Chicago metal band Sworn In hasn't always had it easy with trying to make their way on the music scene and their original guitarist quitting the band just months prior to their first full length release, but with their studio album “The Death Card” now out and being signed to a new record label things are starting to look up for the quintet. Even though it dabbles in dark subjects like death, bad luck, and insanity, the record shows an ambitious band who is ready to take over the world. The band talks about the dark themes of the album, the beginnings of the band, and why they seemed to be obsessed with the number 13.
You previously released a couple EPs before getting signed to Razor & Tie and now you're releasing a full length album. Was the experience in the studio different for these two releases?
Yes, it was incredibly different. Prior to recording this full length every recording experience we had was with close friends in their houses. This one we traveled to Nashville and stayed there for a few weeks and we were just way more professional about it.
Did you feel any pressure or were you guys nervous when it came to recording the full length album?
Yes, every day was incredibly stressful and pressed for time.
Speaking in terms of sound, is there anything different between your previous releases and the new album?
Pretty much everything is different. Aside from the audio quality it just has an all around darker tone to it musically; it sounds evil.
What are some of the themes of this new album?
Death, Insanity, and losing your senses.
When it comes to songwriting, where do you find inspiration?
[We] find inspiration from experiences that happen to [us], writing about things that [we] haven’t directly experienced just seems so fake. Nobody can relate to that.
You recently wrapped up a tour with For the Fallen Dreams. How was that? What was life on the road like?
It was amazing. They became some close friends of ours, and life on the road is our favorite thing. If [we] could [we'd] be on tour 365 days of the year.
You're still a pretty new band on the metal scene. Can you tell me a bit about how and when the band started?
About 2 years ago is when Sworn In was created. Prior to that Chris and Eugene were in bands together. [We] just finally found a name and style of music that worked for us.
The roman numeral XIII is on a lot of your merchandise and it's even the opening track on your album. What's the symbolization behind that number and how does it tie in with the album?
XIII is unlucky, and that's how we are. As a group of people we are pretty f***ing unlucky and bad things happen to us often. XIII is also the number on the flag that is displayed in the actual death card, so it kind of represents “The Death Card.”
Though the band may get lumped into the Metal genre, when I hear the music I hear different elements from various genres. Who would you say are some of your influences?
Our influences kinda vary. Klaus Nomi is a big inspiration, as well as Meshuggah, Slipknot, and Korn. Also, a lot more music from other genres like Thrice and even Bring Me The Horizon.
What can your fans expect from this album that they may not have heard before?
Way more choruses. Way more evil sounding. It wont make you feel “pissed” anymore; it’ll make you feel insane.
You guys are currently filming your new music video? How is that going and is this your first music video?
We’re done now, but it was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had. Its going to be an amazing video.
What's in store for Sworn In's future?
World take over, mother f***ers.
“The Death Card” is out now. Make sure to get your copy from one of many bundles available. Recently, the band released the music video for their latest single “Snake Eyes.” To keep up with what the guys are up to next, make sure to visit their website. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.