The Devil Wears Prada
Transit Blues


4.0
excellent

Review

by Futures USER (11 Reviews)
October 11th, 2016 | 345 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Former scenecore leaders unlock their potential.

If you made me listen to Transit Blues without knowing the band behind it there is no way I would’ve guessed The Devil Wears Prada. Hell, even if I had three guesses I might have not got close. Transit Blues is a massive departure for the former leaders of the scene oriented metalcore brigade. You can tell that right off the bat with the heavy and hard hitting groove of “Praise Poison” and the more gritty cleans of the new lead guitarist and backing vocalist Kyle Sipress. For the most part the former breakdown driven sound and poppy clean choruses have been dropped in favor of experimenting with their traditional formula. The sound for the most part is more reminiscent of a more focused post-hardcore sound influenced by bands like La Dispute. Biggest album highlight “Home For Grave Pt. II” sounds like a La Dispute song complete with near spoken word vocals with a nice twist on it, in fact it is better than that bands latest disappointing effort Rooms of the House.

Vocalist Mike Hranica is really the star of the show on this album, using a wide range of vocals mixing a mid ranged scream as well as a new more spoken word influenced approach. Hranica previously has had a massive shift in vocal style after a rumored injury to his vocal cords going from a more visceral high and low screams to his now more strained range. His vocals didn’t really find a true home in the more breakdown driven approach The Devil Wears Prada used to take. Hranica here has never sounded more comfortable and uses his vocals to fit the more experimental sound well, particularly the tortured and dripping in passion spoken word portions of “Flyover States” and “Home For Grave Pt. II”. Transit Blues also delivers in providing an interesting atmosphere and ambiance as well as more interesting melodies. The production is a bit more raw than previous efforts and not polished enough which gives the music enough room to breath.The clean break and interesting ambience in behemoth “To The Key Of Evergreen” builds to a beautiful crescendo and is once again reminding me of post-hardcore like Underoath, truly something nobody ever expected from The Devil Wears Prada.

I have been listening to The Devil Wears Prada for a while now ever since their first album but I never expected them to be much more than a fun breakdown laden metalcore band. However, Transit Blues is a genuinely impressive release that has the potential to bring in some listeners this band never had before. It is an example of how a band once viewed as immature can evolve into something that is legitimately interesting and engaging. If The Devil Wears Prada keeps moving forward in this direction I have no doubt they will create something even better than this. It is extremely refreshing to see a band come from a fad mainly and logically evolve throughout their career, culminating in a special album.



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Futures
October 11th 2016


9842 Comments


this some good shit yo. first seen here https://expressions-of-interest.com/ sachs webzine for degenerates like myself. special thanks to rowbro for the proofread and advice. welcome to criticism!

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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
October 11th 2016


19716 Comments


"in fact it is better that bands latest disappointing effort" prob should be a "than" in there somewhere.

good review though posd. still need to fully check this

ExhaleTheLight
October 11th 2016


275 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

This shit is my jam.

Frippertronics
Contributing Reviewer
October 11th 2016


15232 Comments


praise

Futures
October 11th 2016


9842 Comments


yo good catch con haha.

evilford
October 11th 2016


40642 Comments


horrible review poz'd

YakNips
October 11th 2016


18944 Comments


"mixing a mid ranged screams as well as a new more spoken word influenced approach"

close

"uses his vocals to fit the more experimental sound well [need a comma here] particularly the tortured and dripping in passion"

pos, good review i still love their first few so i'll have to check this soon




SnakeDelilah
October 11th 2016


19936 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

mixing mid ranged screams as well as a new more spoken word influenced approach




oh hey nice i've been waiting for the new la dispute for a while

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Futures
October 11th 2016


9842 Comments


heh i know right

Spec
October 11th 2016


34816 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

maybe i should listen again but i dunno man

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
October 11th 2016


19716 Comments


yeah nvm cant get into this

Wearingyourmomsface
October 11th 2016


196 Comments


Nice. Didn't even know they're releasing an album this year. Will give a spin later.

TVC15
October 11th 2016


8831 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hoooly shit a rare review by Futures autopos

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iloveyouall
October 11th 2016


6319 Comments


i pos'd this

Tyler.
October 11th 2016


13779 Comments


Bumped wrong rev

Futures
October 11th 2016


9842 Comments


thanks to everyone.

Tyler.
October 11th 2016


13779 Comments


is jeremy not in the band anymore?

Futures
October 11th 2016


9842 Comments


he is but he only has a few choruses

Tyler.
October 11th 2016


13779 Comments


Nvm i read that one part wrong

brainmelter
October 11th 2016


4583 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

nice review futures bro

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