Craft Recordings is pleased to announce the first-ever vinyl edition of The Word Alive’s debut EP Empire. Originally released in 2009, the six-track set from Phoenix, AZ’s The Word Alive turns 10 this year. This reissue will be available August 2 and includes fan favorites such as “Battle Royale,” “Quit While You’re Ahead,” and “Casanova Rodeo.”

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Empire highlights the singular sound the band has maintained for over a decade. It’s considered to be one of the definitive debut works in the modern post-hardcore genre. The EP was met with critical acclaim upon its initial release, with SputnikMusic stating the band “intends on being the emperors and have set the bar for how a post-hardcore band should sound.”

Since the beginning, The Word Alive have steadily maintained a course towards the forefront of alternative music and continue the upward trajectory with each album they release. With Empire, the Phoenix-based band—Tyler “Telle” Smith [vocals], Zack Hansen [guitars], Tony Pizzuti [guitars], Matt Horn [drums] and Ryan Daminson [bass]— toss and turn between visceral metallic power and entrancing emotionality, encased in swathes of otherworldly electronics.

This first pressing also celebrates the 25th anniversary of their frontline label home Fearless Records. Every month on the 25th, Fearless will be releasing limited edition vinyl from current and alumni artists. Stay tuned for more #Fearless25th news including special vinyl releases, unique events, contests and more.

The Word Alive will be doing a full U.S. co-headling tour this summer with Miss May. Click here to view the full tour schedule. 

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