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Album Review

Heavier and darker than 2010's well-received Deceiver, the 13-track Life Cycles is the first release from Phoenix, Arizona-based metalcore outfit the Word Alive to not feature keyboardist Dusty Riach, who left the group in early 2012 along with drummer Justin Salinas. Technical, relentless, and littered with nasty riffs and explosive breakdowns, Life Cycles avoids the dreaded sophomore slump by being bigger and bolder than its predecessor, and offering a diverse set of songs with highlights coming from "For Your Health," "Evolution," "Wishmaster," the anthemic title cut, and the dense and atmospheric "Dragon Spell."

Customer Reviews

TWA is Back!

This album 1-ups Deceiver, their previous album, is just about every way. And Deceiver was an awesome album.
This new stuff is super technical, the vocals have been stepped up yet again, as Telle is a beast. Zack and Tony shred on guitar, of course. I love the bass mix on this album too, the bass line sticks out a lot in a few songs and I think that's a really cool change.

Also, the bonus track on iTunes is really sweet. So buy it here!


I was awaiting this album forever and it's definitely is AMAZING! All songs sound different and with them experimenting it still sounds awesome! I would definitely recommend this album to others who love The Word Alive!!


Such a great record. Big step up from deceiver which was already an awesome album!


Formed: 2008 in Phoenix, AZ

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Formed in 2008, the Word Alive are a metalcore band based out of Phoenix, Arizona. Originally founded by singer Craig Mabbitt and guitarists Zack Hansen and Tony Pizzuti, the band served as a side project for Mabbitt, who joined Escape the Fate around the same time. Filling out their membership with bassist Nick Urlacher, drummer Tony Aguilera, and keyboardist Dusty Riach, the band began to develop a sound, though their progress was stunted by Mabbitt's rigorous touring schedule, causing the band...
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