Deceiver (The Word Alive album)

Deceiver is the debut studio album by American metalcore band The Word Alive. It was released on August 31, 2010 through Fearless Records. The title derives from a passage of lyrics within the chorus of the song "The Wretched".

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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 31, 2010
RecordedApril 2010
ProducerAndrew Wade
The Word Alive chronology
Life Cycles
Singles from Deceiver
  1. "Epiphany"
    Released: June 23, 2010
  2. "The Hounds of Anubis"
    Released: July 24, 2010
  3. "The Wretched"
    Released: August 11, 2010
  4. "2012"
    Released: March 11, 2011
  5. "Apologician"
    Released: May 6, 2011
  6. "Lights and Stones"
    Released: May 23, 2011

With anticipation of the album following up to their critically acclaimed EP Empire, the band promoted the album for several months until leading to its release. It was produced by Andrew Wade and is the first and only release by the band with drummer Justin Salinas, yet final with bassist Nicholas Urlacher and keyboardist, Dusty Riach. A deluxe edition of the record was released on June 7, 2011 and features bonus content consisting of four remixed tracks along with two previously unreleased songs and the music videos for the songs "2012" and "The Wretched".

Background and promotionEdit

With anticipation of their full-length debut album after releasing the EP, Empire during the previous year,[2] The Word Alive began work on Deceiver after several US tours. It was recorded during April 2010 in Ocala, Florida with producer Andrew Wade. Guitarist, Zack Hansen explained that "The tracking was a lot of fun and everyone had a good time."[3] Tyler Smith noted that he received a large amount of inspiration and knowledge from his friends in a small production studio in Newark Ohio. Crediting Nick Johns aka "Nicky Scene" for the content in a majority of the album "We wanted to step it up in every aspect of our songs compared to Empire. When we're heavy, it's heavier. When we do things big, they are huge! When we slow it down, it's something beautiful."[4]

"Epiphany" was released as the album's first single where it was premiered online. The second single, "The Hounds of Anubis" premiered on the Revolver website.[5] The album features a re-recording of the song "Battle Royale", originally featured as the opening track for Empire. The final track for Empire ("How to Build an Empire") is referenced in a line of lyrics found within the song "Consider It Mutual". Early copies of Deceiver have a typo on the backside of the included booklet which reads "Produced, engineered and by Andrew Wade".

A deluxe edition of Deceiver was released on June 7, 2011 and contains two previously unreleased tracks; "Apologician" and "Lights and Stones" along with the group's two cover songs; "Heartless" and "Over the Mountain". It also features remixes of the songs "The Hounds of Anubis", "The Wretched", and "2012", with "The Hounds of Anubis" being exclusively remixed by Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland along with an unreleased music video for "The Wretched" as well as the "2012" music video.[6] For the convenience of fans that were already in-possession of the hardcopy release of Deceiver, the release of the deluxe edition was only made digitally over iTunes. All extras included on the deluxe edition are available individually.[7]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [1]
Alternative Press     [9]
Dead Press!          [10]
SMN News          [2]

Deceiver received generally positive reviews by many critics. AllMusic explained that the album "covers a lot of familiar territory. Where the album gets interesting is in the guitar acrobatics of Tony Pizzuti and Zack Hansen, who like to keep things lightning fast and intricate" and "for anyone looking for metalcore with a couple of surprises here and there, Deceiver should offer a little something new."[1] Alternative Press stated "the relentless drive of so many of the songs found on Deceiver have an urgency and added aggression to them that would make many of their peers recoil out of fear."[9] Zach Redrup from Dead Press! rated the album positively calling it: "Deceiver stands forward as a debut that in ways has in fact surpassed all expectations and hype built upon it, showing The Word Alive as a band who want to and should be heard. Watch your back Craig, Tyler 'Telle' Smith has put your old band into overdrive."[10] KillYourStereo gave the album 75 out of 100 and said: "Deceiver lives up to its hype and is an impressive debut for The Word Alive, metal fans will find plenty here to both satisfy and surprise, keeping that good old metalcore spark alive for a little bit longer."[11]

Nathan Lay of SMN News expressed that "this is one of those albums that actually becomes increasingly better as it plays through. It seems that most albums lose steam by the time they're half way through, but not Deceiver." Lay also garnered a comparison of the album to their Empire EP by stating "Hell, the EP is still a worthy metal contender with today's releases. So how [does] the full length compare? Well fans can stop holding their breath; Deceiver is beast. It's heavier, more intricate, more powerful, and even more aggressive (lyrically and musically)."[2] Negative reviews or comments of the album were made in dislike to the album's clean (melodic singing) vocals. Lambgoat referred to the singing as "Estrogen enhanced emo [vocals]" and gave it a negative review while stating "Just when you think they've sunk to the deepest depths of commercial mall-metal, the fast guitar flurries are re-re-remixed with stupid sounding synths."[12]

Commercial performanceEdit

Deceiver reached position 97 on the Billboard 200, number 37 on Rock Albums, number 15 on Top Independent Albums, and number 14 on Hard Rock Albums.[13]

Track listingEdit

All music and lyrics written by The Word Alive, except where noted.

1."The Hounds of Anubis"The Word Alive4:13
2."Epiphany"The Word Alive4:03
3."The Wretched" (featuring David Stephens of We Came as Romans)The Word Alive, Joshua Moore4:06
4."Consider It Mutual"The Word Alive5:02
5."2012" (featuring Levi Benton of Miss May I)The Word Alive, Tom Denney3:02
6."Dream Catcher"The Word Alive3:25
7."Like Father Like Son"The Word Alive4:44
8."Battle Royale" (re-recorded version; original version from Empire)The Word Alive, Tony Aguilera3:56
9."You're All I See"The Word Alive3:51
10."We Know Who You Are"The Word Alive5:36
Total length:41:48
Digital deluxe edition bonus tracks
11."Lights and Stones"Tyler SmithTyler Smith4:04
12."Apologician"Tyler SmithTyler Smith3:50
13."The Wretched" (KC Blitz remix)Tyler SmithThe Word Alive, Jon Courtney4:35
14."2012" (KC Blitz remix)Tyler SmithThe Word Alive, Tom Denney, Jon Courtney5:39
15."The Hounds of Anubis" (Wes Borland remix)Tyler SmithThe Word Alive, Wes Borland4:03
16."Heartless" (Kanye West cover)Kanye WestKanye West, Ernest Wilson, Scott Mescudi, Malik Jones4:01
17."Over the Mountain" (Ozzy Osbourne cover)Ozzy OsbourneOzzy Osbourne, Randy Rhoads, Bob Daisley, Lee Kerslake4:20



Chart (2010) Peak
US Billboard 200[14] 97
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[15] 37
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[16] 14
US Top Album Sales (Billboard)[17] 97
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[18] 15


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  17. ^ "The Word Alive Chart History (Top Album Sales)". Billboard. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
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