The Word Alive
Deceiver


5.0
classic

Review

by Chris Richey USER (3 Reviews)
June 3rd, 2011 | 37 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In the dark that is today's metalcore scene, The Word Alive's great debut album shines through it all with its originality, technicality, and brutality. While they certainly did not invent metalcore, they are definitely one of the bands helping to reshape

Most metalcore bands today lack originality and all seem to blend together. But The Word Alive, with their debut album, shows they are certainly a force to be reckoned with. Instead of utilizing mindless chugging and thirty-plus breakdowns in every song, they use complex instrumentals (even the occasional guitar solo) laced with synth parts that work with the music instead of just being a distraction like with most metalcore bands that utilize synthesizers and keyboards. The instrumentals are also fronted by amazing vocals by Tyler "Telle" Smith who can effortlessly switch from brutal harshes to beautiful cleans and back again. All of the members' musical talents really shine, and works together to produce a wonderful sound that will impress even those who have lost all hope in metalcore.

The album begins with the perfect opening track, The Hounds of Anubis. This track impresses from just about every angle, with beautiful, technical rhythms, a great chorus, an intricate solo, and a brutal breakdown. Further into the album, there is another great track, The Wretched, which also demonstrates the great metalcore The Word Alive produces, with more technical instrumentals, a chorus that will leave listeners hungering for more, and includes another fantastic breakdown. Following another track, there is one of the strongest songs on the album: 2012. This track, along with The Hounds of Anubis, truly showcases the great music that The Word Alive can produce. It follows the same basic structure of the aforementioned tracks, but still, like all of the other tracks, is completely different in its own way. This is good, as many metalcore albums today have songs borrowing almost the exact rythym of other songs on said album, which is just another way The Word Alive showcases their originality.

Every song on this album is impressive, and showcases originality and musicality that modern metalcore rarely sees, leaving The Word Alive as one of the most impressive recent metalcore bands to emerge onto the scene. While they may not be the biggest band in metalcore yet, this album certainly displays that they definitely could become as such in the future, with the great promise shown from Deceiver. A band with so much talent is rarely seen, and should not go unnoticed, as they could very well change the more recent metalcore scene for the better.


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  • P.J. Quinones (3.5)
    A new metalcore sextet with flashes of brilliance, The Word Alive (or simply TWA) finds no...

    DropdeadWHA (4)
    The Word Alive shine through in a bleak genre, orchestrating a strong debut effort....

    J. Ponton EMERITUS (3)
    Mid-grade post-hardcore featuring Tyler Smith...

    Brad Acord (5)
    After establishing their Empire, The Word Alive has gone and created a masterpiece of a de...

  • Comatorium. (4.5)
    The Word Alive come into their own with their debut full-length, crafting a release that l...


Comments:Add a Comment 
AfterTheBreakdown
June 3rd 2011


7166 Comments


Try to go into more detail about why its so good.

IAmKickass
June 3rd 2011


840 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I wouldn't say they're the most impressive band, the music wares out pretty quickly and the album doesn't have much of a replay value. On the review, pretty awkward in some spots but not too bad.

SCREAMorphine
June 4th 2011


1761 Comments


The music is all fine I guess, it's just he's vocals that kill it

TheBigRedisPhresh
June 4th 2011


13 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

This is my first review, so I'm just trying to get a feel for it. But I didn't really try to say they were the most impressive band, I said one of the most recent ones. (Not too many great bands have been releasing debut albums in this scene lately.) Not trying to be a jackass or anything, but those have two different meanings.

DinoX
June 4th 2011


3582 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

replay value for this is non existent.

AfterTheBreakdown
June 4th 2011


7166 Comments


I will pos this. Just make sure to get some more details if you decide to write another.

IAmKickass
June 4th 2011


840 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I must have misunderstood man, my fault. Have a pos.

Ire
June 4th 2011


41822 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

CLASSIC

psykonaut
June 4th 2011


3913 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this album will go down in history 6/5
sludgefeast rules fuck yeah

Ire
June 4th 2011


41822 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

omg let's talk about dinosaur jr in this thred

psykonaut
June 4th 2011


3913 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

listening to beyond right now m/

Ire
June 4th 2011


41822 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

can't download for like 2 weeks : (

i only dl'd yr living all over me n i want moar

SeaAnemone
June 4th 2011


20834 Comments


OK so I see this guy posting his first review... it's for The Word Alive... and it's a 5.
No way it's going to be good.


But it is. So nice job dude.
Obviously I disagree with your analysis and think this is one huge pile of shit, but good first review (I mean, if it is your first...).


Remember when Sputnik liked this a lot? lol that was so embarrassing.

Ire
June 4th 2011


41822 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

4.5/5 from whereismymind

xandermander
June 4th 2011


626 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Doesn't a 5 usually have to be genre-bending or revolutionary or something? Even if they do everything well, shouldn't it be a 3.5 or 4.0?

Relinquished
June 4th 2011


25581 Comments


^ logically speaking yeah

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 4th 2011


31493 Comments


There aren't words available that anyone could use to justify this as a 5

Digging: Hyperdub - Hyperdub 10.4

xandermander
June 4th 2011


626 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Hahaha this sounds exactly like every other gimmicky scene metalcore band

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
June 4th 2011


23973 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

No way this is a 5 by any stretch of the imagination, but it's not a 1 either. Still, this was somehow a great review. Well done.

"Remember when Sputnik liked this a lot? lol that was so embarrassing. "

yeah what the fuck was that? the reason I listened to this was because it was #1 on popular albums for a while but then it was lame.....

Digging: Taylor Swift - 1989

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 4th 2011


31493 Comments


No way this is a 5 by any stretch of the imagination, but it's not a 1 either. Still, this was somehow a great review. Well done.


Well apparently.......



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