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MetalView: Sworn to the Black

MetalView: Sworn to the Black
by Eve Oberlander


Congratulations to 2016’s MAMA winner, Sworn to the Black, for Best Metal.

I had the chance to attend a Sworn band practice and sit down with the guys and ask some questions after their MAMA win!


MV: How are you feeling right now, considering you just played at the State Theater in front of hundreds of people and then taking home the award for Best Metal?
Kirk: Accomplished and validated. Pelon: Feels good, something we co-created.
Rich: Being only a year in with this band, I’d say great!
Jared: “Delusions of Existence” album is done and next is to move forward.

MV: Where do you draw inspiration from?
Kirk: Life experiences.
Jared: all heavy metal, from hardcore to punk.

MV: When writing songs, how does that work?
SttB: Jared’s ideas, Pelon puts a spin on it, lyrics last and then final arrangement.

MV: Favorite show?
SttB: Our CD release party for “Delusions of Existence” back in November 2015. We sold out our merch.

MV: Give me two words describing your band.
SttB: Originality and Brutality.

MV: What’s your favorite song to play for your audience?
SttB: Blacken My Thoughts and Makeshift Martyr.

MV: New material? Three new songs. Look for an EP mid-2017.

Metal Shows to attend for the month of November:

Longtime promoter Amy Strong with Strong Entertainment is bringing grind core metal band, Thanatology, all the way from Tijuana Mexico, to Ceres The Workshop on November 4th. Featuring local acts Sworn To The Black, Cursed, Accidently Murdered, and Decimate the Opposition. Shows at 7pm; cover is $5.

Sean Anderson and Brett Shurtleff with Asylum Productions is putting on Thankskilling. All proceeds benefit the Wounded Warriors Foundation and Toys for Tots Foundation. All toys will be donated to the local fire departments of Modesto. 17TEN, Niviane, GRYP, Sworn To The Black, and Hand of Fire will be performing. Saturday November 26th, 7pm at The Other Place. Cover is $10 or a new unwrapped toy.

Pammy Von Duke with Pamsterdam Promotionz presents Loser’s Birthday Debauchery! A metal and punk lineup featuring Stab Stab Stab, Broken Trojan, 2016 best punk MAMA Award winner BrokeNoteUnderTone, Chernobog, and Scorptrio. Show starts at 8pm on Saturday November 19th at Modesto’s Spinnaker Lounge. $5 gets you in to party wild style with birthday boys LunchBox and Rick from NBL and the Scorptrio boys!



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