The Devil Wears Prada
Dead Throne


4.5
superb

Review

by mas westman USER (12 Reviews)
August 27th, 2011 | 100 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Glory to the patient and to those who have hope. We will not be forgotten."

Progression - (n.) gradual advancement: a gradual change or advancement from one state to another.

Progression is a beautiful thing, really. To see something continue to get better and better and evolve into something groundbreaking with each thing that is accomplished. The Devil Wears Prada have always been a band that most music elitists have struggled to get into, for multiple reasons, and with good reason. They've never really been a band to separate themselves from anything any other band has ever done, making them nothing special, and really just "another band." You all know the bands I'm talking about, right? They really aren't hard to distinguish from each other.. The ones that have cheesy one liners that appear on shirts that you see at your local Hot Topic store, the chugging breakdowns that are frustratingly simple and make scenie-boppers believe that Jesus Christ is showing himself through them, the never changing "intro, verse, chorus, verse, chorus, breakdown, chorus" song structures, etc. The Devil Wears Prada fit almost perfectly into that regime up until the release of 2010's Zombie EP, in which they presented themselves as a metalcore band trying to branch out and actually start to BE somebody. Zombie EP was something that nobody expected to be and that nobody thought The Devil Wears Prada had the potential to do. While flawed, Zombie EP was a new beginning for TDWP. Enter August of 2011, a little over a year after Zombie EP, and you have Dead Throne. The question that fans of the previous release, myself included, all had weighing on their minds was very simple: Where will The Devil Wears Prada go from here?

The Devil Wears Prada had said while recording this album that they wanted to have a perfect blend of the elements that made 2009's With Roots Above and Branches Below so successful, as well as the dark and heavy vibe given off by the Zombie EP. It takes guts for a band to completely abandon the sound that got them popular in the first place, and while not COMPLETELY abandoning the With Roots sound, they have very successfully made Dead Throne into exactly what they wanted it to be, and exactly everything that With Roots should have been. Just listening to the first song on the album, "Dead Throne", the progression is sewn within each dark and orchestral note played by synth player James Baney, every minor scale harmony played by guitarists Jeremy Depoyster and Chris Rubey, and every fast paced drum fill played by Daniel Williams. Just by listening to the first song, you can hear an improvement of every aspect from TDWP, especially on the vocal front. Mike Hranica has most certainly made a name for himself with the release of Dead Throne by writing better vocal patterns, heavily Thursday influenced yells, and dark and extremely angry, yet great, lyrics.

However, with the vast evolution of lead vocalist Mike Hranica, the award for "Most Improved Vocalist" goes to guitarist and clean vocalist Jeremy Depoyster. Jeremy used to be one of the reasons TDWP used to be so generic, with his lack of range and unpassionate lyrics randomly thrown in on top of some chord progression. On Dead Throne, he has quite a few shining moments, most especially the chorus of the 9th track "Forever Decay." Chaotic and at breakneck speed, Jeremy Depoysters shows off the range he never showed any capability of having with his lines "What does this mean? Where did it go? All is best, all is lost." With the faster and more agressive tracks on the album (see Vengeance, R.I.T., Forever Decay, and Constance), you also have the more melodic songs, including an instrumental track entitled "Kansas." The guitarists show off something they did quite frequently on With Roots with ambient leads and soft melodies on tracks such as My Questions, Kansas, Chicago, and Holdfast. Mike Hranica easily has his vocal highlight on song "Chicago," with his perfectly placed yells on top of his unique high pitched scream that he's always been associated with. On this album, and on "Chicago" especially, TDWP put something into their songwriting that was severely lacked on their previous releases: passion.

It's honestly hard to say when this album is at it's strongest points. Songs such as "R.I.T." have the extremely aggressive breakdowns and quite complimentary synth leads, while songs like "My Questions" show the more melodic side of TDWP. The answer to this is when they combine those two styles into a completely instrumental track entitled "Kansas," which could very easily be the best song that TDWP has ever written. This song has an extremely atmospheric synth part played that fits near flawlessly on top of the ambient guitar leads written by Jeremy and Chris. TDWP is at their best when they step out of their comfort zone and branch out to different styles of guitar and synth writing. The eleventh track, "Constance," has what can be called the best riff that TDWP has ever written after the first chorus. "Constance" is the most consistent and quite easily the best overall song on Dead Throne, as it also features Tim Lambesis, vocalist from metalcore outfit As I Lay Dying. Say what you want about As I Lay Dying, but Tim's low screams compliment the end of "Constance" extremely well, and makes that song one of the best that TDWP has ever put out.

So here it is: How to progress and make a name for yourself in the botomless pit known as the metalcore scene, brought to you by The Devil Wears Prada. Making Joey Sturgis step down and co-produce and letting the legendary producer Adam Dutkiewicz step up to the plate and be at the driver's seat, he most certainly made it clear that Dead Throne marks the second step in a new beginning by TDWP, the first step being Zombie EP. With Zombie EP being such a deciding factor in the new dark sound that TDWP has illustrated in Dead Throne, one can only hope that they use the same formula and progress even more with future releases.

I blame myself, and it’s not the first time. You see me for what I am: Damaged.
Turn your back now: I will bask in the blackness of my darkest days...


Recommended Tracks:
Vengeance, R.I.T., Kansas, Chicago, My Questions, Constance, Forever Decay.



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loveisamixtape
August 27th 2011


6274 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is easily the longest review i've ever written

inb4 "this has too many reviews"
inb4 being neg'd because of my rating

RosaParks
August 27th 2011


15049 Comments


you forgot:
inb4 people neg you because you told them not to

someguest
August 27th 2011


21390 Comments


I'm on a pretty big synth kick at the moment, so I'll probably give this a listen sometime tonight.

Adam Dutkiewicz is the man.

Digging: Pet Shop Boys - Please

loveisamixtape
August 27th 2011


6274 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i haven't told anyone not to neg this, haha. it's kind of implyed that i don't enjoy being neg'd, but i haven't stated that anywhere that i can remember

loveisamixtape
August 27th 2011


6274 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

and yeah man, check it out at the very least. adam d did a great job producing this album

Waior
August 27th 2011


11461 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

good review mate

loveisamixtape
August 27th 2011


6274 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thank you sir, to you as well.

also, i love your dig. that album is so sexy

Pharoh
August 27th 2011


3325 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Wow amazing review.

AutoPOSI

This album certainly is darker than their previous releases.
There is a huge improvement present since the branches album.




bloc
August 27th 2011


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Dude what the hell I thought you were saying this was gonna suck ;)

loveisamixtape
August 27th 2011


6274 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

haha year of the dead throne, i was right in my eyes ;p

how are you liking this so far blocyyyyyyyyy?

and thanks for the pos man!

Proworks31
August 27th 2011


334 Comments


Your intro is jizz-worthy.
Haven't listened to this album yet.
Pos.

bloc
August 27th 2011


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Haven't heard it yet unfortunately

Pharoh
August 27th 2011


3325 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Bloc I thought I heard you say you gonna review this album somewhere, is that true?

bloc
August 27th 2011


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Haha, it was on YetAnotherBrick's review because everyone was commenting about there being 4 reviews in a row for it.

However, it was just a joke.

RosaParks
August 27th 2011


15049 Comments


bloc write reviews plz

loveisamixtape
August 27th 2011


6274 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

awwww i got a neg

shocking

taxidermist
August 27th 2011


7212 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review bro! Pos.

loveisamixtape
August 27th 2011


6274 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thank you very much, good sirs.

loveisamixtape
August 27th 2011


6274 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

All of you that keep negging, give me one good reason besides "I disagree with your rating" that you neg'd me. I'm
curious.

I rated it a 4.5 and I backed it up.

AtavanHalen
August 27th 2011


17927 Comments


HEY GUYS I'VE GOT A GREAT IDEA WHY DON'T WE REVIEW THE NEW DEVIL WEARS PRADA RECORD



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