THE WORD ALIVE x League Of Legends release ‘Rise (Redux)’



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Following the release of 2023s full-length album Hard ResetTHE WORD ALIVE have released their version of ‘Rise’, a single taken from the most played and most watched video game of all time, and part of the soundtrack for gaming sensation League of Legends. The original (2018) features vocals from the band’s vocalist Telle Smith as well as The Glitch Mob and Mako, is certified Gold and has amassed over 440M streams.

Watch the lyric video for ‘Rise (Redux)’ here.
Stream ‘Rise (Redux)’ here.

On the new rendition of ‘Rise (Redux)’, Telle states:
“Back in 2018 I received an email asking if I had any interest in working with Riot Games Music to help create the 2018 League Of Legends Worlds Anthem. Little did I know that email would change my life, and lead to some of the most amazing friendships and career defining moments of my life. ‘Rise’ became the second biggest worlds anthem in esports history, and a staple amongst not just gamers but music fans world wide. I’m honoured to play a role in ‘Rise’, but we were always asked over the years if we would make “our own” version. With the 5 year anniversary we decided to go into the studio and give fans exactly what they’ve asked for as a thank you for all of the amazing memories. I hope you enjoy our ‘Rise (Redux)’!”


As well as being the most played and most watched video game of all time, the franchise boasts a bigger roaster that includes fashion, gaming, music, and a Netflix anime TV series; Arcane. In South Korea each year, League of Legends hosts WORLDS in their 25,000 seated arena, the annual world championships of professional League of Legends players.

This gargantuan event also commissions a new yearly WORLDS theme song and anthem, of which THE WORLD ALIVE were asked to be apart of in 2018, with PVRIS, Imagine Dragons, Lil Nas X and Against the Current being previous collaborators. In 2023, Telle was invited again to perform the track as part of anniversary celebrations, where viewing figures exceeded 440M+, making 2023’s WORLDS the most watched e-sports event ever.

THE WORD ALIVE – ‘Rise’ (League of Legends)
THE WORD ALIVE – ‘Hard Reset’
Album ArtworkTrack Listing:

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. Statis Rain
11. Invisible Army
12. Nocturnal Future
13. War With You (Ft. From First to Last)

We advance by breaking boundaries. THE WORD ALIVE alchemise 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 440 million Spotify streams alone and reached RIAA Gold status. The band also toured with everyone from Motionless In White and Wage War to StarsetBeartooth 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.

Band Members:
Telle Smith – vocals / guitars
Zack Hansen – guitars / programming
Daniel Nelson – drums

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