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Hailing from Bergen, Norway, Sworn embodies the soul of melodic black metal, channeling an emotive aura intertwined with fierce energy. Their music resonates with fans of atmosphere, emotion and aggression, drawing in both the seasoned devotee and the curious seeker.
Formed as a one-man project back in 2005, Sworn's journey took flight. Drawing inspiration from '90s black metal luminaries and extreme metal in general, they painted their sound with melancholic melodies and a touch of raw power. By 2007, Sworn expanded into a full-fledged band, and their debut album "The Alleviation" emerged, capturing their early aspirations.
Things truly ignited after this release, paving the way for Sworn to share stages with the likes of Behemoth, Aborted, and Helrunar during their 2007 Germany tour. The festival circuit embraced them too, from the vastness of Summer Breeze to captivating gatherings such as Ragnarök and Ultima Ratio.
In 2009, Sworn continued to blaze their path with the release of "Bastards and Conquerors," an album that showcased their evolving musical identity. The release of this album came shortly after the band's successful festival activities, solidifying their presence in the metal scene.
A brief hiatus from 2011 to 2016 didn't dim their spirit. An unexpected twist led to the release of the EP "Doomlights," offering a glimpse into the creative fire within. 2016 marked Sworn's triumphant resurgence, as they channeled their determination into their third album "Dark Stars and Eternity," released in 2018. A headlining show in Trondheim solidified their stage prowess, even though subsequent concert plans met the pandemic's unfortunate interruption.
The pandemic-induced pause, though, didn't stifle their creative drive. From the depths of uncertainty emerged "A Journey told through Fire" in 2023, showcasing a darker and more intense facet of Sworn's musical tapestry. Marking a remarkable zenith in their artistic journey, the album garnered resounding acclaim for its unfiltered emotion, coupled with an unwavering commitment to craftsmanship, inviting listeners on a captivating journey through a collection of tracks that blaze with intensity from start to finish.
Renowned for their live performances, Sworn has a reputation for being a tight-knit and captivating act. Their music speaks not only to the ardent devotees of black metal but also to those willing to immerse themselves in an emotive voyage painted with powerful melodies.
For those captivated by the emotional subtleties of black metal, and for those with a curiosity to venture into unexplored territories, Sworn embodies the core of melodic black metal, a sonic journey into a realm where atmosphere and intensity converge.
Tom Ian Klungland
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