On March 18, 2016, The Word Alive released their fourth album, Dark Matter, and it was actually co-produced by Matt Good,formerly of From First To Last And D.R.U.G.S. I found that to be an interesting fact just because I enjoy his work.
At the time of release, Tyler Smith said that this was some of their most in-depth writing and recording ever, causing it to be their most dynamic and expansive album to date. "This record completely defines and expresses who we are, and where we are going, taking the listener to the darkest and most honest places our band has dared to venture." I can't help but wonder if they still feel the same way about the album, given the fact that close to four years have now passed since the release of this album.
That being said, I think most people who listen to this album will take something to heart from it. I absolutely imagine that this was incredibly therapeutic to write, and I have no doubt a lot was going on at the time. The entire album speaks of your usual struggles that we all go through, whether its not feeling good enough, feeling lost, or looking back on lost love, this album has a bit of all of it.
One of the songs that stood out the most to me was "Face to Face", which actually has one of the most powerful lines I've heard in quite some time. "I hope you always remember that you were the sacrifice that gave me a better life." Honestly, that's probably one of the classiest ways to tell someone you're better off without them, and essentially "fuck you", that I have ever heard. You know the lyric is good when you hear it, and just sit there going, "Damn", just saying.
The other one I really wanted to bring attention to was "Insane." Given the name, I was expecting something really heavy, kind of hateful, and probably geared toward another person. What I was met with was anything but that and actually really surprised me. Instead, it was a bit reminiscent of an ideal brought up in Alice In Wonderland. That all good people are insane in some way. Though they worded it more poetically by saying everyone's insane in their own beautiful way, and that it can be used for good. "Now let our voices be the change, so we don't all end up the same. I can't help but feel this way. Let's raise our flags to the new age. We're all insane, in a beautiful way. We won't change until the tide comes, and pulls us all away." I absolutely loved this song, I was very, very surprised.
I definitely see a progression happening with their work. As I previously stated, I have heard most of their early work, but none of the newer stuff. Somewhat recently I did a review of their previous album, Real and decided I wanted to hear more of their work. I see a slow progression with their style that I quite like. Who knows if that'll reign true from now, but I will say I am loving what I've heard so far for Monomania which comes out on the 21st of this month. Stay tuned, I plan on doing reviews for that and the most recent album, Violent Noise very soon.
For anyone interested, you also can catch The Word Alive on tour with Falling In Reverse and Escape The Fate, starting in just a couple days. That will be on February 8, and we will be at the February 12th date in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Tickets are on sale now, and you can get them on their official website now. While you're there, you can also pre-order Monomania, which we highly recommend doing.
While you're at all of this, please go ahead and let us know what your favorite songs from The Word Alive are, and we will speak to you very soon.
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