Normally I have to pee my pants whenever The Devil Wears Prada release an album, in anticipation. The metal sextet from Dayton, Ohio have been bringing on the brain melting fury since 2005. Their maturity supersedes bands with lengthier careers and they are considered to be one of the best live bands among the metal/hardcore and..yes even scene community. With the release of Dead Throne, as vocalist Mike Hranica states that the album has to do with anti-idolatry. He also said it's the "heaviest and most aggressive album to date".
Having listened to this album at least 3 times a day for the past week, I must agree with him on this one in almost every aspect of the album. Vocally this release is not my favorite of Mike's style, but it's the rawest and most passionate. The track "Chicago" showcases Hranica's passion and aggression at his best. I still prefer the insanity of Mike's vocals on Prada's first two albums: Dear Love: A Beautiful Discord and Plagues. Jeremy Depoyster, the rhythm guitarist and singer of the group, showcases a more improved singing style and with their lyrics: it's as catchy as the mid-evil plague!
The guitars on Dead Throne are magnificent and ferocious! On the my two favorite songs "Forever Decay" and "Constance", there are some riffs that are more complex than their previous releases and the main riff in "Constance" sounds very much based of the Egyptian scale and boy is it beauteous! I have to admit that the style on Dear Love is put aside, but I'm not concerned, nor will due to the fact that this is such a tight, killer album.
The drums by Daniel Williams are excellent. I'm not a drummer but the fills on this album change to the more progressive end of metal compared to Prada's other albums. I do wish Adam D(producer) turned the frequencies of the drums at some parts higher, but nonetheless they're spectacular. My standout track, drum-wise, would have to be on "Forever Decay".
The songs' structure overall is top notch and hard to conquer. It has some of the catchiest choruses of this year, other than the deathcore band: The Crimson Armada..in my opinion. If I don't recommend another heavy album besides this one...that's perfectly okay. Don't worship or put up false idols before The Almighty Lord people! If you disagree read these lyrics and man...mosh your way to some of the most killer tracks.