The Word Alive announce Dark Matter

The Word Alive will release their fourth album titled Dark Matter on March 18.

The follow-up to 2014’s Real will be launched via Fearless, and the band have issued a short teaser of Trapped, the first single from the record. Hear it below. The full version will be out on January 8.

Frontman Telle Smith says: “Dark Matter is the result of our most in-depth writing and recording session we’ve done, and is something we consider to be our most dynamic and expansive album to date.

“This record completely defines and expresses who we are, and where we are going, taking the listener to the darkest and most honest places our band has dared to venture.”

To support the album, the US outfit have detailed a North American tour which kicks off in San Diego on February 19 and ends in Grand Prairie, Texas with Capture The Crown on March 20.

Dark Matter is available for pre-order in a variety of bundle packs.

Last month, Smith was injured stagediving at a gig in California. He suffered broken and fractured ribs and broke a bone in his back, forcing him to wear a brace. He hopes to be fully fit for the start of their live dates.

Dark Matter tracklist

  1. Dreamer
  2. Trapped
  3. Face To Face
  4. Sellout
  5. Insane
  6. Made This Way
  7. Suffocating
  8. Piece Of Me
  9. Branded
  10. Grunge
  11. Dark Matter
  12. Oxy

The Word Alive 2016 North American tour

Feb 19: San Diego Soma, CA
Feb 20: Santa Ana The Observatory, CA
Feb 21: Sacramento Ace Of Spades, CA
Feb 23: Phoenix Joe’s Grotto, AZ
Feb 24: El Paso Tricky Falls, TX
Feb 26: Denver The Summit Music Hall, CO
Feb 27: Lawrence The Bottleneck, KS
Feb 28: Minneapolis Skyway Theatre, MN
Mar 01: St Louis The Ready Room, MO
Mar 02: Cleveland Agora Theatre And Ballroom, OH
Mar 03: Chicago The Bottom Lounge, IL
Mar 04: Millvale Mr Small’s Theatre, PA
Mar 05: Pontiac The Crofoot Ballroom, MI
Mar 06: Toronto Mod Club, ON
Mar 08: New York The Gramercy Theatre, NY
Mar 09: Philadelphia Theatre Of Living Arts, PA
Mar 10: Clifton Park Upstate Concert Hall, NY
Mar 11: Worcester The Palladium, MA
Mar 12: Baltimore Sound Stage, MD
Mar 13: Greensboro Greene Street Club, NC
Mar 14: Atlanta The Masquerade, GA
Mar 15: Tampa The Orpheum, FL
Mar 16: Pensacola Vinyl Music Hall, FL
Mar 18: San Antonio Alamo City Music Hall, TX
Mar 19: Houston Walters Downtown, TX
Mar 20: Grand Prairie Quiktrip Park, TX (With Capture The Crown)

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