Sworn In – The Death Card
Record Label: Razor & Tie
Release Date: August 20 2013
As someone who’s into a lot of “softer” music, such as pop, pop-rock, alternative rock, and a few others, it’s hard for me to get into “heavier” music. It’s not that I can’t, but I’m rather selective with what I enjoy. I’ll give almost anything a try, but I mean that I’m selective in terms of my favorites. I still enjoy “heavier” music from time to time, and one band that always really interested me was IL melodic hardcore band Sworn In. They’ve released a couple EPs and a couple singles from debut record The Death Card. The only song I knew from this record was sixth track “A Song for the Nameless,” and it was a song I could totally get into. It was heavy, aggressive, ruthless, and just an enjoyable track all around. Needless to say, I was excited for The Death Card. After it hearing it, however, I was ultimately disappointed. Well, it’s not a bad record, it’s just not that great. It’s a record that falls right in the middle for me. It’s not great, but not horrible, either. If you’re into melodic hardcore, deathcore, or genres like that, this most likely will please you. I didn’t think I was going to be listening to the Mozart of melodic hardcore or anything when I picked this record up, but I was rather excited. I’m not totally bummed out that I really didn’t enjoy as much as I thought I would, because there are some really awesome songs on here, but there are others that just really don’t do anything for me. They’re not necessarily bad, but are boring, or just don’t elicit any reaction at all. That’s how most bands like this are for me. They’re either rather boring or they don’t do anything for me at all, since that’s not my personal taste anymore. This is one record where I just don’t have a lot to say about it, because there’s not much to it.
The record starts off with a rather generic minute long intro entitled “XIII,” and it just builds up second track “Hypocrisy,” which is actually one of the highlights of the record, along with being the longest track on the record. In fact, if you listen to this song, and just this song, you can get a feel for the album – it’s angry, aggressive, and quite hate melodic hardcore. I’ll admit, I’m not really crazy about these lyrics, even if there were a couple lines here and there throughout the album that I snickered at or thought were enjoyable. A lot of the record is just really hateful lines about someone being screamed, and there’s really no justification behind it. At a few points in the record, though, there are a few more interludes, and those are actually kind of cool. They’re a bit different, and help to break the record apart. There also is a one-two punch after the first interlude, which is fifth track “Senseless.” These two songs are “A Song for the Nameless,” and “Snake Eyes.” Like “Hypocrisy,” these two songs show everything I really enjoy about the band. The latter track also has great instrumentation on the record as well. Sadly, though, those are really the only highlights of the record, because most of it just falls to the wayside for me. There are a couple of interludes, and one of them, ninth track “Mute,” is an instrumental. It’s a really interesting and chilled out track, so it’s a nice contrast from the rest of it. The rest of the record, however, just doesn’t really do much for me. It’s not bad, but as far as “heavy” records go, there isn’t enough to really keep me entertained, since I’ve heard it all before.