First Reaction: The Devil Wears Prada – "8:18"
Wed, 21 Aug 2013 08:11:16
"I'm fighting the war," The Devil Wears Prada singer Mike Hranica screams on "War".
That inimitable piercing growl reverberates extra poignantly as it rises from a clean intro that's strangely soothing. On first listen, it's those kinds of dynamics and sonic juxtapositions that make The Devil Wears Prada's 8:18 [out September 18] so impactful and irresistible. Take the title track where those same screams slip into a clean bridge as the guitars border on space-y—think Mogwai by way of Meshuggah. At the same time, it feels like at any second the train could derail, and that's what also makes 8:18 utterly intriguing. "Sailor's Prayer" thrashes with a polyrhythmic riff attack from guitarists Chris Rubey and Jeremy DePoyster. Their stomping six-string shotgun blast has been sharpened into an even more succinct assault, while the rhythms from drummer Daniel Williams and Andy Trick converge on a bona fide groove machine.
"Martyrs" begins with the toll of a bell before snapping into one of the band's heaviest and most hulking movements ever. The drums power forward propelling this guttural stampede punctuated by Hranica's screaming. At the same time, it's undeniably catchy in its chaos.
After the neck-busting "Home For Grave", everything culminates on the resounding clean intro of "In Heart" as the fray moves into a thrashed out verse that'd make Slayer proud. That final clean break feels ultimately uplifting and undeniable.
Overall, The Devil Wears Prada claw their way to the next plateau with 8:18. It's like the moment Deftones became self-aware on White Pony or Killswitch Engage realized their full potential on The End of Heartache. It's their war, and they're winning it with one of the year's best albums.
What's your favorite song from The Devil Wears Prada?
Listen to "Home For Grave" below!