The Devil Wears Prada
Dead Throne


3.5
great

Review

by taxidermist USER (16 Reviews)
August 26th, 2011 | 117 replies | 8,256 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A huge step up from one of the most inconsistent bands in the metalcore scene.

37 of 38 thought this review was well written

“Our early material was dumb, plain and simple, and moving away from that, I think we've grown into smarter, more creative riffs, along with easier to follow songs. It's things like that that mark the evolution of TDWP.”

It takes guts for a band to swallow their pride and admit that they haven’t made a record up to par with their songwriting abilities. The Devil Wears Prada chugged their way onto the scene with their debut album, Dear Love: A Beautiful Discord, back in 2006 and a mere year later released their sophomore LP Plagues. In that short span of time, it’d be hard for any band to make a good follow up to anything. TDWP had their chance at redemption with their third LP, With Roots Above and Branches Below, but failed to keep anyone’s attention. The release of the Zombie EP in 2010 marked a new beginning for TDWP. Gone were the days of horrible song titles and misplaced breakdowns. Instead, they re-invented themselves as a band that actually cared what they sounded like and wanted to be known as more than that Christian metalcore band with the “cool breakdowns.”

Dead Throne follows in the footsteps of the Zombie EP by being a lot more aggressive than it’s predecessors. Instead of mindless chugging and random breakdowns followed by a cheesy synth-line, TDWP now come with a much more complete/tighter sound than before. The first half of the album is just a straightforward Zombie style assault and a big middle finger to anybody who has doubted them before. Dead Throne shows that TDWP can be more than a one trick pony and actually write creative music while still maintaining the heavy feel to their music without throwing breakdowns everywhere. Halfway through the album, you could say the listener gets a “break” and the slower, more melodic track Kansas plays before continuing with the album's single, Born to Lose. The second half is definitely the strongest part of the album with tracks such as Chicago, that show a band who isn’t afraid to step out of their comfort zone and slow down a bit, and then follow with a heavier track like Constance. Hranica’s shrill screams and brutal low’s carry the album throughout, and the band follows suit by being keeping up the momentum throughout the album.

Of the overall improvement of the band as a whole, one of the highlights of the album are vocalist Mike Hranica’s vocals, which come across as very angry, but at the same time brutally emotional and honest. Dead Throne doesn’t follow one concept, but one of the themes the album did follow was “anti-idolatry.” Hranica has spoken about the album, saying:

"Dead Throne" is the title track, and it opens the record. It's the idea of putting up our idols, heroes, and entities we worship onto a figurative throne. Those things won't stay up there, and they're not meant to be up there. That idea behind Dead Throne is making kings out of things that shouldn't be kings.”

Though some people may not put them up on a pedestal and idolize them as kings of metalcore, Dead Throne is definitely a standout LP for 2011’s metalcore scene and a testament that band’s can change and become a powerful force. TDWP re-defined their sound to make a very interesting release that will capture the attention of many, and attract plenty of new fans from a different musical background. Give Dead Throne a listen; you might be surprised to like a lot of what TDWP has to offer.



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taxidermist
August 26th 2011



7203 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

UGH, my first review (never thought I'd write one). Slaughter me.

Also, here's an official stream of the album http://www.deadthrone.com/

HaloDude442
August 26th 2011



693 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

damn someone besides me already reviewed this. i predict many reviews to come lol

good review, better than mine and somehow does not read rushed



RosaParks
August 26th 2011



14848 Comments


italicize album names

taxidermist
August 26th 2011



7203 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I originally planned to start it last night, but I feel like I had to rush it once the stream was announced this morning.

taxidermist
August 26th 2011



7203 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"italicize album names"

I wrote it on microsoft word and DID Italicize them, but I guess It didn't do when I copy/pasted. Gotta go do it now.

Ire
August 26th 2011



41754 Comments


can't be a comeback if everything that came before was terrible

taxidermist
August 26th 2011



7203 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Their first wasn't really bad imo, but everything after that (excluding zombie) was really meh.

BassDemon333
August 26th 2011



3366 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Review is good, have a pos

Digging: Mudvayne - L.D. 50

Toadstool
August 26th 2011



136 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Great first review man! Completely agree with what you said about Mike's vocals. And thanks for explaining the whole Dead Throne thing, that gives me even more respect to them.

RobotJesus
August 26th 2011



432 Comments


I'm liking this album so far and the review is well written pos

taxidermist
August 26th 2011



7203 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I need help with the Italic's though. Would make it look a LOT better if I knew how to do it. Help?

CameronSetToKill
August 26th 2011



139 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review, posd

This is a really good album.

RosaParks
August 26th 2011



14848 Comments


[i] [ /i]
without the space

taxidermist
August 26th 2011



7203 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Alright, I'll try that. Thanks Rosa.

taxidermist
August 26th 2011



7203 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Fixed, looks a lot better now.

HaloDude442
August 26th 2011



693 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah everything is much more clearly defined

RosaParks
August 26th 2011



14848 Comments


yay tax :]

Toadstool
August 26th 2011



136 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

taxi, let's become friends. yes?

taxidermist
August 26th 2011



7203 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

YE YE YE YE YE YE YE YE.

I used to love this band in 2006 when Dear Love came out, but Plagues just killed me. I died on the inside, lol. I bought WRAaBB when it came out too. Also disappointing. Love that they've finally done something good.

taxidermist
August 26th 2011



7203 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"taxi, let's become friends. yes?"

HMMM...let's do it brah! lol.



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