Overall Score: 9/10 Replay Value: 9/10 Songwriting: 9/10 Originality: 8/10 Pros: Possibly their most well-rounded album to date. Cons: some songs may not work live.
The Devil Wears Prada are for my money the most unappreciated band of the current metalcore era. They have been consistently brilliant since turning a corner in 2010 with their fantastic ‘Zombie’ e.p and haven’t looked back since.
Their latest album Transit Blues is keen to carry on the band’s streak of brilliance, albeit with a more restrained sound than the albums that proceed it. Dead Throne and 8:18 were both powerhouse records with a vicious edge, whereas Transit Blues, opts to be a bit more of an emotionally heavy album. It’s not to say that this isn’t a heavy record because it is, but it also seems to be a bit more personal and will find itself getting into your system a bit more.
It’s also refreshing to hear a band that is comfortable pushing themselves and their sound without having to make drastic changes to it. If you listen carefully you can hear all the subtle ways The Devil Wears Prada have changed over the years, but they have done it with integrity and haven’t become convoluted or watered down in the process.
Transit Blues is an album of layers, and emotions and album that was intended for the repeat listen, for sitting and listening to, for you to only hit the repeat button straight away after you have finished. This may very well be the most accomplished and fully formed album of their careers and one that will unlock it secrets over time and offer more and more with each new listen.
In a scene where everyone is selling out to fit in, it’s refreshing to see a band hold true to themselves and their fans and produce an album as stunning as this, that once and for all proves just what calibre of band The Devil Wears Prada really are, a world class band with the tools to take over.
The Devil Wears Prada’s Transit Blues is out now on Rise Records.