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Album Review

On Deceiver, their full-length debut, the Word Alive prove themselves to be a bit of an enigma. Balancing a by-the-book blend of metalcore and post-hardcore with dazzling guitar work and experimental synthesizer excursions, the band offers something that manages to squeeze moments of musical derring-do into otherwise boilerplate metalcore. With lots of breakdowns, bass drops, and sung/screamed vocals, Deceiver covers a lot of familiar territory. Where the album gets interesting is in the guitar acrobatics of Tony Pizzuti and Zack Hansen, who like to keep things lightning fast and intricate. “Epiphany” finds Pizzuti and Hansen delivering knotty, “Flight of the Bumblebee”-style riffs, offering up the kind of thrilling guitar work that leaves the listener wondering how long they can keep it up until the whole thing comes off the rails. The Word Alive should also be given some credit for their use of keyboards, with songs like “2012” shifting into dubstep territory at the breakdown, with the synth-bass swelling up until it’s almost overpowering. While excursions like this don’t always work, they certainly help to separate the Word Alive from the legions of bands just ironically shoehorning dance-pop synths into their songs. For anyone looking for metalcore with a couple of surprises here and there, Deceiver should offer a little something new.

Customer Reviews

Amazing.

Although I didn't love this album the first time I listened to it, it really grew on me. "2012" is my favorite track by far. An album you HAVE to buy.

Yesss

This album is heavy. Love the breakdowns. These guys are skilled.

Definition of True Talent

I've listened to The Word Alive since last summer (2010) and they really put the hardcore music in perspective for me. The vocals, the breakdowns, all of guitar work, the snippets of dubstep-- it's absolutely incredible. There are no similar repitition and repeats in their songs and their songs all mean something. They can connect to every individual who listens to them. They are honestly one of the most underated bands that should be up with other talented bands like A Day to Remember, Oceana, Asking Alexandria. They'll always be one of my all time favorites and I recommend to this every hardcore fan out there.

Biography

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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