The Word Alive
Life Cycles


3.5
great

Review

by DropdeadWHA USER (37 Reviews)
July 2nd, 2012 | 36 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Phase 2 of The Word Alive's Life Cycle.

I remember the incident well, as if it was yesterday; they brought him in, without cuffs and they sat him down. I asked, “Your name?” to which he responded, “Code name: Life Cycles.” I shuddered as those two words left his mouth, I quickly spun towards my file cabinet, digging deep into the draw named ‘Fearless Records’. After a moment or two, I found a file for a band called ‘The Word Alive’. In the contents of the folder, was their band history, formation date, a list of major tours they’ve participated in and their debut album ‘Deceiver’. I laid the ’Deceiver’ file out on my desk, and briefly read the contents. After doing so, I slowly looked up and uttered, “So, tell me about….yourself, Life Cycles.” My job at the Elitist police was usually easy, but not today, today was different. Life Cycles began to speak and I began to listen…here is how the event unfolded.

“It was like any other day at my home, the Metalcore household; it was frantic, loud with sometimes melodious overtones but mainly abrasive noises, that are repeated daily…generally nothing all to unusual. Except today, I felt an odd sensation, a sense of composition, thought and effort; indeed there was the fast, chugging motion which I could normally live with, however today there was more than that.” He hesitated, I bluntly groaned “Go on….” thinking that this was nothing more than needless hype, although I couldn’t of been more wrong. “Well, this morning, there was plenty of chugging as I mentioned, but throughout today there was a whiff of technicality around the house, and dare I say, I heard some well placed solos ring under the floorboards, buried beneath the rest of the noise. In between the chugging, the, at times nauseating breakdowns and whiffs of technicality came ambient like sounds, sometimes haunting, sometimes sickening.” I suddenly interrupted, “sickening, what do you mean sickening?”, “Well,” he carried on in a much quieter tone; “At times the ambience can be too sweet sounding, to the point of sickening, yet it fits in at the right moment but more often than not it feels out of place. I’d like to call it electronic ambience, it weaves in and out of the well constructed noise, either purposely being at the forefront of it all or hesitantly waiting behind it all, like a final layer.”

Perplexed, I scratched my head and stated “Please, do go on”, he nodded with a look of joy on his face. “Finally, above it all are the voices, the various voices of which sounds like they are in pain or feeling extreme anger, the anger seems to be in a lower register, like a growl. The growls are very powerful. What sits between is a mid-range, sounding slightly raspy but not strained; the painful sounds are best described as higher registered screams, border lining shrieks.” Again, I sat there stunned by what I was hearing, I cleared my throat and with a sense of relief chuckled “I guess that’s it?” Life Cycles shook his head and mumbled “No, no. There is more”, I nodded as a sign of understanding, he swiftly carried on. “As well as the growls and shrieks there are moments of calm, it’s very clear and tranquil. These clearer voices, which I believe to be singing is much stronger, they have a sense of weight and emotion about them unlike last time. However, when the higher notes appear they can sound too air-filled, or off pitch; but generally speaking the voices have improved!” Life Cycles exclaimed with a sudden surge of happiness, I quickly chimed in “They’re not voices you’re hearing, it’s a voice, mono, as in one person carrying out the vocal duty.” Life Cycles looks shocked, “BU-U-HT LAST TIME…” “Last time was different, which seems the case when compared to the entity before you, known as Deceiver.”

After taking a sip of water, calmly I asked “To wrap this interview up, may I ask whether your listening experience was enjoyable?” Life Cycles looked at me, I could see it in his eyes; he really enjoyed what he heard but he didn’t wish to give it too much praise for logical reasons, I assume. “It was enjoyable, very much so, but for what it’s worth, the time I spent listening was perhaps too long, maybe if they honed their skill into a smaller running time; it would be even better.” I nodded as I finished writing the final sentence in my notes, then I turned back towards the filing cabinet, while I was doing so I dismissed Life Cycles. As I turned back round, expecting to see an empty chair I saw a gun, a handgun to be precise. The barrel was aligned with my forehead, it was Life Cycles. All I remember was five shots being fired and then a sharp pain in the back of my head, as if something blunt had hit me.
The doctor looked at me and said, “By the sounds of it, you’ve had quite the experience today” I responded light-heartedly “Quite an experience indeed.”



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Davidsw (3)
A huge let down, but a decent album in itself....

TheLycan (2.5)
If only there were a 2.75 rating......

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The Word Alive prove yet again why one should always take an explosive debut with a grain of salt....


Comments:Add a Comment 
DropdeadWHA
July 2nd 2012


715 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Album is out in the UK today. Rating is somewhere between 3.5 and 4. But the album feels like a comfortable 3.5 for the moment. Also tried something different for my review, out of my comfort zone a little bit. Any criticism is welcome.

JakeStallion
July 2nd 2012


398 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The review kept me interested, so pos'd. I can't decide how I feel about this album. I THINK I like it, but then I listen to The Hounds of Anubis from Deceiver and I suddenly like this album less.

DropdeadWHA
July 2nd 2012


715 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Thanks, I found this to be much more consistent than Deceiver. I felt that album fell flat in the second half, especially listen after listen. This, I feel is better, just too long.

pmmets07
July 2nd 2012


5928 Comments


it's crazy how forgettable this band has become

JakeStallion
July 2nd 2012


398 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I agree about this being more consistent, but I can't help but feel like they're much more capable than what was displayed on this album.

lucasjcockcroft
July 2nd 2012


3714 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

ew, album sucks

ILJ
July 2nd 2012


6741 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Deceiver shits all over this album. This is just barely a 3.

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DropdeadWHA
July 2nd 2012


715 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Obviously I'd have to respectfully disagree there. Idk what it is other than what was stated, but this album just has a strong vibe about it for me. The clean vocals are a big plus in my book too. Some songs on here are filler, especially approaching the end.

Acanthus
July 2nd 2012


9545 Comments


"it's crazy how forgettable this band has become" [since they dumped their original vocalist from their EP days]

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BurnedBlack606
July 2nd 2012


408 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Deceiver was much better. This album is all chugs and breakdowns, and there's only like 3 or 4 standouts. Very disappointing.

Emim
July 2nd 2012


26675 Comments


i hate these types of reviews

BirthRite
July 2nd 2012


1318 Comments


worst album art of the year

MalleusMaleficarum
July 2nd 2012


14393 Comments


hilarious review

BurnedBlack606
July 2nd 2012


408 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

^^Shit, I actually like the album art lol

ChuckyTruant
July 2nd 2012


15725 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

"it's crazy how forgettable this band has become"

agreed

ConcubinaryCode
July 2nd 2012


2170 Comments


i give this band maybe two more albums before they disband.

BirthRite
July 2nd 2012


1318 Comments


"^^Shit, I actually like the album art lol"

its all good to each his own

AtBRareform
July 2nd 2012


36 Comments


I'd rather think of this album as a step sideways than a step backwards, but I like chuggy breakdowns. Also, the synth parts are fun. Deceiver is better though.

TylerOnFire
July 2nd 2012


318 Comments


creatively uncreative review.

Scoot
July 2nd 2012


17910 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

stupid review and album

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