Real. by The Word Alive (Fearless Records)
Those who may have thought The Word Alive hit the zenith of their career with their vibrant Life Cycles only need to give a listen to what their third magnum opus Real. has to offer. A thoroughly captivating effort is now upon us, showing a metalcore outfit soaring to greaters height above and beyond genre expectations, Real. is a richly rewarding collection of tunes destined to devastate the senses. Hard hitting and wondrously uplifting, Real. is destined to be the album of the summer for music fans all across the sonic spectrum.
Real. slams into the stratosphere with the highly effective Play The Victim, showing instantly the melding of profound lyrics, passionate vocals and spiraling melodies. Never Forget is dedicated to Mitch Lucker and all of those close to us who have passed away. An extremely poignant song that packs an emotional wallop. Broken Circuit then explodes with its heavy duty blast-beats, otherworldly screams, and epic choruses.
Lighthouse is vast and inspiring, the kind of song that could change the world with its wonderful message of empowerment and survival. This one is destined to be a crowd favorite when performed live. The Fortune Teller continues the auditory adventure, another track showing just how much The Word Alive has progressed since their humble beginnings. Glass Castle then shatters through your reality with its manic guitar solos and intensive vocals reigning supreme.
94th Street shows The Word Alive wandering down the roads of a grungier age, presenting a memorable power ballad for the ages. It’s a clever mixture of music styles to be sure. Then it’s back to the heaviness at hand with Your Mirage, featuring some of the most aggressive singing and screaming to be found on the album. Terminal then radiates with a staggering amount of ferocity.
The Runaway is an absolute highlight, a glorious rock and roll anthem whose rousing lyrics will make you want to take on the entire world. To Struggle And Claw My Way is fearless and pummeling while closing track Collapsing demonstrates a gorgeously creative side to the band, providing a rapturous grand finale.
Telle Smith has certainly emerged as one of the most electrifying lead vocalists on the scene today – whether he’s singing or doing the uncleans, there is a persuasive amount of conviction and urgency that shines throughout the entire recording. Tony Pizzuti and Zack Hansen unleash the guitar work with a thunderous amount of imagination and intrigue. Daniel Shapiro supplies a pummeling low end with his fine bass work. And then there’s drummer extraordinaire Luke Holland, whose skilled precision brings it all home with an all-out vengeance. Real. is a definitive triumph for The Word Alive – the type of album that their fans will remember and cherish for the turbulent years ahead.
Be sure to catch The Word Alive this summer on each and every date of the Vans Warped Tour!
(Review by Ken Morton)
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