Up Onto A Dead Throne

by: Sean Black


– The Devil Wears Prada ? Dead Throne album cover

– The Devil Wears Prada band

The Devil Wears Prada, formed in 2005, is a Christian metalcore band comprising of Mike Hranica (screams), Jeremy DePoyster (clean vocals), James Baney (keyboards), Chris Rubey (lead guitar), Andy Trick (bass) and Daniel Williams (drums). Dead Throne marks the release of their fourth studio album.

Dead Throne was released on the 13 September 2011. In its first week of release, Dead Throne sold 32 000 copies. A feat worthy of high praise and one bested only by, industry similar, band: Underoath. The album encompasses 13 aggressive, hard-hitting yet melodic, assault-sense-your-senses type tracks, spanning a good 40 minutes ? and what a godsend 40 minutes it is. Dead Throne peaked at #10 on the Billboard 200.

Hranica has stated that the album thematically revolves around idolatry. ?It’s the idea of putting up our idols, heroes, and entities we worship onto a figurative throne? Hranica has said. ?That idea behind Dead Throne is making kings out of things that shouldn’t be kings.?

After the universally acclaimed ferocity that was the Zombie EP, The Devil Wears Prada have cranked the intensity up to 11. Adam Dutkiewicz, guitarist and backup vocalist for Killswitch Engage, has taken charge of producing the album. His experience and knowledge of the industry rears its head in each song to produce the best album The Devil Wears Prada have released, to date.

The band remains guitar centred, but have taken several new directions. From the once crisp, sharp tones of old, is born fresh a chunky and fuzzy number. A Day To Remember vocalist and band friend, Jeremy McKinnon was brought in to control the vocal production.

From the get, Dead Throne delves with sinister intentions. The heavy rhythmic drums open alongside the chilling keys in ?Dead Throne?. Hranica begins by ripping your head off with some of the rawest vocals, perfectly offset by the classic string accompaniment, the band has ever held host to.

One new dynamic that the band has experimented with, noticeable in ?Untidaled?, in Dead Throne is Hranica?s shouted vocals. Those shouted dynamics add an unrefined and uncompromisable depth to songs, such that without them something would be missing. The change speaks spades of the bands coming of age.

The next tracks, ?Mammoth?, ?My Questions? and ?R.I.T.? send you on a skydive trip to the pits of Tartarus. During the songs, DePoyster?s clean vocals echo through, giving simple yet scenic addition to Hranica?s screams. He delivers a solid performance throughout, but particular mention goes to ?Vengeance? where he effortlessly croons a standout performance.

Dead Throne gives you no room to breathe with its brute force. Within the first six songs, you see that The Devil Wears Prada held true to its promises of a brick-wall album. The half-way mark is where the album reprieves, on ?Kansas?. The band sets free a gritty instrumental track, showcasing the harmonic talents of Rubey, Trick, Baney and Williams in unison.

The listener is then thrust into the maelstrom of picturesque viciousness that is ?Born To Lose?. ?Forever Decay? comes next, in which Hranica?s ruthless vocals display themselves in a glass case. Hranica delivers a superb performance throughout, but the likes of ?Forever Decay? and ?Pretenders? showcase his talent for the world to indulge.

?Chicago? lulls listeners into a lethargic laziness, until The Devil Wears Prada assails some of the heaviest melodia on the album. Proving the ability to create heavy without incessant guitar chugs. ?Constance? comes in as one the highlight tracks on the album, thanks to Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying. The track in itself is outstanding, but as soon as Lambesis? vocals roar the final lyrics, the song is taken to another element entirely.

Dead Throne rounds off with ?Holdfast?, shouting its message that The Devil Wears Prada will not be forgotten. The song ends off the album in the manner it should, fast and irrevocably heavy. This will not be forgotten any time soon.

Dead Throne is unquestionably better than their previous efforts and anything in the genre at the moment. They have redefined elements of metalcore, while remaining true to the fundamentals to produce an album which soars to the heavens above the masses of mediocre bands.

Despite being a strict atheist, Dead Throne is so good I would turn Christian for it. Yes. I?m that much of a fan-girl. Deal with it.

– The first single ‘Born To Lose’ off the new album Dead Throne.


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