About a month ago I had the opportunity to see Blessthefall for the fifth time on their Hard Feelings tour. Through this tour, I was exposed to a band that I can now easily claim as one of my favorite bands to date. The line-up consisted of A War Within, Thousand Below, Ded, The Word Alive, and Blessthefall. All of the bands on this bill were phenomenal live but The Word Alive completely blew my mind.
When the tour got announced I was eager to listen to The Word Alive having heard great things about them but never getting around to listen to them. I was late to the party, but at least I got there, and I am very happy that I did. These guys bring so many amazing aspects to the table when it comes to being in music. Their sound, their persona, their connection, their live show, all of it comes together at once and hits you in the face like a ton of bricks. Only this time the bricks don’t hurt!
In regards to their sound, these guys cover all the bases. The mix of clean and unclean vocals and how they meld together is impossible to find flaws in. Telle’s clean vocals take people to a different world entirely and then his screams yank them right back. You can find slower yet still hardcore songs or songs that have you banging your head the whole time. Put these songs into a live setting and you’ve got a true energy on your hands. This energy is obvious in the music but to see how the band connects to each other on stage gives you 110% and it’s a truly refreshing thing to witness and gives you an amazing feeling of togetherness, which is not something to overlook in a bands live performance.
Seeing The Word Alive was an experience that I will hold dear forever and hopefully get to experience many more times. From the moment their set started, which started with an extended intro to Red Clouds, it was building and building in suspense and intensity. That intensity remained through the entire set, and there was crowd interaction and involvement in almost every song. The emotion put forth with this band is something I can’t begin to express with words. Emotion is one of my core requirements to become a favorite band of mine, and needless to say they checked that box super quick.
I highly recommend checking these guys out NOW. They are fantastic in every way and bring all that you could want in a band for this scene.