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Life Cycles

July 3, 2012 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: July 3, 2012
  • Release Date: July 3, 2012
  • Label: Fearless Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2012 Fearless Records
  • Total Length: 54:14
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  • ASIN: B0089AEZKO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,457 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Going in to Life Cycles, my hopes were sky-high. I was expecting no less than a wholly inspiring follow-up to 2010's Deceiver, and I am thrilled to say I wasn't disappointed. In an effort that has gone awry for many a band before them, The Word Alive's impressively experimental, yet extremely refined sophomore album can be filed in the thesaurus as the end-all antonym for "sophomore slump."
"Dragon Spell" presents the album with a very eerie feel. The higher production quality than previous works is immediately evident, and contributes to a sound that is as immense as it is ruthless. With lyrics reverberating Deceiver favorites, long-time fans will have a hard time finding anything to their distaste on "Dragon Spell." It serves as a fitting intro, seemingly stating "we haven't forgotten where we came from, but we're not slowing down."
"Wishmaster" demonstrates singer Telle Smith's impressive vocal range, backed by the master of astonishing and stimulating electro-samples. "Entirety" is inarguably driving, as Smith croons "You're all I have." It sports one of the few moments when the sound is cut to nearly exclusively percussion and vocals, and the mastery of byzantine guitar-shredding follows. Lacking a resident keyboardist, "Entirety" and Life Cycles boasts even more haunting electric breakdowns than Deceiver.
"For Your Health" is a standout single, tracked with a very airy and atmospheric, well, atmosphere. Clean murmuring blends seamlessly with heart-beating screams, and the tentative vibe doesn't trip for a moment. Smith proclaims "we are still here," making it clear that The Word Alive will likely be around a while longer.
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By Grant on October 24, 2012
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Let me say first that I very much enjoyed TWA's EP and Deceiver. A lot; Casanova Rodeo, Battle Royale (both versions), Epiphany, The Wretched, 2012... Very memorable songs. For me, though, this album didn't produce the same memorable material. One of the biggest things is for me is that if you're incorporating clean choruses, it needs to be natural. The clean choruses on this album just kind of "happen" without a good transition.
On the previous albums, the screams were powerful and satisfying and the choruses were just as powerful, but in a different way. Here the cleans are weaker and it feels like the screams' impact was reduced to match them, resulting in a weaker song overall.
Anyway, it's an okay album, but none of the songs have made it onto any of my playlists.
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This is definitely the album of the year for the metalcore scene so far...blew my mind and expectations entirely out of the water. This a cool group of guys who are great in person and obviously enjoy what they do.

This album is a great work of art...every track is astonishingly good. The iTunes bonus track "Smoke Monster" is better than the Amazon bonus track "The Conscience," at least in my opinion. But I bought both of them anyhow. None of the songs are a disappointment in the least.

BUY: The entire album. Every song is as good as the last.

UPDATE: I now think that "The Conscience" is better than "Smoke Monster" but the album is so amazing it's hard to put one song in front of the other.
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it sounds like prefab new metal corporate stuff - but its so damn good. Their first album has a little bit more variation but this is nice.
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This was a tough one for me to leave a review for - I wasn't sure if it deserved 4 or 5 stars. It's not a perfect album, and my main dislike is that the songs have a hard time distinguishing themselves from each other. There's just not a lot of deviation from the overall 'sound' of the album.
It gets full marks because maybe there's not much deviation from the overall sound, but oh what a sound it is. The Word Alive pull off one of the harder tricks in metal - they made something that sounds unique, something that doesn't sound like anything else I have in my playlist already. They use a lot of familiar parts you'll have heard elsewhere (mix of clean and screaming vocals, keyboards and electronic distortions, and sounding generally more discordant/anarchic than usual), but they mix it all into something that's their own. It's not always easy to stand out in the increasingly crowded metalcore scene, and these guys deserve credit for wildly succeeding at it here.
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By Bill on October 10, 2012
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The Word Alive is one of my favorite bands. I loved Deceiver to no end and still listen to it from start to finish without tiring. Because I loved Deceiver so much I had high expectations for Life Cycles. When I first got it, I was a little surprised and disappointed because I was expecting Deceiver, but soon I realized that's the beauty of The Word Alive: they have grown and expanded and experimented--all for the better. That's not to say that if you like Deceiver you won't like Life Cycles. Au contraire. I like every song on this album; it has heavy breakdowns, catchy tunes, technical guitar work, and Telle's voice is fantastic, both screaming and singing are filled with passion. If you liked The Word Alive's previous stuff, there's no reason you wouldn't love this one as well. For anyone just getting to know The Word Alive or hardcore/metal music, this is a great place to start. You won't be disappointed!
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