AlbumsNovember 29, 201112,743 views

The Word Alive Deceiver

01. The Hounds Of Anubis 02. Epiphany 03. The Wretched 04. Consider It Mutual 05. 2012 06. Dream Catcher 07. Like Father Like Son 08. Battle Royale 09. You're All I See 10. We Know Who You Are
2010 Fearless Records
Our score 3


43 Seconds. That's how long I was a fan of The Word Alive. 43 seconds of furious double kick drums and a scream from the depths of Hades rocking along with thick and quick guitars. Then, out of nowhere, yet completely expected, came the cleanest, whiniest, most awful vocals I have ever heard. It sucked out all the energy, all the hate, and all the brutality from what could have been a linchpin of an opening track. It sucked all of it out, because frankly, The Word Alive sucks. Google their name and you will read some rave reviews of Deceiver, the debut full-length from this Phoenix sextet. I have no idea what those fools are smoking, and for once I can say, “I want none of that shit,” because The Word Alive encompasses everything that is wrong with heavy music today. Burly breakdowns puss out at every turn. Estrogen enhanced emo vox do more damage than a roofie cocktail, hurting the head worse than the worst hangover. Just when you think they've sunk to the deepest depths of commercial mall-metal, the fast guitar flurries are re-re-remixed with stupid sounding synths. And I don't believe for a second that the drums aren't digitally enhanced. The only reason Deceiver even ranks this high is because the heavy parts are really good, albeit an extreme rehash of deathcore's finer acts. The beginning of "The Hounds of Anubis" had me, surprisingly, nodding along, thinking that this was going to be a nice surprise of a record. After that, it was agonizing just getting through this entire record once, let alone a second time in order to write this review. I could itemize the few pros (the intro to "Like Father Like Son") and many cons (just about everything else) of Deceiver, but it would really be a waste of type and time. Any positive aspect of heaviness that's achieved is immediately nullified by something overwhelmingly abysmal. They play their relative instruments well, but who the hell cares?!? Bottom Line: Don't believe the hype. The Word Alive are not good. Regardless, it's probably selling a boatload of copies.


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pillfrenzy_ 11/24/2010 3:55:03 PM

first post - best review ever

Dyami_LIAV_ 11/24/2010 4:51:10 PM

Awesome review!

The Jamey Alive_ 11/24/2010 5:58:41 PM

You f*cking shithead. You don't know the first thing about metalcore; we put a lot of time and effort into this CD, and it's one of the heaviest releases of the year. We better not catch you around at any shows, because if my crew sees you, you'll wish you never got out of bed that day. Oh, and to everyone who actually CARES about this record, listen up! Thanks to everybody who bought it already but for those who have not been able to find it, try TARGET, yes TARGET is stocking it for ONLY $6.99

anonymous 11/24/2010 6:00:40 PM

i dont see what the point of reviewing this was when it's obviously going to get some shit low score by default.

jordan_ 11/24/2010 6:18:21 PM

I've never in my life posted on a website, or a message board. After hearing how terribly awful this record was, and how accurate this review is, I had to. Stop mixing emo with metal. You're not heavy.

Drifter_ 11/24/2010 7:25:13 PM

hahahaha. It sounds like they're christian too, f*cking trifecta of bullshit

JohnnyJohnny_ 11/25/2010 12:48:33 AM

I wasn't expecting this review to be the best thing ever... but it is. Most straight forward review I've seen in a while.

LAWL_ 11/25/2010 2:15:13 AM

holy lol at Jamey's comment.

AnotherFaggotMovie_ 11/25/2010 10:12:23 AM

i laughed when i saw there was a review of this album on LG. and i fully agree with it

bob_ 11/25/2010 11:41:48 AM

funniest review ever, hands down

xmusicislifex_ 11/25/2010 12:07:32 PM

I agree, great review. I listened to the first 20 seconds of each song and that was enough

ryan_ 11/25/2010 12:54:59 PM

I have to disagree.God forbid if a band sings or has breakdowns..if you dont like the record blow it the nearest microwave..everyone else will be attending their shows and buying their records..while you sit at home unemployed.

Danisbest_ 11/25/2010 6:06:53 PM


fsovercrooks_ 11/25/2010 6:39:22 PM

f*ck that dick gargling gay. The reviewer has HIS OWN opinion of your dumb f*ck band, if he doesn't like it he doesn't like it. Get over it. f*ck you, and more importantly f*ck your shit band.

anonymous 11/25/2010 9:00:23 PM

i think "the villain inside" of Ryan is The Word Alive's erect "member" Band fails on every level of failure

julie_ 11/25/2010 9:13:05 PM

f*ck all of you metalcore heads, who just f*cking heard breakdowns by copycats in 2007. f*ck deathcore bands you pieces of shit. favor for a cowboy f*ck the whole word alive you shitheads better hide your asses when we see you. you and your whole crew will f*cking get it in the ass

jordan_ 11/26/2010 12:08:04 AM

f*ck you and your crew word alive

blackpower_ 11/26/2010 1:00:22 PM

The Turd Alive.

dave_ 11/27/2010 12:28:48 AM

totally agree with this review. I pirated the c.d. cuz i didn't really get into the songs on their myspace but I figured i would get into the other ones. Well I listened to the other songs and the entire album was horrendous. It's sad. I actually like (dare i scene music and this is just garbage. They try way too hard to be "brootal" and the singing actually gives me headaches every time i listen to it. worst album of 2010.

PalmerLCC_ 11/27/2010 10:59:24 AM

I wish all reviews were this blunt.

jake scott_ 11/27/2010 1:16:43 PM

now that my band salt the wound is back together all pssy shit like this gay non sense will matter no more. f*ck you. f*ck this band. salt the wound is lyfe.

Andrew_ 11/27/2010 3:38:42 PM

Saw this band a few months ago in Chicago. They told the crowd to f*ck off because no one was "moshing" to their vjayjay music.

godfatherofsoul_ 11/28/2010 7:20:59 AM

Oi, this is right shite, and I'd rather never see my true love again on the bonnie banks o' loch lomond than ever hear this horse pise 'gain, innit.

jeremy_ 11/28/2010 7:27:37 PM

jamey: you are all that is wrong with hardcore. just because someone thinks your band is shit, you want to beat them up? you are a disgrace.

burzum_ 11/28/2010 7:33:37 PM

Great, more worthless gay mall music, thank god for your band...really. 10 out of 8====D - - -

lol_ 11/29/2010 6:56:10 PM

lol, i cant believe some of you gays actually took the jamey gimmick seriously.

anonymous 11/30/2010 12:03:40 PM

ohio is stoked.

jake scott_ 11/30/2010 5:24:17 PM

ohio is stoked on the return of salt the wound. gay

jake scott_ 12/2/2010 6:49:37 PM


anonymous 12/5/2010 7:36:22 AM

Hahahahahaha, I love these gays, Im crowding the merch table askin them to play my shitty town. Fanboy for haircore

Danny_ 12/6/2010 4:41:21 PM

Say what you will my man, but they put on quite a show

Danny_ 12/6/2010 4:46:23 PM

And to "Jamey Alive" Don't post bullshit threats on public websites and then try to promote your band. You look like an idiot.

Nope_ 12/7/2010 2:59:35 AM

Danny, I checked out there live vids and they look like they have rabbits jammed up their asses bouncing at the same time. A guy in front of keyboards faking a seizure like an jerk, and they still sound like garbage through all of it. And the Jamey Alive post is the same fake thread that is on every comment page. You obviously dont come here enough. Cuz u are too busy coming in the throats of Word Alive. So yea I agree with this dude saying that this band sucks thick sweaty monkey nuts.

Loyd Christmas_ 12/8/2010 10:12:00 AM

And to "Jamey Alive" Don't post bullshit threats on public websites and then try to promote your band. You look like an idiot. posted by Danny ( on 12/6/2010 4:46:23 PM <-- you fell for the oldest gimmick on this site. see where it says "Name:"? anyone can write any name they want in there. you are a blockhead.

jake scott_ 12/13/2010 12:51:55 PM

uhm, hi. I take it up the ass every night

ICP_ 12/13/2010 4:53:54 PM

f*ckin' magnets, how do they work?

objective opinion_ 12/24/2010 9:50:05 AM

minus the singing vocals and the thin production it sounds like frail words collapse from as i lay dying

None_ 2/11/2011 11:40:52 AM

f*ck you bud. this album is actually good. really though, who the shit do you listen to that is oh so heavy that you compare them to?

anonymous 5/13/2012 5:07:17 AM

I agree with the previous comment. This album is pretty damn good. I don't listen to a lot of metal bands with breakdowns, but I have an exception for The Word Alive. I like to think of them as a younger and more experimental Trivium.

anonymous 7/20/2012 12:54:19 AM

The reviewer of this is a f*cking dipshit. "Regardless, it's probably selling a boatload of copies." NO SHIT SHERLOCK. That's because it's f*cking GOOD. Damn it I hope lambgoat gets shut down for this type of shit.

anonymous 12/25/2012 11:51:50 AM

if you think this is good, you either are not a musician, and its ok think its good because you are ignorant to music, or; you simply have not listened to enough good music and will eventually realize how lame and unoriginal this is...luke holland, you better be getting paid good because this band is a huge waste of your time and talent...

anonymous 133 days ago

This comment section alone qualifies as a time capsule