“Where are the chugs? My lord, where are the chugs?” I took a listen to to the first song off of The Devil Wears Prada‘s upcoming Space EP, “Supernova” and I almost pictured the combustible comments on messages board and youtube about the lack of breakdowns or chug. TDWP first featured this more melodic side with their record store release , “South Of The City”. When lead singer Mike Hranica declares “I am one with the supernova”, it still has the power and features more djent style guitar chords. This is one of the first songs that we are hearing without founding guitarist Chris Rubey, but it still sounds like the signature Devil Wears Prada sound is still here.
One thing that people may say is that our first taste of the EP lacks the visceral nature of the 2010 concept EP, Zombie, but with a new concept, we have a new mindset. Hranica utilizes the unclean vocals that vary from screams to guttural to clear and I like the range that he is partaking in here. The keyboards of James Baney are more pronounced this time around. It’s a throwback to their earlier material. It’s also indicative of the “galactic” feel that I’m guessing the Space EP will give. Guitarist/vocalist Jeremy DePoyster ropes the track in singing the chorus. Zombie was a really cohesive concept that encapsulated the fear and despair of being in a zombie invasion. If we can trust TDWP with that, we can see where the Space EP will take us. There have been a few bands within in the metalcore genre that are looking to expand their sound and their audiences. “Supernova” may be a little lighter than what we are used to or more akin to the band’s latest album, 818, but it’s worth it to check out the rest of the journey.
Metalcore | Rise Records