Review Summary: The best we could expect.
It's been a while, Sputnik. I've been busy as hell (at least too busy to write reviews) and thought i'd come back with a quicky right in the morning here before I embark on the day's activities. Why I think you care, I have no idea, but you just read it so it doesn't matter anyways. I've obviously been listening to Dead Throne
a lot recently.
TD-wop is another band with a beginning that attracted many fans but by the time they got to the middle of their careers, relative to their longevity as a band so far, they released something that those fans didn't quite approve of as much and that critics pounced on like a *Jew joke here*. I, on the other hand, believe that although With Roots Above And Branches Below
was fodder in the eyes of a critic, it was a staple to true fanhood. The release of Zombie
signified a turn for the band but not quite anything more technical or creative.
This brings me to Dead Throne
. The record kicks off instantly showcasing a more full sound without constant interruptions by Jeremy DePoyster. Dead Throne
erased any doubts of Mike Hranica as the lead vocalist, as he uses his range to fit the mood of each song. He brings yells and digitally distorted talking into the mix to fill songs like Chicago and Kansas without changing the feel too much by using DePoyster's clean vocals. The album flows violently through kicking tracks like R.I.T., Forever Decay, Constance, and Pretenders, and subtly through the more melancholy Mammoth, Kansas, My Questions, Holdfast, and Chicago. The rhythm dominates the flow of the album as the lead guitar provides the unique quality of each song. Every track on the album has been crafted to be just as fun as the first time you've listened to it, and has picked up every broken piece left by it's preceding releases.
In Dead Throne
we got what we expected, but in the best way possible. Prada has always had the potential to do this, but they're one of the few bands with this sound that have capitalized. They continuously secure their brand as one of the great metalcore groups of today by having such memorable releases in the eyes of long time fans as well as the keen-eyed critics.