Sound — 9
The Word Alive are a relative newcomer to the metalcore scene, but that doesn't make them any less capable of breaking some necks with their first major release as a unit. The band incorporates standards of the genre (uber-heavy breakdowns, sung choruses, etc.) but also add their own flairs, while making the standard stuff sound fresh. Their keyboardist adds a nice touch to the overall sound (see Hounds of Anubis or 2012) and the band isn't afraid to let the engines cool off for some slower numbers. The guitar work can be absolutely stunning, shifting from breakdowns to extreme technical flourishes a la August Burns Red or We Came As Romans.
Lyrics — 7
Lyrically, the band isn't terrible, just not overly impressive. You have your standard metalcore fare in the breakdowns (ex. 2012 breakdown, the vocalist rasps "you get what you deserve for f*&%ing with me"). The lyrics aren't absolutely terrible, but it's most certainly not something to bring the band down any.
Overall Impression — 9
Deceiver is an album worth checking out whether your big on Metalcore or just getting into the genre. These fellows take a fresh new spin on a genre that has been constantly loosing steam for a while now. This album is totally worth the purchase price if you can find it.