The Word Alive will spend the fall on tour with Our Last Night, I See Stars, and Ashland on Our Last Night’s upcoming headliner. The Word Alive will appear on all dates, which run from November 5 in Houston through December 8 in Orlando, and they’ll be playing mostly newer material, according to the band themselves.
New Music Friday is a weekly post that highlights the best new music of the week. This week’s edition features both well-known and under the radar bands we think deserve a spin (or three), so give them all a listen. Whether you like pop-punk, synthwave, metalcore, or something else, one of these 7 selections is guaranteed to capture your attention. This week, we’ve got the solid metalcore of The Word Alive, the nostalgic synthwave of Timecop1983, and much more.
It’s a known fact that a legion of bands simply would not exist had it not been for Linkin Park. They are the rare band to infiltrate almost all of popular culture, and it’s relatively easy to enjoy the band, as well. Many of the current crop of rock and metal vocalists are indebted to the late Chester Bennington for the way he connected with fans, and how he brought genuine emotion in every note he hit.
Telle Smith of The Word Alive is no exception – his versatile vocals have buoyed The Word Alive for almost a decade. With the news that their upcoming album Violent Noise would contain a tribute to Chester Bennington, it’s not a surprise that the band would try their hand at covering Linkin Park, as well. While it’s only a short clip, you can watch TWA briefly cover “Crawling” below. Fans are clamoring for a full recorded version of this, and why not? The TWA style would probably translate well.
There was a time when Arizona metalcore/post-hardcore veterans The Word Alive were the metaphorical new kids on the block in the music scene. The band’s 2010 debut album Deceiver was a heralded opening salvo that really set the music scene on fire, and with tracks as deceptively catchy as “Lights And Stones” and “Dream Catcher”, The Word Alive proved more than capable of delivering solid albums each time out.
Fast forward to
2012 2018, and the still thriving band is gearing up to release their 5th full-length on Fearless Records, Violent Noise. Following up the solid Dark Matter won’t be an easy task, but given the band’s musical consistency, one would be wise not to doubt the veteran outfit. While some fans may feel the band hasn’t matched their debut full-length since then, there have been plenty of moments where they’ve come close, especially on the track “Astral Plane”, from their 2012 album Life Cycles.
The band’s new track, “Red Clouds”, is a good introduction to Violent Noise, which arrives May 4th. If their past work is any indication, the hype for Violent Noise is about to build to a fever pitch.