Hellhound Music Interview with Telle from The Word Alive

By on December 8, 2011

-Jennuh & Noah – Hellhound Music

A full-length debut is a pivotal moment for most bands, but for Phoenix, AZ natives The Word Alive, it’s a battle-tested triumph. Considering the countless miles the band has traveled since their 2009 EP release, Empire, and the obstacles the six-piece has had to overcome along the way, every track of Deceiver pulsates with the passion and fury of a conquering army, and is the very definition of shock and awe.

After traveling to Ocala, FL to record with up-and-coming producer Andrew Wade (A Day To Remember, VersaEmerge), The Word Alive resurfaced from the studio armed with debut album Deceiver, a challenging, genre-bending opus that fully showcases the considerable abilities of one of heavy music’s true rising talents. Mastered by Alan Douches and featuring guest performances by Dave Stephens from We Came As Romans and Levi Benton of Miss May I, the album offers fans all that they love about The Word Alive and so much more.

The Word Alive truly made their impact in 2009 when they released their debut EP Empire, which sold more than 15,000 copies and spent time on Billboard’s “Heatseekers” chart. Quickly winning over listeners with its scorching musicianship and singer Tyler Telle Smith’s hyperkinetic vocals, the EP set the stage for an even deeper, more innovative full-length to follow. Deceiver continues to push the limits adding aggressive guitar melodies and clean vocals.

The Word Alive’s debut album Deceiver is available now. The Deceiver: Deluxe Edition featuring two new tracks, remixes and videos is also available.

Track List

01. The Hounds of Anubis
02. Epiphany
03. The Wretched
04. Consider It Mutual
05. 2012
06. Dream Catcher
07. Like Father Like Son
08. Battle Royale
09. You’re All I See
10. We Know Who You Are
11. Lights and Stones
12. Apologician
13.  The Wretched (KC Blitz Remix)
14. 2012 (KC Blitz Remix)
15. The Hounds Of Anubis (Wes Borland Remix)
16. Heartless (Kanye West Cover)
17. Over The Mountain (Ozzy Osbourne Cover)

The Word Alive is:
“Telle” Tyler Smith – Vocals
Tony Pizzuti – Guitar/Vocals
Zack Hansen – Guitar/Vocals
Dusty Riach – Keys
Justin “Drummer Gloves” Salinas – Drums
Daniel Shapiro – Bass


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.