muddy in the mix that you can barely make out the beyond downtuned riffs that Eugene Kamlyuk puts on the table. Additionally, the bass and drums are mixed so poorly and produced so mediocrely it’s hard to even make a fair judgement of them, the bass almost inaudible and the drums sounding about as lifeless as my toenail.

To make matters worse, Sworn In also plunge the cesspool of lyrical inspiration on All Smiles. Their efforts on previous releases were also really sub-par, but there are so many lines about “not giving a ***” or being so antagonistic towards everybody that it would make even a King 810 fan cringe. . There are questionable lyrics all over this thing, mostly with the same repetitive sayings of “feeling numb” or “emptiness” but then the next few tracks will pretty much only focus on the topic of pain, torture, and whatever 2 or 3 other negative feelings that come to Dennen’s mind. There’s essentially nothing to quote because almost every lyric feels the exact same as the last. It all seems to be about Dennen negatively looking back at himself for something (which is itself never explained), and then ‘strengthening’ his point with gratuitous, inexhaustive f-bombs. There is almost essentially no unique aspect of this record, bereft of originality in instrumentation, lyrics, and vocal stylings; the poor mixing and production only compounds its woes. Overall, All Smiles seems to be an attempt at something new, but really just becomes an amalgamation of their contemporaries in the worst way possible, in one of the worst groups of contemporaries TO amalgamate your influences and style from. As I finish this up, I’m trying to find just one redeemable factor of this record but I’m genuinely left empty handed. Bands like Sworn In and albums like All Smiles are what’s wrong with metal and hardcore today.



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ianblxdsoe
July 1st 2017


1406 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

this was a headache of an album. shoutout to my man archelirion for proofreading this and making this review about 100x better. also the toenail joke lol

Archelirion
Contributing Reviewer
July 1st 2017


5472 Comments


Cheers for the shout fella ^ ^ This sounds pretty awful, although I've not heard it yet. Probably won't bother, but we'll see

ianblxdsoe
July 1st 2017


1406 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

always helps the objectivity i suppose hahah

brettgoespunk
July 1st 2017


228 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Fucking garbage record holy fuck

FullOfSounds
July 1st 2017


15615 Comments


Nice review

Digging: Hannah Diamond - Pink and Blue

dbizzles
July 1st 2017


10576 Comments


Jesus fuck, this sounds awful. Will avoid.

Joeman82
July 1st 2017


926 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I feel like I just listened to a 39 minute edgy breakdown.

Digging: Icarus the Owl - Rearm Circuits

ianblxdsoe
July 1st 2017


1406 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

sounds about right. also whoever ghost neg'd and killed my approval rating can suck my ass

Joeman82
July 1st 2017


926 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Like holy shit every riff, vocal pattern, and drum beat sounds like a breakdown.

brettgoespunk
July 1st 2017


228 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

who the fuck neg'd my boi i'll beat your ass

ianblxdsoe
July 1st 2017


1406 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

ghost negs are the worst

BlushfulHippocrene
July 1st 2017


2065 Comments


"The biggest thing that’s come to mind while listening to All Smiles through is monotony." Find this sentence a little awkward, because of the "through" and the tense of "that's come to mind." Small, inconsequential nitpick, though, sweet review. ((:

ianblxdsoe
July 2nd 2017


1406 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

thanks blush!

betray
July 2nd 2017


9186 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

pretty cringe stuff here

rc239
July 2nd 2017


192 Comments


"Drop G riffs"

yeah if you consider binary code to be riffs lmao

really wish we were able to rate albums below a 1.0 for special cases like this

Hulk42959
July 2nd 2017


3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not anything that special,but well done music here great riffs great vocals,every song is quite fun and gets you headbanging to death this won't be for everyone but if you like bad omens then you may like this.on a critical way its a 3.5/5 but for me a 4/5 just for how fun i had with it

ohtheurgency
July 2nd 2017


104 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I'll listen to this later, but what are some good/decent metalcore albums that came out this and last year? Besides Everything Was Sound,Laugh Tracks, and Stillworld I couldn't find a fun -core album in a while.

ianblxdsoe
July 3rd 2017


1406 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

idk but the new Wage War tracks and Counterparts track are the only things i've enjoyed from that side of core recently

ohtheurgency
July 3rd 2017


104 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Yeah, I dig the Counterparts song and I can't really get into Wage War. Great band but not really standing out. Anyways, I listened to the singles and a few other songs and the album is bland. The only good thing about this album would be the guitar tones.



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