The Word Alive Unveil Their Anthematic New Album Hard Reset, Share New Track, “One Of Us” Featuring Bad Omens

The Word Alive Unveil Their Anthematic New Album Hard Reset, Share New Track, “One Of Us” Featuring Bad Omens


“As it navigates through existentialism and worrying futures, its overall sound comes across as far more defined than some of their older material. This record feels like the mark of a re-birth for The Word Alive.”

– Kerrang! on Hard Reset

“There are a couple of things on this record that have been missing in sort-of a dire way for this band, there’s no mid-level hook or melody, every chorus was written with the intention of the potential of utilizing this as a single.”

– State Of The Scene Podcast on Hard Reset

“Knocking bouncy riffs and punchy vocals along every step of the way. The range of features on the album also add to this experimental feel throughout, but don’t take away from the identity that The Word Alive has created for themselves.”

– Distorted Sound on Hard Reset

The Word Alive are sharing their highly-anticipated 7th studio album, Hard Reset produced by Hiram Hernandez, (As I Lay Dying, Blessthefall, AVOID) Erik Ron, (Nothing.Nowhere, Too Close To Touch, I Prevail) and Matt Good, (Asking Alexandria, Hollywood Undead, Sleeping With Sirens) on August 25 via Thriller Records. Alongside this massive release comes the band’s new track, “One Of Us” featuring Noah Sebastian of Bad Omens.

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Preview the single here

“One Of Us” fades in on an energetic note, while ascending into a forceful presence. The track is draped in fearless screams that ooze a staple of confidence. Signature vocals from Noah Sebastian of Bad Omens have a glossy, yet ferocious tone that contrast against The Word Alive’s lead vocalist, Telle Smith’s bold existence, making for an electrifying pair. “One Of Us” is a lively song ridden with catchy melodies and unforgettable hooks.

“There may be no song on Hard Reset that ushers in the new era of The Word Alive quite like “One Of Us.” From the atmospheric to the melodic to the heavy, there is a synergy in this song you feel from the instrumentals to the lyrics to the vocal performances by me and Noah [Sebastian.] With a nostalgic nod to the Deceiver hit “2012,” fans are in for a ride.” – Telle Smith, TWA

Earlier this spring, the band premiered “New Reality” on Octane and it quickly became a fan favorite for old school fans while capturing an army of new listeners; garnering deafeningly loud crowd participation on the latest tour. Previously, The Word Alive closed out 2022 with single “Nocturnal Future,” which gained notable editorial playlist support from All New Metal and Crash Course amongst others.


“There will be talks of returning to our roots, blending eras of The Word Alive and of course, evolution. As you embark on this next chapter with us, we hope you’ll find something worthy of connection. Whether it helps you overcome, forget, remember, embrace, or even escape… We hope you’ll enjoy the seventh chapter of our story, and remember.. We are The Word Alive, all of us.”
– Telle Smith, TWA

Hard Reset Tracklist:

1. “The Word Alive Is Dead…”
2. “Hard Reset”
3. Strange Love
4. “One Of Us” (ft. Bad Omens)
5. New Reality
6. “Hate Me” ( ft. Loveless)
7. “Slow Burn”
8. “Fade Away” (ft. Escape The Fate)
9. “A New Empty” (ft. Philip Strand)
10. “Static Rain”
11. “Invisible Army”
12. Nocturnal Future
13. “War With You” (ft. From First To Last)

The album is now available for pre-order.


Hard Reset is making waves, landing a cover story with Rock Sound Magazine and single, “New Reality” radio charting at #37, the highest in the band’s history. Fans can catch The Word Alive out on the first leg of their headlining, The Hard Reset Tour, showcasing a career spanning set, highlighting their 15 years as a band. Supporting acts include Dark Divine and NERV, starting August 14 through September 9. Tickets are now available.


Tour Dates:

8/25 Nashville, TN – The End
8/26 Greensboro, NC – Hangar 1819
8/27 Richmond, VA – Canal Club
8/29 London, ON – London Music Hall
8/30 Pittsburgh, PA – Enclave
8/31 Bloomington, IL – The Castle Theatre
9/1 Iowa City, IA – Wildwood Smokehouse & Saloon
9/2 Wichita, KS – TempleLive At Wichita Scottish Rite Center
9/3 Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep
9/10 Hartford, CT – Webster Theater (Capulet Fest)

“Atmospheric, dramatic and drenched in drama, all held together by jolts of heaviness, it is an exciting first piece of a new puzzle from the band.”

– Rock Sound on “Nocturnal Future”

“The Word Alive creates a furious sound in “New Reality.” Melodies flow through complimenting smooth vocals and contrasting powerful screams. The band cultivates a frigid atmosphere that ignites an overall confident dynamic. The video’s visual submerges fans in a spacious world. Camera angles glide through making for hypnotic scenery.”

– Outburn Magazine on “New Reality”

“The Word Alive are the sort of band that will always take you by surprise. With a career that spans from the most emotional of pop to the most crushing of metalcore, every step is an adventure. And with their latest chapter, that isn’t looking to change. Kicking off the year with the release of “New Reality”, which followed up last year’s drop “Nocturnal Future”, they have shared another new track. And it goes in.”

– idobi Radio on “Strange Love”

“The song brilliantly blends emotion with its instrumentals throughout. By the time we get to the bridge, emotions are running high. But as soon as the bridge ends, we are once again brought back down to earth with just an acoustic guitar as the chorus repeats. It feels as if we are pleading to whomever we are singing to.”

– Ascribe Magazine on “Slow Burn”

“”Hate Me” is a powerhouse of a song that effortlessly plays with different elements of music, blended perfectly together to create a track built for the stratosphere.”

– Switch Bitch Noise on “Hate Me”


About The Word Alive: We advance by breaking boundaries. The Word Alive alchemize hard rock, electronic, and metal into a distinct breed of alternative all their own. The gold-certified Phoenix, AZ outfit— Telle Smith [vocals, guitar, programming] Zack Hansen [guitars] and newly added Daniel Nelson [drums] —instinctively blur genre lines with a bold balance of infectiousness and intensity underlined by cinematic scope. After quietly generating nearly 1 billion streams, playing sold out shows on a consistent basis, and attracting a diehard audience, they level up once more on their seventh full-length offering and 2023 debut for Thriller Records, Hard Reset.

“We wanted to take the essence of the band—the heaviness, the atmospherics, the experimental elements, and the melodic side—and put everything into one album,” says Telle. “We took the things we’ve done best and molded them together to create a solidified version of the band. We tried to push ourselves and the boundaries of our genre within the songwriting: from the vocals to the music. Moving forward, you can say, ‘I know who The Word Alive is’.”

They’ve diligently carved out this vision since their 2008 formation. The group morphed in real-time across Deceiver [2010], Life Cycles [2012], Real. [2014], Dark Matter [2016], and Violent Noise [2018]. Among many standouts from the latter, “Why Am I Like This?” amassed over 31 million Spotify streams and counting. In between, they appeared on high-profile collaborations such as League of Legends’ “RISE” [feat. Mako, The Word Alive, & Glitch Mob],” which has tallied 298 million Spotify streams alone and reached RIAA Gold status. The band also toured with everyone from Motionless In
White and Wage War to Starset, Beartooth and I Prevail in addition to earning acclaim from Billboard, KERRANG!, Rock Sound, Alternative Press, and more. 2020’s MONOMANIA boasted a great title track plus a pained single “NO WAY OUT,” gathering nearly 14 million-plus Spotify streams.
In the midst of the Global Pandemic, The Word Alive continued to write and record, devoting time to redefining the sound for the next era.
“We set the standard so much higher,” Telle goes on. “We spent a lot of time breaking down songs, rewriting them, and upping the intensity when they weren’t hitting the mark. Everything shifted, and it just drove the creative process into a new realm. It took a lot of concentration and energy, but it was worth it.”

For the first time, the band opted to collaborate with a trio of producers, namely Matt Good [Asking Alexandria, Sleeping With Sirens], Erik Ron [Godsmack, Bush, Nothing.Nowhere.], and Hiram Hernandez [D.R.U.G.S., Blessthefall]. “We took a ‘dream team’ approach with it,” the frontman says. “We captured the urgency we’ve always aimed for.”

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