ALBUM: The Word Alive – Deceiver

Release Date: August 30th, 2010
Label: Fearless Records
Website: None available


Upon kicking out original vocalist and founder Craig Mabbitt and enlisting Tyler “Telle” Smith to take his place, The Word Alive have been making leaps forward in progress – in style, sound and as general quality of a band. Where Craig kept the band in confined zones Telle has managed to push the boundries of their current metalcore/post-hardcore sound into further and ultimately better places.

The ‘Empire’ EP showed promise that perhaps this band could go somewhere and cement themselves a name in their consistently overflowing scene of more and more atrocious pastiches, all of which sadly wiping away the strong and respected name the genre once held. Dropping the bass and handling microphone duties full-on for The Word Alive may have been one of the best moves Telle‘s ever done. It’s easy to see the progression and improvement his now juggernaut like screams and growls along with his softer and more melodic vocal territories since his time in In Fear And Faith, but it’s definitely better late than never.

Though generally fairly generic, The Word Alive have managed to make their debut one beast of an introduction. Right from the get go, the hell hound vocals kick us into opener ‘The Hounds Of Anubis’, a track where even the guitars don’t take a backseat with it’s complimentary guitar solo; a rarity for the genre today. The keyboard/synth work throughout the record surprsingly doesn’t muck up any intensity the tracks deliver, a common problem created by the likes of Attack Attack! and others, but instead help to build the atmosphere and feel as intended. This is most notable in the thunderous and venom-spitting ‘2012’ and the slight dub-step input of ‘Like Father, Like Son’.

Touching up and essentially improving upon ‘Battle Royale’ brings the highlight taken from their previous ‘Empire’ EP release and ultimately creating it an ever bigger highlight for the second time around. As ever, Telle’s screams stand dominantly as a competitor against well established names such as Oliver Sykes, Beau Beuken and of course Craig Mabbitt. Belts of “Don’t fuck with family” (see ‘Like Father, Like Son’) and “You get what you deserve for fucking with me” (see ‘2012’) get the mark of authorativeness needed to make such an impact.

‘Deceiver’ stands forward as a debut that in ways has infact surpassed all expectations and hype built upon it, showing The Word Alive as a band who want to and should be heard. Watch your back Craig, Tyler “Telle” Smith has put your old band into overdrive.

Written by Zach Redrup