Saturday Slaylist 01/10/2016: The Devil Wears Prada

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The Devil Wears Prada circa 2016

There’s no better way to kick off the month with everyone’s favourite Christian metalcore band: The Devil Wears Prada. In fact, their new album Transit Blues will be arriving on the 7th, so dive into this playlist to get yourself more acquainted with the band.

 

Forming in Ohio around 2005, the group started out as a six piece playing an eclectic yet popular brand of metalcore that was sweeping through America at the time. Although their breakdowns, electronic samples, high-pitched choruses and gimmicky song-titles (“Dogs Can Grow Beards All Over” anyone?) can all be attributed to the band’s relatively young age, the tracks shown on their first two albums- Dear Love: A Beautiful Discord and Plagues– indicated a more interesting approach to the stye than their peers. A mere three years after their first album they were already on to their third album, 2009’s With Roots Above And Branches Below. Sure, the silly song titles remained, but their knack for a soaring chorus and catchy riffs had matured considerably.

Big changes were to come in 2010 however, as the band released a concept EP entitled Zombie. The songs on display were far heavier, darker, and just downright more awesome than anything the band had previously released- and this change in direction continued on to the follow up album, 2011’s Dead Throne. Arguably the band’s strongest release, tracks such as “Vengeance” and “Born To Lose” showcased an intense power that matched the raw conviction of vocalist Mike Hranica’s lyrics. Despite losing keyboardist James Baney in 2012, the band sought to include more atmosphere and ambient electronics on 8:18 as their song writing became more focussed and nuanced.

In spite of the loss of two more key members, guitarist Chris Rubey and drummer Daniel Williams, the band showed no signs of losing momentum with another concept EP. Space proved that the band hadn’t lost their edge after the line-up turmoil of the previous years, and were in perfect shape for their upcoming Transit Blues.

Essential

  • Dead Throne (2011)

Highly Recommended

  • Zombie EP (2010)

Recommended

  • With Roots Above And Branches Below (2009)
  • 8:18 (2013)

Wild Card

  • Space EP (2015)

Fans Only

  • Plagues (2007)

Avoid

  • Dear Love: A Beautiful Discord (2006)

 

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