The Devil Wears Prada
Zombie


3.5
great

Review

by Beauville88 USER (84 Reviews)
August 25th, 2010 | 31 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A concept album about zombie devils wrecking havoc whilst wearing Prada…or something along those lines, anyway.

I must admit I’ve had bit of a rocky relationship with The Devil Wears Prada: I wasn’t too big a fan of their debut album, as I felt it was too raw and unrefined, but I found their sophomore effort Plagues to be a good mix of creativity and heaviness. And just when I thought they got the ball rolling, they checked their thinking caps at the door and created the terribly generic and over-produced With Roots Above and Branches Below last year. Now the band is back with a new concept EP, Zombie, and I’m willing to give the band another second chance; will Zombie be a return to a more creative style for the band, or will it continue the mindless, over-produced drivel that they just previously cranked out"

As a revving motorcycle opens up the first track of the EP, I am happy to hear that the “old” Devil Wears Prada is back once again: “Escape” races out of the gate with driving, enthusiastic riff, which is thankfully conveyed by a rawer production than the one found on With Roots Above and Branches Below. The guitars chug menacingly and the drums power through an energetic riff before an unexpected breakdown ushers in singer Mike Hrancia’s terrific rumbling growl. It may be nothing too unique when it comes to the metalcore genre, but Zombie’s opening track really packs a punch.

And after the opening track comes to a close, the remaining four tracks of Zombie manage to keep the momentum going perfectly. “Anatomy” continues the chugs, breakdowns and speed of “Escape”, while “Outnumbered” features the EP’s first real catchy chorus and has a more breathable structure. “Revive” might be the best song of the bunch, as it features some melodic vocals and atmospheric keyboards in the midst of pummeling breakdowns, while the closer “Survivor” seamlessly meshes every previous song’s elements together to leave the EP on a satisfying note. Zombie showcases the band incorporating a new sense of speed and style, and they’ve never been better as they portray an immense power and tenacity through a barrage of heavy riffs, tasteful keyboards and great vocals.

As for the theme of the EP (that of which is nothing new but is still a classic tale), Zombie tells the story of an undead apocalypse, and I have to say that the band captures the mood and setting proficiently with the numerous samples tucked into the songs. Even more importantly, however, the EP’s music really captures the chaotic theme, as the band’s re-branded grit perfectly powers the dark, ominous concept and it really captures a jarring sense of urgency. The lyrics touch on the themes of alarm and anxiety before the last track settles on the survivor’s intense hopelessness, leaving us with a rather bittersweet and chilling feel to end it all.

Quite frankly, I would have to consider Zombie to be The Devil Wears Prada’s best effort to date. I have enjoyed the band in the past, but I have to say that this is the first time that I’ve had fun listening to them: with their new-found energetic, driven and turbulent style, the dark themes and perilous story of Zombie EP is just a complete blast to listen to. Hopefully the band can keep this up for their next album, and continue to make music that has elements of inspiration, creativity and brains…brraaaiinnnnssss…braaaaaiiiiiinnnnnnnnnsssssssss



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Beauville88
August 25th 2010


245 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

- Dad, you killed the zombie Flanders!

- He was a zombie?

East Hastings
August 25th 2010


4402 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

A concept album about zombie devils wrecking havoc whilst wearing Prada…or something along those lines, anyway.


ya, um, no

Beauville88
August 25th 2010


245 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ya, um, thanks

East Hastings
August 25th 2010


4402 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

your review is alright, you describe the music somewhat well but things like the summary and some of the first paragraph might warrant a neg [not from me though]

climactic
August 25th 2010


22302 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Can't differentiate songs

cvlts
August 25th 2010


9442 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

dangit, david.

Beauville88
August 25th 2010


245 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hey, don't look at me...I didn't want to like it. It just happened.

climactic
August 25th 2010


22302 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

You rate this EP the same as Calculating Infinity



wuuuut

Beauville88
August 25th 2010


245 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

In terms of how I enjoy it? I'd say it's the same, yeah.

climactic
August 25th 2010


22302 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Hmm. Well good review anyways

Beauville88
August 25th 2010


245 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Seems like I'm getting a lot of shit this time around. Do we all have the end-of-summer blues?

climactic
August 25th 2010


22302 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I know I do, and my summer suuuuucked

Homewrecker
August 25th 2010


231 Comments


Fuck me are zombies played out by now.

sspedding
August 25th 2010


5200 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

good review pal, probably my favourite for this album. Pos

bloc
August 25th 2010


45939 Comments


Best Prada

Digging: W.A.S.P. - The Headless Children

climactic
August 25th 2010


22302 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

But that's not saying much

bloc
August 25th 2010


45939 Comments


You're right

climactic
August 25th 2010


22302 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I never fully listened to roots but this EP is fantastically average metalcore

climactic
August 25th 2010


22302 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I think it shows some potential

bloc
August 25th 2010


45939 Comments


I don't think they can go anywhere else after this. They're stuck in this niche.



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