From Grayslake, Illinois, Chris George (drums), Tyler Dennen (vocals), Eugene Kamlyuk (guitar/vocals), Zakary Gibson (guitar/vocals), Derek Bolman (bass) are developing a more melodic approach to the music of Sworn In. The new album, created from beloved nursery tales, is not for the faint of heart. While the album features more clean vocals and melodic interludes, it is still heavy enough to make your heart skip a beat.
Music is a balancing act. It is often necessary to make sacrifices and compromises to be successful. Sometimes the sacrifice is substantial, extended time away from home that can leave an artist feeling slightly out of touch with his friends and family. George was very young when he began touring with Sworn In and had to forego many of the normal rites of passage most kids go through. Even now, George has his own home to maintain, but he is rarely there. However, compromise can be an artistic discovery. Each group has its own dynamic, George explains. “There’s more to learn than the music side of it. You’ll meet a lot of musicians, there will be like two perfect guitar players. One of them is all about music theory. He went to college, he doesn’t even have to have college, he just knows the theory side of it. The technical side. Then you’ll meet a guy who says I don’t know shit about rhythms, but for some reason he has a natural ability to shred.” The key to making the best music is blending the strengths of each member. George is attracted to the limitlessness of music. For him, “music can be an individual pursuit and makes no demands, or if you are serious, it can take you as far as you push it.” Music has a unique ability to please everyone in different ways, which is the reason people from all walks of life in numerous countries are listening to Sworn In.
Use what you have wisely. If we consider life as a gift, it becomes our responsibility to make the best of our time. From the song “Lay With Me”, the words declare ”I don’t think I’ve grown/This life’s just a loan”, describing a new outlook. We have been given the life, but remain in charge of our own path, decisions, and actions. It is critical to understand that because we have control, we must strive to evaluate at times and move forward.
Artists are people too. Starting out so young, George came to realize that artists are just like us. During their steady touring schedule, he has had the opportunity to meet many musicians he grew up listening to. George finds a deeper connection with music because he relates to artists that are really just people like you and me. He says, “A lot of people don’t realize there’s that sense of similarity on both sides of the spectrum. People can be quick to judge about that.” Musicians are not objects to be worshipped, they are people who have the same issues as many of us. Even the biggest stars in music may be sitting alone at night, bored, struggling with vehicle breakdowns, bills to pay, or scheduling problems. George hit the nail on the head for me, as I believe that musicians are often affected by the negative and harsh postings on social media.
Listen again. The newest release from Sworn In, The Lovers/The Devil, is different from their previous albums. A multitude of new elements were added throughout and the result is a stunning mix of emotion set to a powerful background of hard driving metal music. It is essential that listeners play through it more than once before forming an opinion. George says, “It replays and you start noticing small things and it’s like a new album sometimes.” Music is like food for the soul and often must be digested to be truly appreciated.
Signed to Razor & Tie Records, Sworn In is currently on tour and will hit your town soon. Their live performance is high energy (get ready to mosh) and filled with emotion. The audience at the Agora Theatre in Cleveland screamed with excitement when they took the stage, jumping before the music started. The future will bring more Sworn In music and touring, so keep watching their FaceBook and Twitter for news.