We advance by breaking boundaries. The Word Alive alchemize hard rock, electronic, and metal into a distinct breed of alternative all their own. The gold-certified Phoenix, AZ outfit— Telle Smith [vocals, guitar, programming] Zack Hansen [guitars] and newly added Daniel Nelson [drums] —instinctively blur genre lines with a bold balance of infectiousness and intensity underlined by cinematic scope. After quietly generating nearly 1 billion streams, playing sold out shows on a consistent basis, and attracting a diehard audience, they level up once more on their seventh full-length offering and 2023 debut for Thriller Records.
“We wanted to take the essence of the band—the heaviness, the atmospherics, the experimental elements, and the melodic side—and put everything into one album,” says Telle. “We took the things we’ve done best and molded them together to create a solidified version of the band. We tried to push ourselves and the boundaries of our genre within the songwriting: from the vocals to the music. Moving forward, you can say, ‘I know who The Word Alive is’.”
For the first time, the band opted to collaborate with a trio of producers, namely Matt Good [Asking Alexandria, Sleeping With Sirens], Erik Ron [Godsmack, Bush, Nothing.Nowhere.], and Hiram Hernandez [D.R.U.G.S., Blessthefall]. “We took a ‘dream team’ approach with it,” the frontman says. “We captured the urgency we’ve always aimed for.”
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