The Devil Wears Prada
Transit Blues Review
By Gary Flinn
Rating: 7.5 out of 10
Over the course of years, most bands experience their fair share of trials and tests of their ability to endure. The Devil Wears Prada are certainly no exception to this and have experienced their fair share of the same. Instead of a withdrawal, the band revamped, recreated itself and is now set to release its sixth full length album, Transit Blues. This will be TDWP’s first album without Daniel Williams on drums. It also marks the addition of guitarist Kyle Sipress.
I will be the first to admit that I am not the biggest fan of a lot of Metalcore when I first listen to it. I am a child of the 80’s and my ear has always leaned toward Metal and Hard Rock of that era. It has been my experience with Metalcore, that I grow into the music, especially once I see the artist live. In a few weeks, I will see The Devil Wears Prada live for the first time. I am definitely looking forward to the opportunity.
Transit Blues is an 11 track album centered, for the most part around separation and morning. The first track, “Pure Poison” lost me a little bit. The guitars were just a bit too chaotic for my taste. Not really sure how I feel about that one, so I’ll withhold any unnecessary commentary.
The second track, “Daughter” is the first single released off Transit Blues. This song got my attention. “Daughter” is a fun and gun Metalcore song.
Third comes “Worldwide”. There is definitely a much heavier vibe in this one. It is also probably the heaviest song on the album and definitely one of my favorites. There are some pretty catchy riffs and a solid breakdown that makes this one shine for me.
Staying on the heavy side, “Lock & Load” comes in heavy and aggressive. The whole song builds up to a nice heavy and in-your-face ending. It’s fun, catchy, and will sure be a great tune to catch live (if they do play it).
Dialing it down a notch or two, the fifth track, “Flyover States” is a bit less intense than the previous two tracks. That being said, I have three songs that I flagged in my notes as a “favorite” after my first run through Transit Blues. Flyover States is one of them. In fact, next to my favorite note, I added the word “live”. I think this song will be fantastic to hear live. Originally intended to be an instrumental, it is a well written song and I think it is destined to be a fan favorite very soon.
The sixth offering, “Detroit Tapes” is fairly heavy and dark. This song is about the story of an old man dealing with the abandonment of his love. It is another solid track that is very well done.
Next comes the latest single, “The Condition”. Again, a solid track. “The Condition” has a variety of feels to it. It starts off slow and easy going then jumps up out of nowhere and punches you square in the face for a while before easing up and returning to the slow easy going side. I definitely like this one.
Now comes “To The Key Of Evergreen”. This song is in the 1-2 fight to be my favorite song on the album with Flyover States. I would expect this to be released as a single as well. There are two parts to this song. The first half is fairly heavy, with crushing drums and some solid riffs. The second half slows down and changes the perspective of the song. I really dug this one.
The ninth track, “Submersion” features some pretty cool riffs weaved in and out behind the vocals. The guitar work shines bright in this track. The more I listen to it, the more I focus on the guitars.
The dark, ominous tenth song, “Home For Grave Pt. II” comes around next. The obvious theme here, death and dealing with the loss of those we hold dear. Mike Hranica ventures into some different style of vocals here, and it is a nice change of pace. There is a good portion of spoken word here. With the subject at hand, it works very well and adds emotion and personality to the song.
The final song is the title track, “Transit Blues”. It is a pretty powerful song and brings a bit of a punch to close the album out well. Overall, the song leaves you pretty satisfied with latest offering from The Devil Wears Prada.
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