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The Devil Wears Prada, With Roots Above and Branches Below Review
May 12, 2009, 1:38 am
Filed under: Blog

The Devil Wears Prada returns with their third full-length album With Roots Above and Branches Below, which was released on May 5, on Ferret Music, their new label. There is something very mature sounding about this album. Whether it’s the band’s skills, the recording or both, the band has put forth a solid third album.

With Roots Above and Branches Below has a heavier sound than their previous albums. Technically, the band has grown into the metal band they always had the potential of becoming, but before had not reached this potential. Even with the heavier sound, the band’s music incorporates better melodic moments than ever before, with stronger singing that have you scrambling to learn the words to sing along.

The album’s first track, “Sassafras,” had me completely stunned. It was heavy, really heavy. I didn’t know they had it in them. The album almost feels like the band has completely changed, but has stayed completely the same. The album has that same metal/hardcore/synth feel, but now that feel is a perfected sound.

The use of synth, which has always set this band apart from others, was not just used prominently in certain moments emphasizing breakdowns or what have you like in previous recordings, but entangled meticulously throughout the album in tracks such as “Big Wiggly Style,” “Danger: Wildman” and “Lord Xenu.”

Heavier tracks that took be by surprise, which are also some of my favorites, are “Assistant To The Regional Manager,” “Danger: Wildman” and “Ben Has A Kid.”

The album ends with “Lord Xenu,” a fast-paced, heavy song that ends suddenly and leaves the listener wanting more. What do I say to that ending? Back to track one.

Below is “Danger: Wildman” off the new album.


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