The Word Alive are set to drop their highly anticipated third full-length album, REAL., tomorrow via Fearless Records. The five-piece have put together a killer set of 12 songs to unleash just before the start of Warped Tour this Saturday, and you can now stream the entire record exclusively on Fuse.tv–check it out in the YouTube playlist below!
The Phoenix act received critical acclaim for their 2012 sophomore effort, Life Cycles, which saw vocalist Telle Smith explore a more personal brand of lyricism than what is often associated with the metalcore genre. REAL. ups the ante in an increasingly crowded and competitive genre as the band recorded with metal producer extraordinaire Cameron Mizell (Sleeping With Sirens, Memphis May Fire, For All Those Sleeping).
In this album, The Word Alive continue to perfect their melodic metalcore sound, with Smith seamlessly transitioning between high-pitched singing and full-throttle screaming during the (many) aggressive portions. All throughout, guitarists Zack Hansen and Tony Pizzuti deliver their most impressive, riff-tastic performance–check opener "Play the Victim" or the soaring "Lighthouse" for a couple of highlights.
You can catch The Word Alive all summer long on Warped Tour's Monster Energy Stage (check the full Warped lineup here). REAL. is out tomorrow, June 10, via Fearless Records and it's available on iTunes. The band is on Twitter, too.