The Devil Wears Prada
8:18


4.0
excellent

Review

by spartanawasp USER (4 Reviews)
September 18th, 2013 | 173 replies


Release Date: 09/07/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Holy Peanut Butter, Jelly is an abomination (In the Shadow of If-I-had-staff-powers-I-would-have-given-this-a-3.7)

3.7/5

I never really understood the appeal of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I mean, who even thought about combining these two? There’s no synergy between them. Not that I don’t mind when people make me a sandwich (unless it has tomato in it, that’s just downright gross), since I just proceed to take the peanut butter part and eat it; however, me, being the absolute klutz that I am, ended up smearing some peanut butter over my iPhone screen. And there it was, right as my iPhone got synchronized with my computer, 8:18. I forgot I had gotten it. Jackpot, I guess?

I gave the album a listen as my first wholesome TDWP album, as I had only heard their singles until then. And the first things everybody and their grandma will notice are Mike Hranica’s screams, or the lack of them. Hranica wheezes, yells and growls his way through the album but it’s clear from the very first track, Gloom, that he isn’t able to scream his lungs out like before. Take the ending of both tracks, War and Martyrs. He does (read: tries) his best to finish these songs on a sustained scream, but it simply comes out as wheezy as me after smoking 1 cigarette and as awkward as meeting your mother’s new boyfriend. It just isn’t right.

And you might ask yourself, what are the positives on this album? As Mike here screams his way through 80% of the album’s length. Well, let me tell you, everything else. It’s on insanely good tracks like Care More, which could easily be the best track TDWP has ever done, that the band shines as bright as tin foil hats. It’s quite an electronically drenched affair, with clean singer Jeremy DePoyster slightly drowned while backed up with subtle instrumentation. It also features one of the best performances of the screamer, with him coming halfway through the length to great effect. It’s songs like these, the Underoath-esque 8:18 and Sailor’s Prayer (one of the heavier cuts of the album, possessing a great fade-out) that shows how much TDWP has improved since their Dear Love days.

And while Hranica might be the weakest link here, Jeremy absolutely carries the band, with the soaring chorus of First Sight showing his greatly-improved clean singing. Instrumentation has never been big on the group (‘cept for the crazy chugs) and here’s mostly the same matter, and while the album has its fair deal of chugga-chugga (i.e. Rumors) Williams, Trick and Rubey assume a subtle approach of not-really-showing-off, taking a backseat to the singing and the (used to great effect here) synth.

The Devil Wears Prada has the potential to be one of the better bands of the “scene” right now, showing an improvement over their past record, and while they still need to work out some stuff (I’m looking at you, Hranica), 8:18 is their best work to date, and (hopefully) a sign of better things to come from the group. Now if somebody could tell me how I also apparently got Holy Wood (the Manson album) and why is it right above 8:18, you know, despite my albums being organized alphabetically, that’d be great.


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SlipperyQ (2.5)
This album is worth listening to if you like The Devil Wears Prada. Overall if your new to this band...

fednecis (4.5)
Redemption...

MetalHead03 (3)
If Dead Throne and Zombie EP met, and had a baby.....


Comments:Add a Comment 
spartanawasp
September 17th 2013


303 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fairly quick write, I think it's good.

oltnabrick
September 17th 2013


30904 Comments


Review Summary: Holy Peanut Butter, Jelly is an abomination (In the Shadow of If-I-had-staff-powers-I-would-have-given-this-a-3.7)


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spartanawasp
September 17th 2013


303 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I thought it was clever, since the Manson reference at the end...

sixdegrees
September 17th 2013


17149 Comments


very clever you did good

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mindleviticus
September 17th 2013


8237 Comments


lol

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DotNine
September 17th 2013


137 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Lol this band.

spartanawasp
September 17th 2013


303 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They're pretty good if you give them a chance.

Edit: Well, this, Dead Throne and Zombie, the others aren't very good.

none
September 17th 2013


1100 Comments


this band can fuck itself so hard its stomach comes out its mouth

oltnabrick
September 17th 2013


30904 Comments


Rules m/

spartanawasp
September 17th 2013


303 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That's not nice.

Treeman
September 17th 2013


1223 Comments


what is worj you should fix that

but i mean this is better than the other review so i wont neg but it kinda needs some work yeah

spartanawasp
September 17th 2013


303 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I did do this in Word, so I don't think there is any (major) grammatical error.

AfterTheBreakdown
September 17th 2013


7147 Comments


I hated the singles but not a bad album.

spartanawasp
September 17th 2013


303 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

YES IT'S ANDCAS

spartanawasp
September 17th 2013


303 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is already default? Awesome.

spartanawasp
September 17th 2013


303 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

How did everyone hate Dead Throne, it's sitting at 3.4, that's pretty good.

billybacksplat
September 18th 2013


26 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Mike wanted his vocals to sound the way they do. He isnt losing his voice, he just wanted it to sound this way, out of breath and what not, more raw.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2z2tiLqgEQo&feature=c4-overview-vl&list=PLC771123D33353768

he explains it here.

spartanawasp
September 18th 2013


303 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

His reason doesn't really matter, they still sound awful.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 18th 2013


50446 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

"How did everyone hate Dead Throne, it's sitting at 3.4, that's pretty good."

To me 3.4 is dogshit, I've only heard a few albums with an average that low worth hearing. I guess if you're into shitty mallcore, lots of those album are around 2.7-3.4

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adr
September 18th 2013


2608 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

don't agree with Mike statements at all, also can't see many arguments for the rating... i mean it's a fair rating for me, but you cleary not say much WHY this is excellent expect some statements for jeremy singing. And Care More is your favourite song of the album? srsly?



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