The Word Alive - Deceiver

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Metalcore, Post-hardcore, Screamo
Fearless Records
The Word Alive
Deceiver
The Word Alive - Deceiver Review rating:
3.5
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Average: 4.3 (8 votes)

The situations leading to The Word Alive’s current position has been fraught with drama. Originally founded as Craig Mabbit’s post-Blessthefall pet project, the then-fledgeling band caused the scene blogosphere to explode when they kicked him out when his busy schedule with Escape The Fate kept them from touring (which, considering his recent output with Escape The Fate, could only have been a good thing) and brought on former In Fear And Faith vocalist Tyler Smith, and the spotlight on them only grew when it was announced that they had signed with Blessthefall's label, Fearless. Fast forward a year and a half and one six song EP, The Word Alive are releasing their debut full-length, Deceiver, an extremely technical ten-track collection of demonic screams and soaring clean vocals, chugging breakdowns and head-spinning solos, dissonance and melody.

The record begins with the full-metal onslaught of “The Hounds Of Anubis.” Guitarist Zach Hansen’s punishing breakdowns, Smith’s howls and drummer Justin Salinas’s pounding are rounded out by Tony Pizzuti’s head-spinning guitar solos and Telle's soaring clean vocals, resulting in a track that sets a high standard for the rest of the album. The album continues by launching right into “Epiphany,” a track that builds upon the momentum that “The Hounds of Anubis” has set into motion by providing even more head spinning shredding. Yet, the song’s highlight comes in keyboardist Dusty Riach’s short, but almost orchestral, synth interlude before the song’s final seconds. “The Wretched” and “Consider It Mutual” manage to place more emphasis on the melody added by Telle's clean vocals while still providing some of the album’s heaviest moments. However, none of the album’s songs compare to “2012,” an absolutely brilliant 3 minute behemoth filled with machine gun drum hits and a breakdown laced with a synth line. “Dream Catcher” almost sounds like an experimental Underoath track. “Like Father Like Son” and “Battle Royale” are two fast-paced tracks that perfectly balance Telle's Jekyll-And-Hyde-esque soaring vocals and demonic shrieks, while “You’re All I See” shows that the band can step out of their mold and pull of a slower track without missing a beat. The record concludes with what is undoubtedly the album’s heaviest, poppiest, and softest track, “We Know Who You Are.”

Overall, Deceiver is an excellent record. The only potential fault in the record is that it does little to break out of the scene mold set forth by bands like The Devil Wears Prada. While fans of this genre will no doubt feast upon this record with joy, there is little to appeal to an outsider listening in. Nonetheless, if there is any justice in the world, The Word Alive will be living for many years to come.

1. The Hounds Of Anubis
2. Epiphany
3. The Wretched
4. Consider It Mutual
5. 2012
6. Dream Catcher
7. Like Father Like Son
8. Battle Royale
9. You're All I See
10. We Know Who You Are

The Word Alive is a six-piece post-hardcore band from Phoenix, Arizona, United States. This band is formerly Calling of Syrens. In March 2009, they signed to Fearless Records and released a 6 song EP on July 21st. The Word Alive released their debut full length album on August 31, 2010.

Discography:

1. Empire (2009, EP).
2. Deceiver (August 31, 2010).

The band consists of:

Tyler smith (Vocals)
Zack Hansen (Guitar)
tony pizzuti (Guitar)
Justin Salinas (Drums)
Nick Urlacher (Bass)
Dusty Riach (Keys/Synth).

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