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The Devil Wears Prada’s fourth studio full-length is riddled with low-tuned guitars, skull-bludgeoning rhythms, haunting keyboard ambience, and Mike Hranica’s most explosive vocal performances to date. The title track detonates with ferocious aplomb as Daniel Williams’ drums blast and explode. What’s almost immediately noticeable on Dead Throne is the advanced technical guitar playing throughout – especially on “Untidaled” where deep chugging rhythms stop on a dime to unleash lightning fast fretboard shredding. “Mammoth” is a heavy number that makes good on its title with towering juggernauts of guitar-forged walls of noise and Williams’ relentless attack on the drum kit. This song also spotlights Hranica’s versatile inflections as he effortlessly segues from rabid caterwauls to deep, thundering bellows of pure angst. The more accessible “R.I.T.” plays like a slightly melodic maelstrom with unpredictably angular arrangements and plenty of stop-start rhythms. “Born To Lose” is another standout that magnifies TDWP’s penchant for intelligent contrast – the feral verses somehow blend perfectly with the pop melodies in the choruses.

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Wow!

This was my first real listen to metal i had only listened to bmth before and tdwp are oh so better than them every song is amazingly creative and no fillers all killrs!

Good, but pales next to previous releases

First off, don't get me wrong, I do like this album. There are some cool riffs there, and the choruses do eventually stick in your head. The problem is the key words "some" and "eventually". I remember first listening to "With Roots Above and Branches Below", and being floored by every single song by just how much... better everything sounded than Plagues, which is a great album in itself. Then along came the Zombie EP, which was a fun departure, and the perfect length. 5 songs to show how stupidly heavy they could get. I was really looking forward to the return of the more melodic Prada, maybe with a few tricks they learned with the Zombie EP thrown in. However, on my first listen, Dead Throne just left me cold. Every release since somebody first showed me Dear Love: A Beautiful Discord has had me instantly coming back for more, every song an instant classic in my head. Dead Throne just didn't grab me in any way. I think the production is in part to blame, Adam D's recordings really don't sound as full or heavy as Joey Sturgis' efforts on previous releases. The drums in particular lack a certain presence, a real shame when the music relies so much on drumming to be the power, especially in heavier songs. It also sounds a little too clean. The wild edge once wielded so well by the band is just missing, and the clean vocals in particular sound overly processed. A full album of heavy songs, bar a couple of standout tracks/moments (the instrumental Kansas springs to mind) was never really going to work in first place, especially with this production. The choruses do give the songs some draw for the heavy riffs to sink in, but this is an album that requires more than a few listens for it to grow on you.
That said, once it has grown, it is enjoyable. The choruses of Mammoth, My Questions and Born To Lose will stay in your head once you learn them. Also, it's hard to not enjoy the crushing heaviness of at least the riffs in title track Dead Throne, and R.I.T. The ever-loved tinges of keyboard from James Baney seem a little sparse throughout the album, but that makes them all the more enjoyable when heard. The highlight of the album for me personally is the ending track, Holdfast. If every song on the album was like this, I would sing its praises all day, as it was exactly what I was expecting - the classic Prada sound, but with a certain something unlike anything the band has done before.
All in all, I'd say this is an album only for the dedicated fans willing to give it a chance, clear by the amount of rave reviews it's gotten. I have a feeling that if this was the first album I ever heard from The Devil Wears Prada, I wouldn't be too interested in the rest of their discography. It's by no means a bad album, but the new, heavier direction seems to be heading away from what drew me to this band in the first place.

Stepping sideways

First off this is a great album from what I've heard so far. It's as heavy as Zombie E.P. and has a different style in certain points, a lot more experimental, but in a good way, thus they've not gone back or forward really just changed a bit. I couldn't imagine anything better than zombie E.P. and this is no worse so its worth a listen for sure.

Biography

Formed: 2005 in Dayton, OH

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Dayton, Ohio Christian metalcore act the Devil Wears Prada took their name from the novel and movie, but rebranded it to fit their anti-materialistic ethics. Formed in 2005, the band consisted of singer and lyricist Mike Hranica (who handled the death growl vocals), guitarist and vocalist Jeremy DePoyster (who performed the clean vocals), guitarist Chris Rubey, bassist Andy Trick, keyboardist James Baney, and drummer Daniel Williams (Hranica and Rubey also had an experimental grindcore side project...
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