There’s no denying that the metal music scene has become a bit saturated. So many bands following the same formula to put out countless albums with different logos and titles, but ultimately they’re all interchangeable. There are a few exceptions to this and one of the greatest is The Word Alive’s newest release, Real.
Real (released on June 10th via Fearless Records) reaches every end of the musical spectrum. It is one of the few albums I feel truly encompasses everything metal has to offer.
There’s no lack in outright heaviness with such tracks as the “Play the Victim,” “Broken Circuit,” and “Terminal.”
Catchy ear-worm tracks can also be found throughout, such as the touching track, “Never Forget,” which is a tribute to Mitch Lucker. “Lighthouse” is another extremely melodic track which opens with group vocals, easily making it one of the more pop-sided tracks. Not to be ignored is the epic closing track, “Collapsing,” which beautifully showcases the musicianship of every member in the band.
If you’re into the more complicated aspect of metal, then “Glass Castle” and “To Struggle And Claw My Way” should be exactly what you’re looking for. These are two of the more intricate tracks on the album and couldn’t be more appeasing for your metal palate.
Real is everything I was expecting and hoping for as the latest release of The Word Alive. The entire album has such a full sound and a very diverse delivery. Definitely one of the most dynamic metal albums to be released in a very long time.
Here’s the lyric video for “Never Forget.”
Couldn’t be happier with this release.