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With Roots Above And Branches Below finds Christian metalcore sextet the Devil Wears Prada lyrically branching out from their faith-based roots and veering toward a darker, heavier sound. “Sassafras” opens with a brutal onslaught of artillery-approximating drums, machine- gun guitar riffs, and feral-sounding vocal tantrums of larynx-destroying screams. It almost sounds like death metal until just after the two minute mark, when a contrastingly crystalline chorus comes in, putting some emo back in the screamo. Where most songs here begin with what is commonly known as Cookie Monster vocals, “Dez Moines” takes the road less traveled by starting with the clean and euphonious inflections of Jeremy DePoyster before Mike Hranica tears into his esophagus with the tortured growls of a man possessed. “Louder Than Thunder” is the token piano ballad that floats beautifully with waltzing rhythms and loads of digital reverb on DePoyster’s soaring melodies — the song would sit perfectly on a soundtrack to a modern film about high school vampires or teen witches.

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Best album from TDWP!!!

First off you wont find a better Christian metal band out there, there just isnt anything that compares. This album was promised to be hardcore and dark. Its promise was kept and is now my favorite album from TDWP. They surprised me with the fantastic song Louder Than Thunder. It isnt anything like their sound but it moves you in a way. Every other song is good with great vocals and fantastic instrument playing, everything just flows perfectly. Its a must have album if your a big fan and if your new to TDWP you need to check these guys out!

One Word Cannot Sum Up How Amazing This Album Is!!

FINAAALLY THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA'S NEW CD IS HERE!! I have been anticipating this release ever since TDWP announced that they were writing/recording. After waiting soo long for this album, I'll start off by saying this: IT WAS DEFINITELY WORTH THE WAIT. I mean, whoa...NO words can describe exactly how I feel about "With Roots Above and Branches Below"...my jaw dropped the 1st time I listened through the album...Yea, it's that "amazing", "epic", whatever positive adjective you want to through in there. (: Every single song I have "rated" as "5 stars" on my iPod...I dont think I've ever given every single song on an album a "5 star rating". Each song has so much energy, passion, and meaning. What I love most about this album and the band is the Message that they give. Whoever said "Hardcore/Metal is Satan's music" must feel like a complete idiot right now...They were completely wrong. I love that The Devil Wears Prada is a Christian band, and they're not afraid to share their faith w/ everyone. "With Roots Above and Branches Below" album is by far their best, but "Plagues", and "Dear Love:" will always mean something special to me. Those 2 albums got me into half of the stuff I like now, and it showed me that music can stiill have heavy guitars and rifts but yet send out the greatest message, God's message. TDWP has grown a ton since "Dear Love:", this album shows it, but they've managed to keep their sound that makes them stand out in the music world. I love all the tracks on this album, but my favorites would have to be "Louder than Thunder", "Big Wiggly Style", and "Gimme Half". BUY THIS ALBUM NOW. It's soo worth it! Oh, and If you havent seen them live, I suggest that you do. TDWP is pretty much the definition of "epic" live. (:

More Brutal Than Ever!

TDWP is such an amazing band! I remember always having Plagues on repeat on my car, and then I had the opportunity to see them on tour with Chiodos and Pierce the Veil. With Roots Above is by far their best album, and the heaviest. The instruments are better/cleaner, and Mike has perfected his scream/growl. There are a lot of haters of TDWP, but this album will definately shut them up! My Top 5 Tracks: Big Wiggly Style (the opening orchestra/breakdown thing is so sick) Ben Has a Kid (super slow breakdown halfway through it) Danger: Wildman Wapakalypse Assistant to the Regional Manager (Dwight Shrute!) If you play this in your car, watch out and do not get in an accident due to the excessive amount of headbanging that you will be doing!

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 handles the death growl vocals), guitarist and vocalist Jeremy DePoyster (who does the clean vocals), guitarist Chris Rubey, bassist Andy Trick, keyboardist James Baney, and drummer Daniel Williams. This lineup recorded the 2005 EP Patterns of a Horizon, which was self-released...
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