The Devil Wears Prada
Plagues


3.5
great

Review

by Spec USER (44 Reviews)
July 11th, 2010 | 37 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The album is no classic, but offers a solid list of metal-core songs.

The Devil Wears Prada is a metalcore band from Dayton, Ohio. Every member in the band is a devout Christian and makes that obvious in some of the songs. The bands name derives from a novel with the same title, it was also made into a movie but at that point, it was too late for them to change their name. The meaning behind it is one of anti-materialism.

The first thing the listener hears when they insert Plagues into their cd player (or starts up their torrent) is another time wasting "epic" intro. At one point I loved it but most bands seem intent on starting their album with a throw away interlude or just plain silence. Regardless of my personal interests, it would be unfair to judge against them because of such a little thing. "Goats on a boat" then begins and we are met with the bands main vocalist Mike Hranica. Now anyone who had heard the bands previous stuff would instantly notice a tremendous improvement in Mike's screaming vocals. They sound more natural and less forced, plus the lows and highs both sound equally amazing. The instruments are all on par with the tortured screams spat out by Mike and the drummer does a good job keeping things interesting up until the much expected clean vocals part. Jeremy DePoyster really hits those high notes well and does a very good job making his vocals stand out.
The album itself never lets up as there are no interludes in the whole thing. Maybe a few quieter keyboard parts but thats it. The problems in the album don't lie on any individuals shoulders, just the band as a whole. It seems every song follows almost the exact same formula and even though they are executed well, it really doesn't offer the listener anything new from the endless list of modern metalcore bands. I would still recommend the album to those looking into this genre of music. Though not much different, few other bands can have this particular sound yet keep each song sounding different. The screaming on this album is nothing short of superb.

"Dont dink and drance" is a stand out song for me as it offers many time changes and top-notch instrumentals. "The scorpion deathlock" also features a crushing breakdown that takes every stereotype from the genre and somehow make it fun. "Plagues" also features guest vocals from ex-Chiodos vocalist, Craig Owens.

Whether you like it or not, "Plagues" will at least catch your attention. Its no classic in itself but offers a solid list of metal-core songs that are catchy, heavy and fun.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Spec
July 11th 2010


27298 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

A quick write up, I just think this album receives too much criticism as it is TDWP's only good release.


Ire
July 11th 2010


41829 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

lol

adhoc
July 11th 2010


216 Comments


Did a good job. Pretty much sums it up, its not great but not terrible.

Drunk
July 11th 2010


231 Comments


Good length, not much more to say

Obfuscation24
July 11th 2010


3939 Comments


Pretty good review man, even though I disagree with the lol-worthy rating

Spec
July 11th 2010


27298 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks! Its not terrible.

ShadowRemains
July 11th 2010


21616 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

hate this band

decent review though

Dryden
July 11th 2010


13258 Comments


horrible band

BallsToTheWall
July 11th 2010


44805 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Im gonna stab your heads off....with my dick.

Digging: Pink Turns Blue - If Two Worlds Kiss

Ire
July 11th 2010


41829 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

page just got super elite

Obfuscation24
July 11th 2010


3939 Comments


*gasp*

Spec
July 11th 2010


27298 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I really like the screaming on this album. Their other albums suck.

Bitchfork
July 11th 2010


7584 Comments


Goats Hung on Rope?

BallsToTheWall
July 11th 2010


44805 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Bloods going to come out of your head there's nothing you can do about it because....im a madman!!!!

bloc
July 11th 2010


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I like HTML Rulez D00d a bit

TRMshadow
July 11th 2010


4982 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Good job getting your point across, though it feels as though you might be lying to yourself several times throughout the review (eg; "the lows and highs both sound equally amazing").

pos'd

Obfuscation24
July 11th 2010


3939 Comments


Only song I like on here is Reptar, and that's more of I like the song name than the song itself hahah

RosaParks
July 11th 2010


15047 Comments


The ending breakdown of HTML Rulez d00d was my ringtone for awhile.

Then I turned 11.....



















loljk

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
July 11th 2010


19063 Comments


"Oh and get a copy of Moby Dick."

"The book or the movie?"

"They made a book out of that?"

Digging: Objekt - Objekt #2

BallsToTheWall
July 11th 2010


44805 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Such a great movie.



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