New York Hardcore legends Sworn Enemy have announced the dates of the No Mercy No Surrender Tour 2015. Wretched (VIctory Records), Dark Sermon (Goodfight Music), and Hammer Fight will be joining them on the tour, kicking off April 7th in Charleston, South Carolina and working it’s way throughout the U.S. and wrapping up on May 1st in Providence, Rhode Island. Sworn Enemy will be touring in support of their latest record Living on Borrowed Time (Rock Ridge Music/ADA) which landed on two of Billboard’s top charts including #8 on The Heatseekers Chart and #20 on the Hard Music Chart.
Sworn Enemy, fronted by Sal LoCoco, established itself in 2000 with the release of “Negative Outlook” on Jamey Jasta’s Stillborn Records. The record was a mix of old school hardcore punk and new school breakdowns, and quickly gained the band attention in the underground scene.
2002 marked their next release, “Integrity Defines Strength”, which contained 3 new songs and a live set from the legendary New York venue, CBGB.
In 2003 a release deal with Elektra Records was signed with the result being the break through record “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 vocals. The new style and worldwide distribution led to the spawning of two videos for the songs “As Real As it Gets” and “Sworn Enemy.” The band earned their place on major tours with Sepultura, Anthrax, Soulfly, Biohazard, Fear factory, Six feet under, Hatebreed and many others around the globe including a stint on Ozzfest in 2003.
In early 2005, the LP “The Beginning Of The End” was released on Abacus Records, (Century Media) The new record expanded on the thrash influenced direction the band had been moving toward. During this period the band toured alongside As Blood Runs Black, Too Pure to Die, Suicide Silence and appeared on the highly anticipated Earth Crisis reunion tour. This record also saw the release of two videos in the forms of “Scared of the Unknown” and “All I have.”
2008 marked the band releasing new music once again with the disc entitled “Maniacal.” The disc featured some of the fastest & heaviest material to date. Tracks “Ignorance” and “Destroyer” quickly became staples of the bands live set. March 29, 2008 saw the release of the video “A place of Solace.” (Dir. David Brodsky and edited by Allison Woest)
In 2009, “Total World Domination” was released through Century Media Records. The record was produced by Tim Lambesis from As I Lay Dying. The concept was to fuse the bands previous records into a sound that is way faster, more aggressive and harder than ever.
During the summer of 2010 the band embarked on a headlining tour across Europe along with support slots at multiple festivals. This would be the first Sworn Enemy tour with current drummer Danny Lamagna. Later that autumn, the band with addition of guitar player Jeff Cummings toured the east coast of the United States for what was the last leg of the “Total World Domination Tour.”
After a short hiatus, Sworn Enemy has reformed and once again continues its legacy with the addition of new guitarist Matt Garzilli, and bassist Mike Puccciarelli. With the release of the new album ” Living on Borrowed Time” Sworn Enemy has once again kicked open the door and punched the status quo in the mouth.
Looking forward to hitting the road in April with Wretched, Dark Sermon, & Hammer Fight. Gonna be good times so everyone make sure you get your asses out to the shows. – Sal LoCoco (Sworn Enemy)
No Merch No Surrender Tour 2015 Dates:
April 07 – Charleston, SC @ Upstairs @ Joe’s Pasta
April 08 – Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
April 09 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
April 10 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Boozers
April 11 – McAllen, TX @ Metropolis
April 12 – Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room & Garage
April 15 – Guadalajara, MX @ Calle 2
April 18 – Mexico City, MX @ Circo Volador
April 19 – San Luis Potosí, MX @ Bunker
April 21 – Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
April 22 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Adrenaline
April 23 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Bar Deluxe
April 24 – Colorado Springs, CO @ The Flux Capacitor
April 25 – Hays, KS @ Singers
April 26 – Crest Hill, IL @ Bada Brew
April 27 – Toledo, OH @ Iggy’s
April 28 – Saginaw, MI @ Counter Culture
April 29 – Cleveland, OH @ The Foundry
April 30 – Buffalo, NY @ Broadway Joes
May 01 – Providence, RI @ Firehouse 13
Sal LoCoco – Vocals
Jeff Cummings – Guitar
Matt Garzilli – Guitar
Mike Puch- Bass
Taykwuan Jackson – Drums
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