Up until the last couple of years, I’ve had no interest in The Devil Wears Prada. They and a couple other bands can’t seem to get away from riding the back of Underoath’s They’re Only Chasing Safety (which isn’t that great of a record to begin with). Not only that, but they wrote horrible, obnoxious, bubblegum pop, metalcore.
2011’s Dead Throne changed that for me, especially after I saw them live. An albums lyrically content that I think, and believe, is the crux of this generations struggles, idolatry. Not only was the lyrical content impactful for me, I found Mike’s vocals and the bands music quite enjoyable. It’s simple metalcore, but executed in such an emotional and receptive way.
8:18. TDWP’s 5th album in their strange career sees the band continuously cutting the fat off what makes them horrible and adding to what makes them great. Mike vocals have never been better. The rawness in the production (or should we call it honestness) is fantasitic. His incorporation of that post-hardcore yell, raspy-ness of his high screams and viciousness of his growls covey the message of what 8:18 is…"I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us."
Musically, the band bounces around bone crushing heaviness (Gloom, Martyrs) to sorrowful, post-hardcore ballads (War, 8:18, Transgress). There’s plenty of chug-chug to go around but it’s executed with this melody that I don’t see many other metalcore bands taking part in, or at least doing correctly. It’s refreshing, and helps this band stand out in the over-saturated scene that is metalcore. I haven’t noticed how good of a drummer Daniel Williams is till this album either. He plays very well with his mechanical structure. Drums have a great feel with cleaver hits and fills. (Check out Black & Blue). Electronics and Keyboards have made a huge step forward. No more obnoxious tones. More textural and eeire that really add to the feel of each song. Jeremy’s vocals are still…eh. It works at some points but is obnoxious at others, (Rumors, Sailor’s Prayer) and I get it. It’s part of why so many kids love this band but for me, it gets a little cheesy.
More heart, more emotion. This is TDWP’s most honest record.
This is defiantly the longest review I’ve done on this blog. Maybe it’s because I hate seeing potential in a band get overshadowed by hatred for a scene. Music is music. If you like it, you like it. If you don’t, you don’t. Don’t base you music taste on a scene or culture.