Looking at their recent photos, it’s nice to see them growing up, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA I mean. It’s also nice to finally watch a video directed by a woman filmmaker, Maria Juranic. ‘First Sight’ comes from TDWP fifth studio album ‘8:18’, produced by the band and Matt Goldman, with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's Adam D. serving as executive producer. ‘8:18’ (from the New Testament, Romans: “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us”) can be still listened to here (Alternative Press) in its hope-oriented entirety; released on Roadrunner Records is September 2013, the album has sold around 16,000 copies in the USA its first week of sales and has debuted at position number 20 on The Billboard Top 200. Order your own copy here (Roadrunner store), on iTunes or via Amazon:
“Mike Hranica's voice is relentlessly brutal, as he delivers a death wail over the Dayton, Ohio, faith-based, metalcore act's adventurous, technical shredding. … Hard signature changes and manic riffs keep things creative and challenging, while monstrous choruses anchor the songs to make them feel more visceral and accomplished than prior outings. When THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA strays from the typical modern metal formula with progressive ideas, the results are almost always favorable, and ‘8:18’ finds the sextet at their most provocative and heavy,” [wrote Jason Lymangrover, AllMusic – more here:]
“Easily one of the most bizarrely named bands of their time”, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, formed in 2005 in Dayton, Ohio. The group recorded and self-released an EP entitled ‘Patterns Of A Horizon’ that same year, with it impressing Rise Records which signed the band in 2006. The six-piece turned to producer Joey Sturgis to record their debut full-length, 2006's ‘Dear Love: A Beautiful Discord’, a re-recording of the band's 2005 debut EP, plus two new songs, ‘Dogs Can Grow Beards All Over’ and ‘Texas Is South’. THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA sophomore outing ‘Plagues’, released in 2007, peaked at number 57 on the American albums chart Billboard Top 200, yet AllMuisc's Eduardo Rivadavia wasn’t too impressed with the band's wit:
“THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA also subscribes to the irritating post-emo fad of consigning silly and/or utterly unrelated titles to songs whose stream-of-consciousness lyrics meld romantic/existential/religious allusions both recklessly and indiscriminately (e.g. ‘HTML Rulez D00d’, ‘Don’t Dink and Drance’, ‘Nickels Is Money Too’) - as if scripture wasn’t misleading enough as is. Another flagrant example, ‘You Can’t Spell 'Crap' Without 'C'’ actually makes the Sesame Street classic “'C' Is for Cookie” sound remarkably profound, and counts with the ringing intellectual endorsement of CHIODOS [American post-hardcore group'] singer Craig Owens, to boot.” [More here]
THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA Ferret Music debut, 2009's ‘With Roots Above And Branches Bellow’, again produced by Joey Sturgis, debuted at number 11 on the Billboard Top 200, selling 31,000 copies during the first week of U.S. release, as well as winning over some of this business' toughest critics. Their “fun but brutal” EP ‘Zombie’ (inspired by such clever stuff as Max Brooks' “World War Z” which you, most appreciated visitor, should most definitely read), released in August 2010, debuted at number 10 on the Billboard Top 200:
“DWP usual sugary-to-brutal template is boosted by ‘Zombie’s thick production, which includes computer-glitched thrash riffs, a symphonic action/horror score, and fake radio broadcasts. Everything adds up nicely to make for an entertaining, fear-provoking listen, [wrote Jason Lymangrover, AllMusic – more here:]
The band's fourth full-length, ‘Dead Throne’, followed in September 2011 on Ferret Music; co-produced by the band and Adam Dutkiewicz, ‘Dead Throne’ became THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA's highest charting release, peaking at number 10 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, selling over 32,000 copies in its first week of U.S. release. ‘Dead Throne’ was described as the Christian metalcore six-piece's “most technical and most brutal” (more here). Listen here (SoundCloud).
THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA features: Mike Hranica – vocals, Chris Rubey – guitar, Jeremy DePoyster – guitar and vocals, Daniel Williams – drums, Andy Trick - bassand James Baney – keyboards