The Devil Wears Prada
Zombie


4.0
excellent

Review

by mas westman USER (12 Reviews)
August 23rd, 2010 | 1280 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Zombie EP is exactly what TDWP needed to get back on the right track.

The Devil Wears Prada has all the makings of a generic metalcore band. The screams on top of clean vocals, the “chuga chuga” breakdowns, total lack of any technical guitar playing, ridiculous and immature song titles, etc. The band already has a terrible reputation amongst the respectable music community due to the fact that a majority of their fans are preteen scene kids who think that all of their music is a masterpiece. Ever since TDWP’s debut self titled LP, they’ve not done much to exclude themselves from the “generic metalcore” stereotype. The first time I saw any news regarding a new album from TDWP, I immediately thought that it would be no different then anything else they’ve ever put out. Whether it be the slightly above average Plagues or the slightly below average With Roots Above and Branches Below, I thought Zombie would be the same boring music that they’ve always put out. I literally laughed out loud at the thought of them doing a concept album about a zombie apocalypse, and I didn’t think they would be able to pull off something so… different.

As I clicked the play button to the opening track, “Escape” I was getting ready for the usual cringe-worthy screams and synths, but what I heard when the musical part kicked in was shockingly decent. The entire EP showcases something that this band has never shown they had any capability of showing with previous works, musical creativity. It flows brilliantly with perfectly placed clean vocals, ear shattering breakdowns, and special effects (skits, chainsaws, car alarms, etc.) that compliment the music making the entire thing extremely fun to listen to. The songs all transition into each other very well making the album seem whole. The special effects (soundbits, alarms) give the whole album a very eerie feel, and make it sound as if it would fit perfectly on the Dawn of the Dead soundtrack. For example, the song “Outnumbered” begins with soundbits of a Public Service Announcement stating the virus was spreading rapidly and how it was unavoidable, giving the album yet another fun, eerie touch.

From a musical standpoint, this is nothing amazing. There isn’t much technical work from the guitars, but it’s very fitting and complimentary towards the theme and structure of the album. The drumming is superb, and the breakdowns are some of the best I’ve ever heard from any band, especially the fast paced car alarm breakdown towards the end of “Escape.” The clean vocals have always been something I’ve liked about TDWP. Jeremy DePoyster’s high pitched vocals have always saved some of the cringe worthy screams produced by Mike Hranica, and DePoyster’s better on this album than he has been on recent works. For those who (like me) have always considered Hranica as an annoying screamer, this album may change some opinions. His screams have gotten miles better than they have been, and on this album there is a lot more low growling instead of the high-pitched scream he is more commonly associated with.

The Best Song

Outnumbered – This is the perfect representative song of this EP. Like I said before, it beings with an eerie Public Service Announcement regarding the virus spreading around the world, and from there the song escalates into a viciously heavy song about how to deal with the infection. The chorus is a vocal duo of Hranica’s high screams on top of DePoysters clean vocals, and it is very well orchestrated. The breakdown after the second chorus is one of the bands best, and it’s enough to bypass any other song from any other record they’ve ever made in terms of musical creativity and song structure.

The Bottom Line

This EP is the sound of a band pulling themselves away from the “generic” label and turning into a band that has a lot of future potential. This album is fast, it’s ridiculously heavy, it’s fun, and honestly… I could fight some fucking zombies while listening to it.

PROS- Massive vocal improvement, all the fun stuff (car alarms, chainsaws, skits), the ridiculously heavy breakdowns, and creativity that they’ve never shown in past works.

CONS- The sometimes annoying high screams from Hranica, there are some unnecessary parts to some of the songs (notably “Survior”). This should’ve been a full LP, and I have no idea why they didn’t make it longer. It could have been better as a full release.



3.7/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
loveisamixtape
August 23rd 2010


6272 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

ehhh can't settle on a 3.5 or a 4

Grimley313
August 23rd 2010


60 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review, although 4 is a bit high. Their best work without a doubt. Cannot wait to hear it live.

loveisamixtape
August 23rd 2010


6272 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

i'll just go back and forth between a 3.5 and 4, i can't decide

dnor
August 23rd 2010


3978 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

TDWP at it's best, but it's still kinda bad.

Nikkolae
August 23rd 2010


4870 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

i really like the way you wrote this review however i kinda disagree with you on some points, first of IMO this is the bands strongest effort but that isnt saying much however, since the instrumentation isnt that amazingly performed as to earn it a 4.5, skits? yeah they are kinda fun but can sometimes get a bit annoying (go ask killwhitneydead about that one), other than that, we are cool and i'll posd

Digging: Modern Witch - Unknown Domain

Fugue
August 23rd 2010


7354 Comments


Neat review, just a few things you can tidy up:

"The entire EP showcases something that this band has never showcased"

The repetition of the word is slightly irksome, just think of an alternative to replace one of them.

"The special effects (soundbits, alarms)"
"the song “Outnumbered” begins with soundbites "

Sound bites?

"on top of Depoysters clean vocals"

DePoyster's

Fix these minor points and I think you deserve a pos.

bloc
August 23rd 2010


35025 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yep, this is the best Prada

Grimley313
August 23rd 2010


60 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

In relation to TDWP making this just an EP, I read that they plan to use these songs on a full length album that they will produce next year.

Nikkolae
August 23rd 2010


4870 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

i really hope they wont, this is pretty neat as is...

loveisamixtape
August 23rd 2010


6272 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

fix'd yours Nikk. see if you like my wording better.

and thank you mutaded, fix'd everything. for some reason i hate proofing my own reviews, i always get someone else to do it. haha.

Fugue
August 23rd 2010


7354 Comments


No problem, I know what you mean about proofing too, when I finish a review I just want to post it.

Nikkolae
August 23rd 2010


4870 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

you didnt really needed it to lower your rating just cos i told you you should, but yeah i think the rating wont decive anyone and you wont have to deal with the bullshit they throw at you afterwords, atleast in this case anyways

loveisamixtape
August 23rd 2010


6272 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

well like i said in the first comment, i can't settle on a 3.5 or 4.
it feels righter as a 4, and a 4 agrees more with my review but i just can't decide. urrgh

loveisamixtape
August 23rd 2010


6272 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

and Escape is a very close second to the best song on this ep.

Groink
August 23rd 2010


778 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is pretty good. Nice review.

AbyssalCreation
August 23rd 2010


2044 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm surprised at how good this is.

loveisamixtape
August 23rd 2010


6272 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

caught me off guard as well.

TheFantasticDangler
August 23rd 2010


1174 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Their best, but still lame. I just cannot dig those vocals at all.

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beefshoes
August 23rd 2010


4353 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

If these guys got a different singer I think these guys would be a lot more solid.
I cannot stand the vocals on this release or the others at all :/

Digging: Christopher Lee - A Heavy Metal Christmas

AbyssalCreation
August 23rd 2010


2044 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I like his lows on this.



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