Words by Carly Gibbs
This ain’t The Word Alive’s first rodeo, with a total of five heavy-hitting, full- length albums already under the Phoenix based, hard rockers belts. This new decade sees them drop their sixth album ‘MONOMANIA’ and is sure to appease their legion of fans.
The definition of ‘MONOMANIA’ [noun] is –
Exaggerated or obsessive enthusiasm for or preoccupation with one thing.
This is a telling precursor to the album and what its lyrics reveal. Not only is the album titled ‘MONOMANIA’ but the opening track shares the same name. Smith wanted to capture the emotional roller coaster that we all go through when we struggle with who we are. About how hard it is at times to find your footing, getting lost attempting to fit in and how hard those lessons are to learn. Only once you trust in yourself are you able to break the cycle and be free of those expectations. When you listen to the album and tune into the lyrics you hear this pained story, one that is so relatable, especially in this day and age. Anyone who has ever felt the pang of loneliness, anxiety or depression will resonate.
“Does anybody even care? Is anybody listening to me?
I’m lying here invisible, feeling all your empty stares through me”
But it’s not all doom and gloom and the lyrics do have a positive spin.
“I’m stuck inside the madness, I know you’ve felt this
But I know we’ll make it out somehow”.
Like most bands within this genre there is a beautiful juxtaposition of dark and light. The softer parts are allowed more space to feel heartfelt and emotional when they are slammed up against the harder more brutal screams and heavier guitars which end up feeling even heavier next to the more melodic parts.
MONOMANIA is immediately likeable and I can see it becoming a bit of an ear worm. In fact, after I listened to this album through for the first time I was singing it for the rest of the afternoon. The electronics are really balanced and give the track depth and atmosphere instead of making it sound too cheesy and overdone. One of my favourites overall. Thank you is the stand out on the album for me though. It’s heavier than the other tracks and is a super punchy and catchy anthem.
The band previously teamed up with The Noise to premiere the anthemic track Burning your world down; another great example of the light and dark. Listen here and via YouTube below:
I think this genre can really divide people, sometimes too heavy for those who like alternative rock and not heavy enough for those into the heavy stuff. I myself, as a fan of the extreme, can find myself becoming a little elitist and turning up my nose to bands in the lighter end of metalcore or post-hardcore realm but if I take away all of the pretence and just listen with fresh ears it is really enjoyable. The album is full of highs and lows and musically it is hyper catchy with heavy riffs, emotive screams, atmospheric electronics and beautiful melody. It is a perfect example of a car-belter; you know, one of those albums that you wait until you are locked away in the privacy of your car, turn up really loud and shout at the top of your voice? Yeah, that. Great for highway driving, singing off key and hitting your fist into the steering wheel. So cathartic!
If you are a fan of Bring Me the Horizon, Of Mice and Men or Memphis May Fire then be sure to check this album out.
The album, produced by Eric Ron (Panic! At the Disco, Godsmack), arrives February 21 on Fearless Records/Caroline Australia. Pre-order here.
The band are about to kick of a tour starting Feb 8th, sadly though, no Australian dates just yet.
The Word Alive with Falling in Reverse + Escape the Fate Tour Dates
Feb. 8 — San Antonio, Texas @ The Aztec
Feb. 10 — New Orleans, La. @ House of Blues
Feb. 11 — St. Petersburg, Fla. @ Jannus Live
Feb. 12 — Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. @ Revolution
Feb. 14 — Richmond, Va. @ The National
Feb. 15 — New York, N.Y. @ Webster Hall*
Feb. 16 — New Haven, Ct. @ Toad’s Place
Feb. 18 — Cleveland, Ohio @ House of Blues
Feb. 19 — Grand Rapids, Mich. @ Intersection
Feb. 21 — Louisville, Ky. @ The Mercury Ballroom
Feb. 22 — Madison, Wis. @ The Sylvee
Feb. 23 — St. Louis, Mo. @ The Pageant
Feb. 24 — Kansas City, Mo. @ The Truman
Feb. 25 — Colorado Springs, Colo. @ Sunshine Studios Live
Feb. 28 — Seattle, Wash. @ Showbox SODO
Feb. 29 — Portland, Ore. @ Roseland Ballroom
March 1 — Vancouver, British Columbia @ The Vogue Theater
March 3 — Sacramento, Calif. @ Ace of Spades*
March 4 — Sacramento, Calif. @ Ace of Spades