The Word Alive
Deceiver


3.0
good

Review

by J. Ponton EMERITUS
September 1st, 2010 | 172 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Mid-grade post-hardcore featuring Tyler Smith

So it’s in listening to Deceiver that we find a band in The Word Alive that’s 100% on the fence, fearfully and resiliently tilting about to and fro between the dour depths of the core-transparent scene-kiddies, stereotyped as derivative of themselves and their scene – forever and ever, amen - and the arena of the god-like post-hardcore gods of Glassjaw and Drive Like Jehu-likened fame: these guys are so middle-of-the-road that we fear they may get ran over by the scene-traffic hype very, very soon.

It is in The Word Alive’s niche that they persist and remain nothing short of solid and well-equipped for a better future for themselves with stronger releases, however. Biography after biography state that a turning point came for the post-hardcore band once Tyler Smith joined their ranks – and for the hyperbole surrounding the singer’s inclusion, he is indeed apt not to suck in his role on Deceiver. Yes, if this is the direction in which the band have turned just because of the inclusion ex-In Fear and Faith vocalist, well, fine, so be it. They should at the very least be commended for such an achievement of mid-grade craft on their full-length debut, seeming working against the very laws of post-hardcore nature to obtain it.

Smith’s screams neither grate on our ears nor repulse during a guitar breakdown to compound the pain of the moment, and his cleans are also faithfully “scene” and nasally to a T. Yet we return for a later day to find the choruses of gang vocal-assisted “The Wretched” and finale “We Know Who You Are” favorably more melodic as if by magic, both songs then being choice picking for a bro-down during a distortion breakdown of pounding amps and vibrating guitars at concerts, or preferably in our own mothers’ living rooms. There are plenty of these recall-situated melodies in Deceiver, yes, but an album by Emmure and the likened scene garbage this is not. Hip, Hip, Hurray.

We find in The Word Alive’s guitarists, Zack Hansen and Tony Pizzuti, some boys who can actually play their guitars, and forget not that they are indeed in a scene-ish band – let that sit for a second before you read on: awesome, I know. But had it not been for this band’s keyboardist, Dusty Riach, then Deceiver would have garnered an excellent rating for itself. The keyboard effects suck so much dirt that they sound as if plethoras of neoplasm are creeping into our ears to end our post-hardcore lives early on with terminal brain cancer. “Like Father Like Son” is the poster-child for this side of the band’s shit, and it is excruciatingly painful, both in its implementation of piss-poor breakdowns and these God-forsaken keyboard effects. Rubbish, read: please avoid.

Mid-grade post-hardcore is a rarity these days, as it's usually awesome, or it usually sucks, especially coming from a laugh-out-loud record label like Fearless Records. But we have it right here all the same: Deceiver. In it The Word Alive have proved that their renaissance via a mediocre vocalist inclusion has indeed come as a turning point for their career, yet it must not stop here for the band. They should be swift to move on and remove Riach from their band roster as soon as possible, so that they may become the next scene revolutionaries that the other reviews for this album have told us that they really are, not merely a mid-grade band making C+ material. After all, The Word Alive do have vocalist Tyler Smith (!): by default, the next album can’t be anything less than fantastic. Keep up the good work, guys. We believe in you.



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theacademy
Staff Reviewer
September 2nd 2010


28639 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off


So it’s in listening to Deceiver that we find a band in The Word Alive that’s 100% on the fence – fearfully and resiliently tilting about to and fro between the dour depths of the core-transparent scene-kiddies, stereotyped as derivative of themselves and their scene – forever and ever, amen - and the arena of the god-like post-hardcore gods of Glass Jaw and Drive Like Jehu-likened fame: these guys are so middle-of-the-road that we fear they may get ran over by the scene-traffic hype very, very soon.


so................................... this is one sentence.

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RosaParks
September 2nd 2010


14924 Comments


Tyler Smith is such an excellent vocalist

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
September 2nd 2010


28639 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

review might be on point but it's not all that well-written. many negs will be written-off as trollage, but not mine...

fromtheinside
September 2nd 2010


18717 Comments


Emure

Emmure.

other than that, thank you mr. ponton this was so sorely needed it's a joke.

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
September 2nd 2010


31353 Comments


Doesn't really read like a 3 to me Jared, but a great read none the less. Posing to counter attack the fanboy negs

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theacademy
Staff Reviewer
September 2nd 2010


28639 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

wtf is all this scene-talk?

wtf is scene this is r-tarded.

Gyromania
September 2nd 2010


15941 Comments


What Deviant said^ pos

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Zip
September 2nd 2010


5312 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

A 1, really?

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
September 2nd 2010


31353 Comments


For real

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
September 2nd 2010


28639 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

lol this sorta reads like a bitchfork review

Ponton
Emeritus
September 2nd 2010


5803 Comments


good album

i know theacademy, but it is a grammatically correct sentence

ebay
September 2nd 2010


501 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well-written review, this is definitely higher than a 3 for me tho.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
September 2nd 2010


28639 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

how many breaths do you have to take when you try to read it out loud?

Bitchfork
September 2nd 2010


7584 Comments


"Glass Jaw"
srs brah?

bailar12
September 2nd 2010


1766 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol academy can only review in spanish

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
September 2nd 2010


28639 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

this academy only knows spanish

bailar12
September 2nd 2010


1766 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pero claro que si

Bitchfork
September 2nd 2010


7584 Comments


"lol this sorta reads like a bitchfork review"
I use the two breath per long sentence - half breath for a short one rule.

bailar12
September 2nd 2010


1766 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lo que le dije ayer. Solo español tenedor de perra.

Bitchfork
September 2nd 2010


7584 Comments


Parlevous francais? Non? Tsk.



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