As someone who’s seen them evolve musically nearly since their inception, Grayslake, IL metalcore band Sworn In have undergone an interesting progression in sound. Their EP Start/End remains an influential piece of music to be certain, but new album All Smiles (the band’s first for Fearless Records) is also a solid listen. A fair way to describe it might be “emotional metalcore”, which isn’t really far off.
Many fans just can’t seem to let go of the band’s Start/End and/or The Death Card eras, though. But why is that? Drummer Chris George goes relatively in-depth about Sworn In’s evolution, All Smiles, and…Anti-Flag? Indeed. Check out the whole interview below.
6 albums and over a decade into their career, critically acclaimed death metallers Carnifex have certainly outlived most of their peers – both in popularity, longevity, and the fact that they keep improving with age. This culminated in 2016’s Slow Death achieving some of the highest reviews and sales of their career to date.
Considering the band is also slaying crowds all summer on the Vans Warped Tour, it’s safe to say they have achieved a certain measure of popularity, which is always great to see. They deserve it. Even better is the fact that they’ve included their popular cover of Slipknot’s “The Heretic Anthem” on their 6 song setlist all summer. You can check that out below, as well as the aforementioned cover.
Already having earned their stripes on the road supporting some HUGE bands (Enter Shikari, for one), Fearless Records’ The White Noise are fast becoming one of Warped Tour’s must-see bands. Like one concertgoer who attended the first date of Warped relayed to me, “I don’t know how to describe this band, they’re heavier than a rock band but not quite post-hardcore, and they sound huge“. The band’s album, AM/PM, drops this Friday the 23rd.
This album is full of choruses and riffs that should dominate active rock radio upon release, especially the re-recorded version of “Picture Day”, lead single “Bite Marks”, and one of the best song titles you’ll hear all year long in the Jawbreaker-referencing “24 Hour Revenge Therapy”. This is rock and post-hardcore with plenty of bite, but also a melodic/pop tinge to it for new fans to sink their, well, teeth into.
There’s always dozens of choices for fans to check out at Warped Tour – you’ll be kicking yourself if The White Noise isn’t one of them. Every single year, there seems to be one or two bands who end up owning the smallest stages. Silent Planet did it last year, and it’s The White Noise’s time to shine. Sharpen your teeth.
Warped Tour season is upon us, and that means your social media feeds are likely filled with “wow this band KILLED it at Warped Tour this year” statuses, people who think they’ve earned cool points for not attending Warped Tour, and/or 50 of your friends who are also photographing the festival. If you haven’t seen all 3 of these, I’ll be shocked.
Anyhow, while it’s often disappointing that most bands only get to play between 6-9 songs every day, the fact is that it takes an incredible amount of effort for the dozens of bands to play every day and even travel, set up, take down, and do it all over again. Many fans want to know if band ________ is playing song ________, so here’s setlists from Sylar, Sworn In, Creeper, and many more. Thanks to Amped Sound for posting these – go like their FB page as well!