For the longest time, I have heard that “you are who you hang around,” meaning a person is defined by the friends he/she hangs out with. For example: if your usual crowd consists of people who invest the majority of their savings on polos, khakis, and visors, your life is bro – even if you do listen to Suicide Silence or Job For A Cowboy. How true this saying is, I am not completely sure; but The Devil Wears Prada only helps prove it positive by their uncanny (and unfortunate) ability to get lumped into the same categories as bands like Attack Attack!, Asking Alexandria, and Abandon All Ships. Nonetheless, with “R.I.T.,” the second single released from their upcoming album Dead Throne, they have been separating themselves from that scene, thus allowing them to get the praise they deserve.
One way they’ve separated themselves is by dropping (most of) the synth/organ usage. In all of the previously mentioned bands, those are a key feature – one that, in fact, puts AA!, AA, and AAS (Similar bands, similar acronyms – see what I did there?) in the same category. If you were to describe the specific aspects of different genres, synth would not be the first pick when it came to metal -so The Devil Wears Prada’s lessening of the effect causes the band to sound less “girl metal,” per say, even if they still have some classic TDWP piano – hey, it’s who they are.
Another way “R.I.T.” separates itself from songs on previous albums is less clean vocals. In addition to positives, the guitar leads and riffs are more interesting than they have been in previous songs, and Mike Hranica’s vocals not only include his usual scream but also have some hardcore influence thrown in occasionally. It consists of the same heaviness and dark tones that were on the Zombie EP, so if you were one of the many who enjoyed those songs, you will most likely also be fans of this one. While “R.I.T.” definitely still has the classic feel of TDWP that old fans will appreciate, it also has an added spark that will gain new devotees.