The Devil Wears Prada – Transit Blues

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This album is…old. Now, bear with me for a second. I don’t mean that in any sort of negative connotation, but when you listen to it, you get this very strange feeling that THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA is an old soul. Like they’re very weathered, beaten, and bruised, but not tired. Not even remotely tired. I don’t quite know how to phrase it, but there’s something about the ambiance, the ferocity, and the overall scope of these songs that echo in a unique fashion I believe only these gentlemen could create.

Aside from the mysterious metaphors that I’m trying, and failing, to weave, Transit Blues (October 7, Rise Records) really does carry a strange vibe with it, and it truly is hard to explain. Of course, the main element of the band is still there: big choruses, gnashing riffs, mean breakdowns, yada yada. It’s all present. In the midst of that, however, is something strange. I feel like they’re not playing music, they’re playing a mood, or an atmosphere. Instead of listening, you breathe it in. It’s ethereal, and certainly welcomed in the ever dwindling genre of Metal.

Opposed to what people normally do with synthesizers in heavy music, this band does something else almost entirely. There are some regular synth pads and keys lining songs for that extra touch, but there are also several very strange creations lurking through the measures. Various distorted noises, arpeggiated hits, and static laden stabs all combined with the clever fret work and sound modification tools applied to the guitars really make for an interesting combination of sonic textures.

While we’re at it, let’s PLEASE talk about the production on this body of work. For such a dense production (synths, guitars, bass, drums, vocals all playing at the same fucking time), there’s SO MUCH CLARITY AND PUNCH. Like, holy shit. I’m legitimately impressed by the sound, and by the balance of this content, and I don’t like to hand out that compliment lightly. Dan Korneff (Producer) absolutely slayed this, and I’m not sure THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA could have picked anyone better for the job.

Just when I thought this metalcore juggernaut was going to hit the end of their stride due to several member changes in recent years, they give us this gift. They give us evolution. They could have easily copped out and made an album that sounded like everyone else. They have a fan base large enough for that to probably be a feasible idea. However, instead of taking whatever path seemed easiest, they decided to make whatever the hell this album is, and it’s fucking awesome. I couldn’t ask for more, and I wouldn’t. Thank you THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA.

STANDOUT TRACKS: “Daughter”, “Lock And Load”, “Submersion”

RATING: 9/10

-ZALEN CIGAINERO


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