The Word Alive
Life Cycles


2.5
average

Review

by G.M.B. USER (18 Reviews)
July 4th, 2012 | 13 replies | 2,892 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

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

10 of 10 thought this review was well written

There's something undeniably frustrating when a band/artist releases an album like this. The frustrating part isn't that the album is average. It isn't that the album is full of dull chugging, which it most certainly is full of. It isn't even that the album is riddled with painfully generic breakdowns, or that the synths are utilized in a way that's incredibly annoying and overbearing. No, the frustrating part is that The Word Alive can do much, much better, and have proven so. Deceiver had its moments of being subpar, definitely (see the song "2012"), but there were also tracks that were well constructed, with technical riffing, well placed breakdowns and catchy choruses that outweighed all the negative aspects of the album.

Most of that is gone here on Life Cycles. The group's second outing is yet another example of the fabled sophomore slump. The album is chock full of chugs, obnoxious synths and little variation in between tracks. Even the vocals have taken a noticeable decline, as Telle's performance is fairly lackluster and lacks the passion and diversity which he so readily showed on their debut. If that weren't bad enough, the album is long. Over 50 minutes of most metalcore albums can get tiring pretty quick, but the length can be justified if the music is good enough, which is not the case here. Instead, the length becomes yet another flaw, as it just becomes more monotonous with each passing second.

The entire 13 track event just feels lazy and void of any real passion or direction. It's as though they were just going through the motions for this and the result is a disappointing heap of boring music. Of course there's the occasional gem. "Evolution" felt the most Deceiver-esque of them all and was easily the best Life Cycles had to offer, but its inclusion ironically causes even more frustration because it reminds me that they are much better than what they've shown here. Where are the frantic riffs? Where's the wickedly fast drumming? What happened to the passion in Telle's vocals?

Standing on its own, Life Cycles is just another dull metalcore listen with a random enjoyable moment here and there. An album that simply can't break free of the genre's stereotypes, it's inoffensively average. But when compared to its predecessor, one can't help but wonder how a group with so much talent can squander it on such a plain cluster of tracks.



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

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Phase 2 of The Word Alive's Life Cycle....


Comments:Add a Comment 
ILJ
July 4th 2012



6617 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Originally had this at a 3, but after listening again there just isn't much here to enjoy, honestly.

Digging: Mastodon - Once More 'Round the Sun

Devastator
July 4th 2012



2452 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Reads more like a 2 or 1.5. Good review though, pos.

sspedding
July 4th 2012



4751 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

great read. Pos.

Sconza
July 4th 2012



256 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Good review, infinitely better than the other on here.

Shiduba
July 4th 2012



424 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Exactly, this album is very lackluster compared to Deceiver (2012 is also catchy as hell). It's boring and lacks passion and good songs. So disappointing.

sspedding
July 4th 2012



4751 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

i prefer this to Deceiver. They settled on a definite style rather than cutting and pasting technical riffs (which often weren't that great), gimmicky keys with singy clean chorus'. Everything just sounded so out of place on Deceiver.

AskingxMike
July 4th 2012



58 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Pretty sure Vices had more breakdowns than this entire album. lawl.

KSK1
July 4th 2012



4072 Comments


"They settled on a definite style rather than cutting and pasting technical riffs (which often weren't that great), gimmicky keys with singy clean chorus'"

Gotta disagree there. This album is terrible imo because of the awfully cheesy keys and terrible cleans. I preferred the wanking on deceiver.

ILJ
July 4th 2012



6617 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Yeah the keys are probably what put it over the edge for me. They're just too much on this.

Nice dig by the way Sped.

TooLateToGoBack
July 4th 2012



1753 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I have no idea why they didn't include "Smoke Monster" on the actual album. That one song is better than the entire album.

AtBRareform
July 4th 2012



36 Comments


Glad someone wrote an actual review for this, even though I disagree with it. Pos'd.

ImpetuousPursuits
July 5th 2012



2 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

It's definitely a step down from Deceiver, there are only 2 maybe 3 enjoyable tracks here and fuck the synths are so gay. Good review

TheFatRapper
July 6th 2012



10 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Already knew after I heard the first song that this wasn't going to beat Deceiver, still enjoyed it a lot though. Just hoping that they don't end up sounding like Attack Attack! It seems like they're kind of heading in that direction. Good review though.



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