of the Unknown
Beginning of the End
Sal LoCoco - vocals
Paul Antignani - drums
Lorenzo Antonucci - guitar
Jamin Hunt - bass
"The Beginning of the End" sworn
European release date: may 2nd 2006
Produced by Tim Lambesis (frontman for As I LayDying), and mixed by Zeus (Hatebreed, Madball, God Forbid, The Red Chord, Shadows Fall)
saw this band a few years ago when they opened up with Fear Factory with
Walls Of Jericho. My first impression of this band was that they’re
another hardcore group from New York City. Lots of yelling and screaming
with hard-as-can- get guitars and fast monotonous drumming. Just by
their attitudes, anyone could tell they were from New York, that
and the accents gave them away. But, this CD was different from the last
one I had purchased when they were on Elektra records. “As Real As It
Gets” was a true to form hardcore album, “The
Beginning Of The End” is not a hardcore album, but it still has some
elements of it. What I am trying to say is that Sworn Enemy is more of a
metal band now than a hardcore band. Some may ask, “What is the
difference?” Metal bands tend to be more dynamic with their music as
opposed to just straight full on aggression with angry-one dimensional
vocals. Sworn Enemy have appeared to broaden their horizons.
At first glance, the band sounds different. It seems that the band has learned the art of adding more than 3 guitar tracks to their overall mix. And the kick drum is triggered to sound more like a metal band than a hardcore band on the first track called, “Forgotten.” The funny part is, the singer reminds me of Billy Graziadei from Biohazard and that got my attention because not a whole lot of people can sound like him. To be honest, I think the song might be a little too intense to start off an album with or a concert for that matter. Although, I never thought I’d ever write that, but it’s true. The whole song started out hardcore until the first post-chorus and the song went into a different direction and the guitar player was playing some harmony parts, which sounded really cool. Towards the end of the song, the guitar player just let loose and played this awesome solo which demonstrated to me the flexibility of this band.
instance where the band has made a successful crossover is in the next
track, “Scared Of The Unknown.” The guitar player, during the
chorus, plays a galloping guitar riff along with the drummer, which is
very uncommon for hardcore band. However, there are other parts
of the song which are very hardcore, like the post chorus at the end,
the guitar player has a lot of rests and the drummer basically hits his
18” crash cymbal and lets the rest of the notes hang in the balance.
The lyrics to this song aren’t actually too bad. Most people could
understand them and possibly relate to them.
One of the songs I didn’t really care for was the song, “We Hate.” The song talks about hating someone’s music or the way they sound or hating someone in general. I am not sure if they are trying to be funny or proving a point but if they are serious, I can’t take this band too seriously. I hate light music, everyone knows it but I am not going to write a song about how I wish the genre was never formed. Just my opinion. The song is a little too hateful for me, it’s aggressive. It’s heavy as hell but very hard-corish to me and I think the band took a step backwards in this song.
the next song, “No Second Chances”
is even more aggressive and sounds more like a hard-core song with
guitar harmonic effects. I would say this song is
great if the listener is very pissed off other than that, I think the
song doesn’t add anything to society.
thought the mix was a little dry. The mix was very guitar driven with
emphasis on the 18” crash that is played as often or more than the
hi-hat for the rhythm part of the drumming. To me, this is too
dominating. The drummer is good, don’t get me wrong but he hardly ever
uses toms at all for fills. The bass is
non-existent in the mix unless everyone stops playing. The
singing is mic’d and recorded with perfection, but is terribly one
dimensional. The voice sounds good but…without range there isn’t
much I can say. The quality of the recording is fine, jus the bass needs
to have some more presence.
I thought it was better than there last CD and the band would be great
to see live but other than that, it wasn’t bad by any means but it
wasn’t spectacular either.
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