On February 8, The Word Alive is embarking on tour with Falling In Reverse and Escape The Fate, and Immortal Music is actually going to one of the first stops on that tour. We'll be at the February 12 date in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and something dawned on me. I have never really listened to The Word Alive very much. I have only heard their first two albums, Deceiver and Life Cycles, and even then I've never really gotten into them. So, in light of the fact that I will be seeing them live in just a couple more weeks, I felt it was only fitting to go through their discography and get to know them just a little bit more.
With that, felt it was only fitting to start with the first album to be released that I was unfamiliar with, Real. Real is their third studio album, and was released on June 10, 2014, and I was honestly wondering why I never reviewed this or any of their early work. I was also wondering why I was not interested in them much, despite knowing who they are basically since they began. Listening to this album, while I did discover some songs I genuinely liked, I did discover why that was.
They, at least on this album, were very heavy with the screaming, and its only been in recent months really that I've been into that. Back when this came out, and prior, if it was mostly screaming, chances are- I was not going to like it much. Not because I didn't understand them, or didn't like the style, I just preferred a balance of singing and screaming. I still do actually, but I have gotten somewhat recently where I've felt a pull toward some of the heavier screaming. Maybe that's some pent up aggression, or something. I don't know, maybe its not even that deep, and its just because tastes change.
A couple of the songs that stood out the most to me were, "Broken Circuit", "Lighthouse" and "Glass Castle." All three, I might add, would be incredible live. Or at least, I imagine so, I picture a lot of mosh pits for those, so you will catch me watching that from a safe distance.
"Broken Circuit" and "Glass Castle" have very similar vibes to me. Very much so the type of song you turn on when you're just trying to take the day, and are determined to take shit from no one. Making it perfectly known that you're not going to give up, just because someone else was trying to beat you down. I particularly loved the one line in "Glass Castle", because it perfectly depicts how some people do treat you. "Have you had enough of me? You act like I'm something you can throw away."
Give them hell, kids.
As for "Lighthouse", I can guarantee you some people will find it totally cliche', but I am a big fan of most inspirational songs. I really like how this one is not personalized to Tyler Smith, but instead includes any person that's listening. "We will shine on." I am picturing this live, and just thinking it will be completely beautiful to hear a thousands of people singing something like that.
Over all, I think this is a decent album, and I could see how someone would love it. I don't think its going to be something I find myself listening to in full often, if ever though. Its possible though that I might turn on a handful of songs here and there though. Stay tuned because I do plan on reviewing their other two albums, Dark Matter and Violent Noise. I also probably will review Monomania once it comes out on February 21 as well, as I am fully curious about that one. So far I've liked both songs that have been released.
If you're interested in pre-ordering the album, or seeing them on The Drug In Me is Gold tour with Falling In Reverse and Escape The Fate, head on over to their official website. Please comment down below or over on our Facebook page with your favorite songs from this album, or any of their work for that matter. I look forward to hearing from you and I will be back soon with another review.
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