Hello friends! Its been a while since my last post, but between buying a new computer and a busy summer, I am back. I am going to switch it up today and focus on a music genre I have not talked much about. And what genre is that? Metal. Many people are turned off by the metal genre, thinking it is scary or too loud. Indeed, it can be frightening to many music listeners; I myself was in that boat of not being into the metal scene, but after growing up a little and truly wanting to be emerged in the rock music scene I delved into the genre. I found what kind of sounds I like, and realized I like the harder vocals and chords. I especially like the sub-genres of metal core, post hardcore, and nu metal. I found bands whose lyrics had power, purpose, and emotion and one of those bands that I found possesses all of these qualities . This band is Arizona based band The Word Alive. The five piece band with frontman Telle Smith encompasses all of metal core and post hardcore qualities. I personally like a melody and harmony and not straight screaming. Smith mixes it up by not just screaming but also singing. It shows he is versatile and has different dimensions to his voice. Smith is accompanied by drummer Luke Holland, who is an extraordinary drummer and guitarists Zack Hansen, Tony Pizzuti, and bassist Daniel Shapiro. Not only does this band perfectly capture the instrumental aspect of metal core, but their lyrics are something to be commended as well. TWA’s lyrics are empowering and they want to let you know that if you are feeling down, having a rough day, or just need to to vent it out, they want you to know that you are not alone. They tell you through their lyrics that they are with you and can help you out. TWA’s lyrics are self-empowering and relatable. The lyrics plus the heavy instrumental equals the perfect post hardcore band that people should totally listen to. TWA is one of my favorite bands and if you follow the guys on social media, you can see that they are down to earth and fun. Their latest album Dark Matter which was released back in March is a great album and fully captures the message of what TWA is all about. If TWA sounds like a band you may like, you should check out their other albums and songs. A personal favorite of mine is “Life Cycles” from the Life Cycles album, released in 2012. If you are not sure if you would be into The Word Alive, then listen to this song and maybe your perception will change. In my suggested playlists tab, I will post a metal core playlist of some of my favorites. I’d love to know some of your favorites too! So leave a comment if you want, or not. It’s totally up to you.