News•October 2, 2007 4:34 PM ET•3,855 views
Sworn Enemy set to release new album
Official press release: Sworn Enemy have returned with a scathing new assault, "Maniacal," that is unquestionably their most impressive and destructive release yet. Featuring a newly reinvigorated lineup and new home at Century Media Records, this 10-track offering takes the group's sound to new heights, which sees them embracing a thrashier edge and pummeling the listener with unrivaled aggression times reminiscent of thrash titans like Exodus and Testament, as well as early Megadeth and Anthrax. Set for a February 2008 release, "Maniacal" was co-produced by As I Lay Dying vocalist Tim Lambesis and Life of Agony guitarist Joey Z, with Daniel Castleman (Winds Of Plague) handling all mixing duties. The band's dynamic guitar tandem, composed of founding member Lorenzo Antonucci and Jamin Hunt, will definitely catch people's attention with their jaw-dropping dual-guitar shredding, while vocalist Sal LoCoco delivers his most angst ridden performance yet. However, the most notable addition to the fold for this recording has to be the highly acclaimed Jordan Mancino (As I Lay Dying), who plays drums on all of the album's tracks. As a fan and friend of the band, Jordan was excited to be a part of this project and his playing laid down a perfect foundation that took the album to another level. Antonucci further comments: "Our new record is by far our best and thrashiest work yet. These songs are meant to be played live. We're glad things worked out with getting Jordan to play drums on the album, which was huge for us. It was also a blast working with Tim and Joey, as they both had great ideas and brought out the best in us. We can't thank them enough. All of us together created an unbelievable fucking monster. "We are now with the Century Media and very excited about the future of the band, because this label is what we've been missing throughout our career. Now we feel unstoppable, and will keep pounding city by city. We're focused on changing the way people perceived us in the past, and convincing them that Sworn Enemy is a real band with the right attitude. Maniacal is the proof of that." Throw all your preconceived notions out the window, because this is an all new Sworn Enemy, determined to carve out their own unique new path within the metal genre. The group kicks off a European tour with Agnostic Front and Evergreen Terrace next month, which will be followed by the Persistence Tour (featuring Hatebreed, Agnostic Front, Ignite). Look for Sworn Enemy back on tour throughout the U.S. early next year.