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It’s The Word Alive’s special mission to fuse metalcore with electronic elements without blunting their aggressive edge. The Arizona band’s third album, REAL, advances their sonic vision thanks to their well-honed songwriting and tightly meshed ensemble playing. Singer Tyler “Telle” Smith proves his mettle on both empowering anthems like “Lighthouse” and snarling workouts like “To Struggle and Claw My Way,” spurred on by Zack Hansen’s molten guitar lines and Luke Holland’s slamming yet supple drumwork. REAL churns and slashes with impressive precision, even as its lyrics offer hope of redemption amid howling chaos.

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Something's missing

Don't get me wrong, this album is awesome, and it has some great songs on it. But there's something that's different with Real and Life Cycles than with Deceiver.

It isn't the quality of writing, or the music, because the talent and creativity is definitely there, as is the general melody; but there's something with every track here that doesn't hold me in as long as songs such as Hounds of Anubis or Like Father Like Son did. It was evident on Life Cycles as well, but I kind of disregarded it because i thought it was just me. But it isnt.

Maybe it's in certain production decisions? For example, sometime shortly after the release of deceiver, Telle's screams started sounding less full, and more airy. But it doesn't sound like a change in anything he's done to them. There also doesn't seem to be as much contrast between volumes and dynamics within each song. Guitar riffs are catchy and impressive, as is the percussive elements, but they don't have the impact that they did in Deceiver.

Is anybody else hearing what I'm hearing?

And another step in the wrong direction.

It's quite obvoius to me that TWA's goal is to continuusly get more and more radio friendly. There is significantly less screaming and other aspects of metalcore in this album. Im not saying it isn't good in its own right. I'm just saying it is a drop from Life Cycles, as Life Cycles was from Deciever. To say the least i was disappointed by this album. Looks like weve lost another once amazing band through mainstreaming (such as Memphis May Fire, Bring Me The Horizon, and Asking Alexadria). I may change y mind about this album, but we shall see.


Broken circuit is a good song and the album is going to be great. Everyone should preorder thisss!


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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