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The Word Alive was formed originally as a side project by ex-vocalist Craig Mabbitt (Escape The Fate, Blessthefall), who was replaced by singer Tyler “Telle” Smith (formerly of Greeley Estates and In Fear And Faith) when Mabbitt exited the band in November 2008. In 2009 the group released Empire, which has already sold more than 15,000 copies and spent time on Billboard’s “Heatseekers” chart. Quickly winning over listeners with its scorching musicianship and Smith’s hyperkinetic vocals, the EP set the stage for an even deeper, more innovative full-length to follow.
“On Deceiver, we wanted to take everything that we did on the EP and boost it times ten,” says Smith. “We got to do everything that we feel represents us on this album. In some parts it sounds like you could almost be listening to an ambient/indie band because of the electronic influences, in other parts it’s dark and almost creepy. We spent a lot of time before writing the album thinking of how we could sample other instruments to really add depth—either keyboard parts that Dusty [Riach, keyboardist] would do, or cello, violins and different percussion instruments.
“One thing’s for sure,” Smith adds. “On this album, when we’re heavy, we’re way heavier.”