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Album Review

Continuing a descent into darkness that began on 2011's Dead Throne, the Devil Wears Prada turn inward on their sixth album, Transit Blues. Deathly serious and relentless in its bleakness, Transit Blues is as blistering and visceral as anything they've done, but a lot of the levity hinted at in the past is long gone. Produced by Dan Korneff (Pierce the Veil, Motionless in White), the 11-song collection packs in the gut-churning breakdowns and bloody screams, leaning heavily on themes of separation and the loss experienced via human movement. On one hand, "Worldwide" name-checks cities like Pittsburgh, Boston, and Tokyo, yearning for more experiences on the road. On the other hand, they break out "Flyover States," a road-weary dirge that sees the band torn between road life and real life. Bleeding directly into "Detroit Tapes," Prada mourn the loss of friends and love to the lifestyle they're living. These conflicting feelings are palpable, displaying some maturity and growth from a band that used to rely heavily on jokey song titles and by-the-numbers metalcore. Highlights include the lead single "Daughter," which is pure havoc. Like Moses parting the Red Sea, this track will split the pit open with ease. Meanwhile, the back end of Transit Blues is loaded with fresh ideas. "To the Key of Evergreen" features a beautiful instrumental break that includes a faint recitation of an excerpt from Nabokov's Lolita (Simone de Beauvoir and Sartre also pop in elsewhere to lend some literary influence to vocalist Mike Hranica's lyrics). A sequel to 8:18's "Home for Grave" follows, an atmospheric and urgent standout that continues to flex Hranica's dabbling in fictional prose. In addition to the introspection and desolation, there are other slight changes. For those expecting Christian themes at the forefront, Transit Blues is more subtle, opting for universal ideas that can translate to fans of any faith. Also, Transit Blues is the first release without founding drummer Daniel Williams (Haste the Day's Giuseppe Antonio Capolupo filled in during recording), which hasn't changed their sound drastically, but nonetheless contributes a shift in the energy within the group. Transit Blues isn't a jarring turn for the Dayton, Ohio band, but it provides enough newly inspired touches to warrant attention in the group's catalog. ~ Neil Z. Yeung, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Medio-core

Lost aggression and heaviness! He doesn't scream he shout talks! What happened to these guys :/ smh

Hypocrites

I am a huge TDWP fan and have been for years. I love their deep lyrical content in albums past but this is garbage, especially when I'm being fed political garbage. I find it ironic and a bit hypocritical that in Zombie EP there are sounds of gunfire, and lyrics like "healthy back-stock of ammunition." And now with Lock and Load?!?! Are you serious? This song must have been written by/for Bloomberg/Killary Clinton. I have lost all respect for this band. If I had purchased a physical CD, I would use my second amendment RIGHT and shoot it.

Maturity, growth, change... give it time

Honestly, first listen, I wasn't sure if I'd like this album. I've been a huge fan of this band since plagues, and have loved every change and growth in sound they've made. For me 8:18 was a masterpiece, and Space was great even with the change in line up. When I listened to this new record, something felt different.

A few weeks and many listens later, I'm grateful for that. That difference is part of what makes these guys such excellent artists. They're never content to churn out copies of who they used to be. This album is diverse, hugely evocative, innovative within their usual sound, and ultimately as powerful as anything else they've written. I love it. For me, the tracks I enjoy the most are Praise Poison, Worldwide, Detroit Tapes, transit blues, and my favorites are by far The Condition and Submersion; they're unlike any songs they've made before (both singles Daughter and Key of Evergreen are also excellent I'm just going for ones you may not have heard). The only songs I don't Care for are Lock and Load(not because of the message, musically it's just my least favorite) and flyover states(has a great bridge, but the rest is a little underwhelming)

I sincerely love this band and this record, and pray they continue making music for a long time to come.

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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