Showing posts with label Sworn Enemy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sworn Enemy. Show all posts

Monday, June 2, 2014

Music Talk: Exclusive Interview with Sworn Enemy

Sworn Enemy is a hardcore band from the big apple. Recently, I had the opportunity to talk to Sal Lococo, the lead vocalist of the band about the music, Living On Borrowed Time, and Eminem. And here is what he had to say...

(Q) Hello Sal. How are you? Tell me a little more about Sworn Enemy… 

Hi Sarah! I'm doing good how about yourself? Well to be honest their really isn't too much to tell about the band. We play really fast, aggressive, brutal music that you can get a good workout too lol. The band is based out of NY, we've been around for 15 years. Not sure if there is too much to say about us.

(Q) I have to ask, what influenced you to create Sworn Enemy? Tell me a little more about the inspiration behind the band… 

Sworn Enemy wasn't something that was planned, it was more like something that just happened. In the beginning we were more about going to the studio to drink and have fun and one thing lead to another and we are playing shows . People seemed to really dig it, so we kinda rolled with it. Like I said there really wasn't any inspiration behind the band. Maybe 40's of old English and to just have fun was the inspiration behind the band back then, LOL.

(Q) Living On Borrowed Time is an excellent album. How is this album different than the previous albums? 

Thank you! I'm glad you think its an excellent album. The biggest difference in this album from all of the ones in the past is that Lorenzo didn't write the music. Him and I were together for every record except this one. I feel this one will always have a special place for me since most everyone thought the band was done.

(Q) Do you have any plans of touring the United States? 

The touring will start May 17th (Saturday) right after we play Black N Blue bowl. We will head out on a full Canada and US tour with Silence the Messenger.

(Q) Music is all about experimenting. Sometimes it helps to take risks. I have to ask, have you ever considered collaborating with another genre? 

It has crossed my mind but in order for me to try something like that I would truly have to like whatever it is that i will be collaborating on or else it just won't work for me.

(Q) If you could work with any artist or band right now, who would you work with and why? 

If I could work with anyone I would say Eminem. He is at the top of the food chain when it comes to Hip Hop and if I'm gonna work with anybody it has to be the best since I'm such a perfectionist in all that I do. I'm pretty sure he would be the same way.

(Q) For all of those hardcore music fans reading this interview, including your fans, what would you like them to know about Sworn Enemy? What is next for Sworn Enemy? 

Sworn Enemy is here and we ain't going anywhere so go pick up the new record out May 17th on RockRidge records. Thanks for the interview Sarah!
For more information about Sworn Enemy, visit www.swornenemymusic.com today!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Album Reviews: Living On Borrowed Time by Sworn Enemy

Sworn Enemy is a hardcore metal band located in the heart of the big apple. Recently, I had the opportunity to listen to their latest album, Living On Borrowed Time. What did I think?

The first track, Do Or Die is a very uplifting hardcore tune. It is definitely a great way to start the album. I love everything from the actual delivery of this song to the guitar parts to the exciting chorus line - "It's Do Or Die!"

Have you ever heard a song so exciting you start to find yourself head banging? Hard Way is one of those songs. I love this song because it's exhilirating, it's angry, and it's intoxicating.

I am loving the guitar parts in these songs and with Broken Hope the use of heavy riffs continues. The bridge isn't as hardcore as one can expect, but the vocal delivery makes this song come to life. I love the lyrical part in this song.

When I first heard Slipping Away, I was immediately reminded of Disturbed meets Cannibal Corpse. The story in this song is quite moving. Although I am loving the guitar parts, including the riffs, I have to be honest, the beats in this song are what makes this tune exciting.

The excitement continues with No Apologies. I am loving the beats, along with the strong bass line. The lyrical delivery is awesome, but the story itself is something special. This is one of the strongest tunes on the album.

As I continue listening to this album, I am at the sixth track, One Eye Open. This song sends a powerful message. I love how the beginning of the song embraces the use of strings. It's as if it is balancing dark and light. This is one of my favorite songs I have heard yet on the album.

The beginning of this song is so exciting. I cannot stop head banging. Whenever you listen to No Mercy, you cannot help but head bang. The story is incredible and I am loving the vocal delivery, along with the strong chorus long. It is one of the most exciting songs yet on the album. "No Mercy, No Mercy, No Mercy!"

When you think of something you have experienced in life, do you ever forget it? We can try to forget, but I don't think we can. Never Forget is a tune that embraces that concept. The screaming in this song is polished. I am totally loving this tune.

Stand And Deliver is one of those strong uptempo numbers that really embraces the power of anger while delivering it effectively on the listener. This hardcore addition reminds me of Rage Against The Machines meets Faith No More.

Does life change or is it a part of our imagination? We are at track ten. I absolutely love Nothing Changes because the lyrical delivery goes effortlessly with the story line.

The final song, is Rise Above. I am loving the guitar parts immensely in this tune. The chorus line is really strong and I am loving how the beats come out of no where to surprise you.
Living On Borrowed Time by Sworn Enemy was released on Tuesday, May 13th. Would I recommend this album to a friend? Yes, but only if you like hardcore music. If you do not like screamers, you aren't gonna love this album. Would I purchase this album? Absolutely. For more information about Sworn Enemy, please visit www.swornenemymusic.com today.