After last year’s incredible release of Space EP it was hard to ignore the progress achieved by The Devil Wears Prada. From a pretty decent, run of the mill metalcore band to an impressive out going metalcore band that oozes character.
The sound is more refined and mature, a blending of everything the band has worked on in their eleven year career. Transit Blues opens with the djenty sounds of Praise Poison, certainly one of the heaviest things produced by the band in a few years. The variety of sounds ranges from the aforementioned fast and heavy to big slow sweeping pieces of music. The album has maintained that melodic presence that follows The Devil Wears Prada closely since the beginning. To The Key Of Evergreen is relatively calm for most of the song, even during the chug heavy sections with steady drumming and a final piece of beautifully atmospheric instrumental. There really is something for every fan here. Riffs are aided by little touches, such as piano/synthesizers that feel like they belong and not just the band holding onto a late 2000s fad. The breakdown in Daughter feels fuller with an offbeat synth wobbling in the back ground making it more impactful. It is never at the fore front and it is never abused, good on you The Devil Wears Prada.
Mike Hranica has refined his vocals with his signature voice. That oh so recognisable screeching pierce. Trading in the old school death metal style of highs (that seem to be all but abandoned in the genre now) for a more grizzly shout adds to the sound. The music has moved away from that near deathcore sound of their early albums in favour of a bigger and more well rounded sound.
The only thing I miss from this album was the concept of Space EP, the whole sci-fi thing had me going. Transit Blues is definitely a building block on the ever evolving sound of The Devil Wears Prada. A fantastic album earning a 8/10 showing that metalcore when done right is a force to be reckoned with!