Hailing from a place that some people may recognise from the Nascar racing circuit, Dayton, Ohio’s The Devil Wears Prada hit us with a new EP just over a year from their previous full-length ‘With Roots Above And Branches Below’. After developing their sound significantly on that record, and having a much more mature sound with less generic bits such as a silly amount of breakdowns and annoying overuse of the ride cymbal, they’ve now returned once again with a precarious concept EP of zombies, not something you’d usually synonymise with the devil in my mind.
However from the intro onwards there is a certain element of eeriness about the riffs and mind blowingly good breakdowns, to which the clean vocals from Jeremy DePoyster accompany greatly. The intro sends you out into the rain, almost as if you’re on the set of Resident Evil and the undead are closing in on you. It would appear the band have taken this concept to a whole new level of serious with haunting sounds of shotguns mid song and the ever unnerving prospect of a chainsaw starting up as an intro to another.
It is typical TDWP though in the way the songs are put across, Mike Hranica‘s vocals have improved massively from earlier efforts such as debut ‘Dear Love: A Beautiful Dischord’ and sophomore effort ‘Plagues’ as his powerful growls and spine chillingly shrieks meld with the twitchy guitar riffs to create quite a powerful sound. It kind of takes me back a good five or six years in the underground metal scene where it was commonplace to use movie sound bites mid-song, albeit this time they use a feigned public service announcement at the start of track three, ‘Outnumbered’. The main track that stands-out is ‘Anatomy’, if not for the vicious breakdown but for the opening riff with the synth intertwined.
Awesome to listen to even the first time, this will certainly please the older fans as well as inviting new ones in. You can’t help but think that the devil MAY well be wearing prada (merch) come the end of the year when they crunch their way through to the underworld.
Written by Dom Wyatt