The Devil Wears Prada
Dead Throne


4.0
excellent

Review

by Joseph F. Smith USER (3 Reviews)
August 26th, 2011 | 35 replies | 4,872 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If they can pull this off, why can't the rest of their bro-down brethren?

5 of 14 thought this review was well written

The Devil Wears Prada. What kind of band does that sound like to you? Some run of the mill generic metalcore band? According to most, you would be right........

Until now.

Try to imagine a band stuck in limbo. Stuck in a perpetual sea of mediocrity and just plain blandness. Calling them “good” is just a little too much praise, while saying they suck is a little too harsh. They are stuck in that area that many bands do, and never really progress out of it and just stay in the comfort spot, churning out the same riffs and vocal styles. Now imagine if that band decided to actually try to put effort and energy into their next album and not just place the same recycled riffs and vocal parts for the umpteenth time.

The Devil Wears Prada did just that with their newest and fifth full length.

While listening to this absolute surprise of metalcore delight, remember this is still the same band, so a few pitfalls of the scene still remain. However, they have tightened up their sound to the point where it’s really not even funny. The production courtesy of Adam D. is simply incredible, you really cannot ask for better production on a metalcore album. The breakdowns are heavy as all hell, the clean sections sound crisp, clear, and simply beautiful.

The album has one downfall, and that is the fact that the songs do kind of blend into one another at points and their isn’t too much variation. The amount of variation present as a whole is a lot better than most of their peers though. The vocals are a lot like their most recent EP, Zombie EP, and most people will still be hit or miss with Mr. Hranica. However, their are some nice surprises such as the instrumental Kansas, which is a really cool interlude with awesome melodies and atmosphere. The album also has a very djent feel, with most of the songs having a pounding beat/rhythm. This makes the album flow very well actually and the band hasn’t seen this kind of focus in well, ever.

In the end, you really couldn’t of asked for a better album from the band. The cleans improved greatly, the guitarists use melodies and heavy breakdowns to create a very dark and cool atmosphere to the entire album. I’ve never been a huge fan of these guys, but what they have done with this release makes me really optimistic for the future of the genre. If they can pull this off, why can’t the rest of their bro-down brethren? That’s easy, most of them could, but until they have the realization The Devil Wears Prada probably had, this band will remain a beacon of hope for the genre from this day forward.


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  • P.J. Quinones (4)
    The best we could expect....

    averyheath (4)
    All in all, this album is the best TDWP album to date. They have worked and progressed and...

    mas westman (4.5)
    "Glory to the patient and to those who have hope. We will not be forgotten."...

    YetAnotherBrick (2.5)
    Improvement doesn't mean that much when you weren't that good to begin with. Oh, and this ...

  • Caleb McAlpine (2.5)
    Moving just a bit higher on the metalcore food-chain....

    taxidermist (3.5)
    A huge step up from one of the most inconsistent bands in the metalcore scene....


Comments:Add a Comment 
FilthyBorgir
August 26th 2011



1334 Comments


hmmmm it seems this band will get too much credit with this album.

judging by ratings and now review.

chesse13
August 26th 2011



2479 Comments


that was quick

HaloDude442
August 26th 2011



692 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i def wrote this in about 15 mins haha. i can feel the negs

YetAnotherBrick
August 26th 2011



4409 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

is this review gonna stay up? i thought you couldn't post reviews this early before the release of the album

Maniac!
August 26th 2011



26250 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

so rushed that even reads like it was rushed

Maniac!
August 26th 2011



26250 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"is this review gonna stay up? i thought you couldn't post reviews this early before the release of the album"

You can review when the band streams the album

YetAnotherBrick
August 26th 2011



4409 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

oh, cool. didn't know that. thanks haha

Narshh
August 26th 2011



1186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Good points, rushed review

HaloDude442
August 26th 2011



692 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'll prolly edit it in the future. If I would've taken more time I think it would be much better.

Album is awesome btw

TechieCore
August 26th 2011



662 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Average metalcore album, as to be expected with any TDWP release. His vocals get on my God damn nerves.

HaloDude442
August 26th 2011



692 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Trimmed up the review a little bit, slightly shorter and with no cursing lol.

Waior
August 26th 2011



11451 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

I would wait the album out a little longer next time

iGuter
August 26th 2011



347 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

You're absolutely right and I love your assessment on bands that have tried and done the same thing this band has revolutionized everything.

Digging: The New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers

HaloDude442
August 26th 2011



692 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good idea, i was basically writing this 10 mins after i listened to the album.

This review was so rushed, my other review seems actually good compared lol

Waior
August 26th 2011



11451 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

It's not a bad review by any means, trust me - but it could've had a touch more insight/weight were it given a little more time to spend with the album. Just edit it as you keep listening, I suppose..

HaloDude442
August 26th 2011



692 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Will do, I didn't really go into any of the songs besides the interlude now that i look at it

Hopeland
August 26th 2011



275 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

album is worth all the hype.

Leatherneck
August 26th 2011



660 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i don't get all the praise, i mean it doesn't suck on TDWP standards, but it's an average metalcore album, and metalcore bar isn't set that high, Misery Signals and Botch are pretty beatable

YetAnotherBrick
August 26th 2011



4409 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

^HAHA, no. nooope.

HaloDude442
August 26th 2011



692 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I see what you are saying, I was just thinking more of the realm of "scene" metalcore when i was comparing it to the genre



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