The Word Alive
MONOMANIA


2.0
poor

Review

by industry plant USER (46 Reviews)
February 22nd, 2020 | 81 replies


Release Date: 02/21/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If you're searching for glory, this isn't it

A very large level of scene-core bands, for better or worse, have been trying to "diversify their sound" (read: enter the radio rock abyss) ever since Bring Me The Horizon began reaping the benefits bestowed to them by the success of That's The Spirit five years ago, and The Word Alive is no exception. Initially formed as nothing more than a Blessthefall lite by current Escape the Fate frontman Craig Mabbitt, conflicting schedules caused Craig to be booted out in favor of Telle Smith, and after they exhausted the tiny amount of creativity within them on Deceiver it's more or less been a downhill slope ever since—and Monomania sees them hitting rock bottom.

Monomania eschews any sense of identity in favor of trying its damndest to be a third-rate Starset. Everything that makes up the Starset formula is here: atmospheric electronics/ambience, anthemic choruses, downtuned guitars. But unfortunately, The Word Alive lacks the charm that makes Starset's discography so enjoyable, making the entire album feel exactly like a bunch of teenage emo kids decided to ape their idols for the sake of imitation. The opening title track and "Numb Love (Misery II)" perfectly capture just how badly they wanted the bootlegging to work. Telle's screams have become downright pathetic, no longer holding any of the power it showed glimpses of in past albums, guitarists Zack Hansen and Tony Pizzuti play the same basic chords throughout every song, drummer Matt Horn is using a drum machine instead of actually playing his instrument, and bass is literally non-existent despite the fact that their primary idols at least try with it.

The lyrics have become the ultimate example of "we're not even trying"; all they did was write whatever would get them noticed on the Billboard charts, with the notable exception of Kyle Pavone tribute song "K.F."—and even then they somehow unfortunately manage to warp it into the most generic, bottom-tier radio lyrics possible:

"Wasn’t ready, can you hear me?
Will we ever meet again?
When you left us, had me f**ked up
Can we learn to live with it?
We’re holding on to your memory
Your heart it lives on in our memories"

-"K.F."

There's nothing special about the production, minus the fact that they didn't have to be concerned about drowning the bass out—the band took care of that problem for them. And with that, Monomania represents the tragic downfall of yet another band who discarded any sense of being themselves in a shameless, desperate attempt to cash in on the success of other bands. It's less of an album and more of a cautionary tale on the dangers of desperation—it just isn't worth it.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
WeepinnWillow
February 22nd 2020


959 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Album stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/2FxbVATTBMwI7ytSsYMp6f?si=4k25X2YvS1WmVXaFnKQD3w



stan Starset instead, constructive criticism appreciated

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parksungjoon
February 22nd 2020


19648 Comments


sounds like something i should avoid at all costs

gud rev, pos'd

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SteakByrnes
February 22nd 2020


18774 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

"Initially formed as nothing more than a Blessthefall lite"



Except this band was always better and sounded nothing like them lol

Gyromania
February 22nd 2020


29909 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

The Word Dogshit

vult
February 22nd 2020


184 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

The Deceiver is a great album.



They now sound completely neutered in comparison.

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ConcubinaryCode
February 22nd 2020


5339 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Empire was good too. Don't know what happened.

vult
February 22nd 2020


184 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Telle Smith is what happened

Pikazilla
February 22nd 2020


11014 Comments


omg issa haunter

ConcubinaryCode
February 22nd 2020


5339 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Whenever I see that dudes name I always think of the sage from ff4

Ebola
February 23rd 2020


3822 Comments


band is horrible

GreyShadow
February 23rd 2020


3950 Comments


"Lol that review is fucking stupid. Literally just an angry troll who hates on what they don’t like."

ya got some feedback sir

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GreyShadow
February 23rd 2020


3950 Comments


trolling Telle is actually funny as fuck, you should all try it at least once

William21
February 23rd 2020


534 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is definitely a big step down for them but it's still better than Real imo

SteakByrnes
February 23rd 2020


18774 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Real shits on this what are you even saying

blairfox
February 23rd 2020


3 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

you said it

Lord(e)Po)))ts
February 23rd 2020


54363 Comments


bet Ghostb1rd loves this

Dunpeal
February 23rd 2020


4399 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

i thought natural selection would've stopped stuff like this by now

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Lord(e)Po)))ts
February 23rd 2020


54363 Comments


i thought natural selection would'e stopped ghostb1rd too but

Dunpeal
February 23rd 2020


4399 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0







:3

GreyShadow
February 23rd 2020


3950 Comments


i feel obligated to listen to this in order to give it a 2 but i don't wanna



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