The Word Alive
Empire


3.5
great

Review

by ANewTypeOfPunk USER (11 Reviews)
August 29th, 2010 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Word Alive skilfully craft an album that is both catchy while also retaining originality.

The Word Alive have been around for a few years now, first created in 2006 by original vocalist Craig Mabbit (ex blessthefall, current Escape The Fate) they've decided to craft an album that not only has a lot of catchy melodies and choruses, but also a lot of creativity, something hard-pressed to find in the genre. That doesn't mean that they are completely devoid of error. While creating interesting breakdowns in most songs, if in fact all, they do have more than 1 breakdown per son. Although this is quite common with... er "scene" bands as we've labeled the bread, The Word Alive still manage to make the experience enjoyable, or at least tolerable.

But do not let this stray you from checking this debut full length out, it's a contestant shoo-in for album of the year, of the post-hardcore/metalcore genre of course.

The synths are probably the most interesting thing about this band, used effectively during their actual riffage or even being the riff itself. Take the song 2012, listen to 0:42, and prepare for eargasm. This also will show you a prime example of they type of breakdowns in this album. While forgivably their are an excess amount of breakdowns on this album, they're at least interesting and original.

The bassist is pretty standard, at times showing skill but mostly it's played safe.

The vocals are the shining point, Tyler "Telle" Smith knows how to sing, and with his bassist backing him up with dual screams, it's pretty crazy, in a good way.

Guitars are great, sweeps are a normal occurrence but without getting tiring or irritating. Either that or riffing along with choruses and blasting with breakdowns. Sometimes even barely there with the slow softer parts of the album.

The drums are above average but not amazing. He knows how to play an interesting beat while keeping it diverse and original. But nothing absolutely screams complicated, just fresh, which is welcome to a regular of the genre.

This 6-piece has potential, but it's just fair to say that they aren't there yet. If they keep up release like this though, and stray from the normal path of a popular post-hardcore/metalcore band, they will definitely get there.




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user ratings (429)
3.5
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other reviews of this album
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  • IllPromiseYouThat (4.5)
    Although The Word Alive are building an empire in an overcrowded genre of uninspired and b...

    asm1041 (4)
    Shedding the last remains of Craig Mabbitt, Telle Smith takes helm of The Word Alive and h...

    EliteCombine (4)
    The Word is Alive!...

    sdoughertyYDG (4.5)
    Leaves the listener begging for more....

  • xXNathanXx (4.5)
    Overall the EP was awesomely done. And I can't wait for their new album "Deceiver". Altho...

    Apotheosis9 (3.5)
    The World Alive bring the best of their influences out in their sound, but unfortunately s...

    TheFatRapper (4.5)
    A great fast paced EP that doesn't disappoint...


Comments:Add a Comment 
ANewTypeOfPunk
August 29th 2010


736 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I screwed up and put it under empire so I tried to change the pic and all the info in edit and it did this... sorry guys. I'm still learning. I can't figure how to delete so I'm going to repost and hopefully admin will delete this.



Again sorry guys!

ANewTypeOfPunk
August 29th 2010


736 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well it wouldn't let me repost under the actual deceiver, so yeah. Idk what to do

bailar12
August 29th 2010


1766 Comments


[img]http://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/image.php?u=423848&dateline=1283068831[/img]

why?

ANewTypeOfPunk
August 29th 2010


736 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

why not ;)

bailar12
August 29th 2010


1766 Comments


you know i really dont have any real reasons against it

carry on

endorphin
August 29th 2010


188 Comments


Listening to it now, finally!

climactic
August 29th 2010


22516 Comments


I don't get it. What is this a review for

IllPromiseYouThat
August 29th 2010


427 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

please take this down its not under deceiver and its not a very good review. take some more time to make it a better review and post it under deceiver.

ANewTypeOfPunk
August 29th 2010


736 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I can't take it down I tried. Whatever I'm sure the admit will remove it soon. Fuck writing for this site though no one has constructive criticism, they just say "terrible review" or "bad review" thanks guys.



assholes.

dixoncocks
August 29th 2010


3227 Comments


Intro wasn't bad but you kinda went into specific details about the album, while not talking about it in the rest of your review. A sentence or two about each instrument for your body doesn't cut it, especially for an album as good as this one.
hope that helped a lil bit

ANewTypeOfPunk
August 29th 2010


736 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thank you! Yeah I felt my intro was decent but fell apart further along, oh well, I'm not a fan of this band but now that I've heard this album I for sure am. The word alive are sick

IllPromiseYouThat
August 30th 2010


427 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

here haha you look to have the opposite issue as me. you do not write enough and point out too specific of things such as the :42 second part that gives you an... eargasm. also be more professional with your word choice and grammar I need to as well work on my grammar. I just wrote a review on Deceiver if you want to read it... but i'm warning you now that its a monster. Sorry for the lack of constructive criticism on my last comment.

ANewTypeOfPunk
September 4th 2010


736 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

no problem dude

eternium
September 4th 2010


16358 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Should I 1 this?

IllPromiseYouThat
September 4th 2010


427 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^ Read my review or another if you want to decide eternium. This review was written about deceiver but was put under the wrong album.

bailar12
September 4th 2010


1766 Comments


dont really so how this is anything above a 3.5 tbh senor illpromiseyouthat

IllPromiseYouThat
September 4th 2010


427 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thats okay bailar I see where your coming from. Its just what I'm in to. Inviting Eyes is the only complete filler song here but I love the rest.

PinkBlackberry
September 4th 2010


2346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

labeled the bread



is it multigrain? 12 grain? White?, I'm confused.

IllPromiseYouThat
September 4th 2010


427 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

definatlely 12 grain if you ask me.



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