Sworn Enemy

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Sworn Enemy
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Sworn Enemy performing at Yesterday's Draught House & Stage in Wheeling WV, April 2008
Background information
Origin Queens, New York, United States
Genres Hardcore punk
Crossover Thrash
Thrash metal
Metalcore
Years active 1997–present
Labels Victory Records
Stillborn Records
Abacus Records
Century Media
Associated acts Suicide City
Website swornenemymusic.com
Members Sal Lococo
Matt Garzilli
Mike Puch
Jeff Cummings
Danny Lamagna
Past members Lorenzo Antonucci
Mike Raffinello
Mike Couls
Shawn "Tootsie" Cox
Edward Kilpatrick
Mike Palmer
Jimmy Sagos
Paul Antignai
Jerad "JRad" Buckwalter
Timmy Mycek
Paul Wallmaker
Zoli

Sworn Enemy is a hardcore band from New York City.

Biography[edit]

The band formed as "Downfall" and later on as "Mindset", a product of the extremely expansive and influential New York Hardcore scene. At its original inception the band centered around founding members: vocalist Sal Lococo, lead guitarist Lorenzo Antonucci, 2nd guitarist Mike Raffinello, bass player Mike Palmer and drummer Zoli.[citation needed]

The band's early output as Mindset was limited to a demo, an appearance on the New Found Hope II - The First Amendment compilation CD, and a 3 song 7 inch named State Of Mind.

Soon after the State Of Mind release, another band named Mindset appeared on the underground metal scene, having existed as Mindset before the Queens Mindset. Therefore, Sal and crew changed their name to Sworn Enemy.

The band continued to play shows and garner attention in the scene. In 2001 the band released Negative Outlook on Jamey Jasta's Stillborn Records. The record was a mix of old school hardcore punk and new school breakdowns, and it quickly gained the band attention in the entire hardcore scene. Soon after came Integrity Defines Strength, the title being a play on the I.D.S. crew that Sworn Enemy claimed loyalty to. It contained 3 new songs and a live set at CBGB.

Sworn Enemy's signed a release deal with Elektra Records in 2003. The result was As Real As It Gets. The band changed their style as the CD featured a large thrash metal influence, as well as abrasive, near-black metal. The new style and worldwide distribution led to tours with bands such as Anthrax as well as a stint on Ozzfest that year.

The Beginning Of The End was released on Abacus Records, a division of Century Media focusing on underground metal and hardcore inspired bands. The new record displayed more thrash influence, and was immediately followed with a national tour with Six Feet Under. They have also toured with Dying Fetus and Hatebreed.

In 2007, they were on the Trendkill Tour alongside Kataklysm, As Blood Runs Black, Too Pure To Die, and Suicide Silence.

They were asked by long time friends, Earth Crisis, to be a part of their reunion tour.

On March 29, 2008 the music video for the first single debuted on MTV2's Headbanger's Ball. The video for "A Place of Solace" from the Maniacal CD was directed and shot by David Brodsky and edited by Allison Woest.

A new record Total World Domination will be released June 16 in US and June 22 in Europe via Century Media records. The record will be once again produced by Tim Lambesis from As I Lay Dying. Lorenzo Antonucci (guitars, vocals) further comments: “I'm very excited about this album and its writing process was better than ever. I've been a part of all the writing for every record and I feel this is our best foundation yet. We took it back to As Real As It Gets with a little of Beginning of the End and Maniacal in it. The sound is way faster and more pissed off than ever, harder than ever and a lot more ignorant. It was also fun working with Tim again. This also marks our first recording with Sid (bass) and JRad (drums), so we are all very excited about that. We couldn’t be more proud of this effort and prepare to have your faces melted!”

Discography[edit]

As Mindset Released Record label
Demo 1998
State Of Mind 7" 1998 Back ta Basics
New Found Hope II - The First Amendment (compilation appearance) 1997
As Sworn Enemy
Negative Outlook 2001 Stillborn Records
Integrity Defines Strength 2002 Stillborn Records
As Real as It Gets 2003 Elektra/Stillborn Records
Internet Promo 2005 (two new demo mp3s spread by lead singer Sal Lococo through the East Coast Hardcore Messageboard)
The Beginning of the End 2006 Abacus Records
Maniacal 2008 Century Media
Total World Domination 2009 Regain Records
Living on Borrowed Time[1][2] 2014

Members[edit]

Current members[when?]

  • Sal Lococo - vocals
  • Matt Garzilli - guitar
  • Mike Puch - bass guitar
  • Jeff Cummings - guitar
  • Taykwuan Jackson - drums

Former members

  • Guitar
    • Lorenzo Antonucci
    • Mike Raffinello
    • Jamin Hunt
  • Bass guitar
    • Anthony Paganini
    • Mike Couls
    • Shawn "Tootsie" Cox
    • Edward Kilpatrick
    • Mike Palmer
    • Jimmy Sagos
    • Sid Awesome
  • Drums
    • Paul Antignani
    • Jerad "JRad" Buckwalter
    • Timmy Mycek
    • Paul Wallmaker
    • Zoli
    • Danny Lamagna

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