The Word Alive’s Tony Pizzuti: 5 Albums That Changed My Life

Metalcore veterans the Word Alive are set to release their sixth album, Monomania, on February 21st via Fearless Records. (Stream lead single “Burning Your World Down” here). The album title means an “exaggerated or obsessive enthusiasm for or preoccupation with one thing” — an apt description of the band’s 12-year career so far, which has seen them doggedly dedicated to making high-intensity music and playing cathartic live shows. Ahead of the big release date, we caught up with guitarist Tony Pizzuti to find out what albums changed his life, both personally and creatively, setting him on his path and influencing him to this day.

Rufio – Perhaps, I Suppose

[This album] had a big impression on me. The guitars were innovative during that era, especially the intro riff to “Above Me.” I actually tried out and got picked for my first band by playing that riff. If it wasn’t for them — or that album — I may have never been in a band.

Slipknot – Slipknot

A huge reason why I wanted to play heavy music. The chaotic energy of that album stood out to me. I’ll never forget the first time I heard the song “(Sic)” or that iconic double kick.

Deftones – White Pony

Made a huge impact on my life as an aspiring musician. Listening to that album made me feel things I never felt before. From the dynamics in the vocals to the instruments, I felt influenced to experiment more with the way I wrote my music.

Glassjaw – Worship and Tribute

Hands down one of my favorite records of all time. This band has always held a special place in my heart. I’ve met and made so many friends over our mutual love of their music. They are one of those bands that changed the game. The originality they showed and continue to show inspires me to consistently try different things.

As Cities Burn – Son I loved You at Your Darkest

A timeless favorite of mine. Cody Bonnette’s style of playing guitar has heavily shaped the way that I play. His phrasing, pull-offs, hammer-ons and slides are distinctly characterized throughout the album. You can especially hear his influence on me on our first EP, Empire.