I was totally stoked when the Space EP, the newest release from The Devil Wears Prada, arrived for my review. As a longtime fan I could not wait to dig in and opener, “Planet A,” wastes no time launching the listener straight into the stratosphere with a downtuned, riff-heavy assault that is without a doubt some of the best metalcore I have heard all year.
The remaining five songs on this conceptual disc propel the listener along an emotional journey through time and space with ebbs and flows around every corner. The band does a fantastic job of ripping your face off one moment, then stripping away all of the chaos with quiet, keyboard-laden atmospheric sections that really play on your emotions and both add to the strength of the story line, and enhance the contrast between Mike Hranica’s harsh growls and Jeremy DePoyster’s melodic vocals.
This is absolutely a record you need to listen to from top to bottom, in one setting, in order to really appreciate the sheer epicness of it all. The bonus of doing this is that the album gets better as it progresses, culminating in the passionate and powerful tunes “Supernova” and “Asteroid,” my two favorite songs on the EP and perhaps the best songs the band has ever written.
01. Planet A
03. Moon God
Run Time: 19:32
Release Date: August 21, 2015
Check out the song “Supernova” here.