So after listening to nothing but Balance and Composure’s new record all day. I came home to discover that The Devil Wears Prada’s new album 8:18 is streaming over at Alt Press.
After one partial listen (10 of 13 songs into the album), and here’s some words describing my initial thoughts :
BIG / HEAVY / More breakdowns and more Jeremy parts than Dead Throne / I’m NOT worried about Mike’s vocals / Experimental / Sonically dynamic / The electronic/ambient elements are more prominent again (think WRAABB) / Maintains the dark side that Dead Throne brought out / Industrial (Marilyn Manson or AFI?) / A song (or multiple songs) where Jeremy is the more prominent vocalist / Creepy, sci-fi noise and ambience / Mike’s lows are just as ominous as ever - for those worrying, he’s still a beast / the songs progress well / So many good breakdowns / Daniel (I think that’s his name) may be the most underrated drummer in Metalcore (or do people recognize that he’s incredible?) / The riffs, progressions, and technicality is getting better and better / This album has all those breakdowns that Dead Throne forgot about // After a complete listen through (13 of 13 songs) : Dang. Dang. Dang. / A slow song / I’m still not loving “Martyrs”, but I like it more in the context of the whole album / No guest spots, that I noticed / Favorite songs after one listen would be “Gloom”, “First Sight”, “Sailor’s Prayer”, “Care More”, “Black & Blue”, “Number Eleven”, and “Home For Grave”. //
This may be my favorite TDWP album. I’ll take two.
You call it September, but tomorrow starts what I’m going to refer to as “All Kinds of Great New Music I’ve Been Waiting All Year For Month”. I know September has technically been going on for approximately a week, but for me it will be officially starting tomorrow when Balance And Composure’s new album The Things We Think We’re Missing releases via No Sleep Records. I was financially deprived while the pre-orders were up, but tomorrow I will be raiding Hot Topic for their LP and CD versions. B&C is one of my favorite bands, and from what I’ve heard of the new album (you can stream it in its entirety over at Pitchfork) it’s going to be a contender for my album of the year.
So tomorrow, the 10th, we’ll have new B&C. The following week, on the 17th, we’ll have a new The Devil Wears Prada album AND Grand Theft Auto V. When I first heard TDWP’s song “Martyrs” I’ll admit I was a bit disheartened. But after their previous two song drops, “Home For Grave” and “First Sight” I have grown immensely more excited for their forthcoming album 8:18. TDWP is my favorite Metalcore band, and I’m excited to see the direction they progress in with this release. As for GTA V, have y’all seen the trailers? Have you been paying attention to the news about what is sure to be the game of the year? Fuck COD : Ghosts, Fuck PS4s and Xbox Ones, right now it’s all about GTA V. I can’t wait to spend countless hours of time I should be sleeping in the make believe world of Los Santos.
The week following, the week of the 24th, is when shit gets really hectic for me. That Tuesday we have another of the year’s most anticipated releases, Touché Amoré’s Is Survived By. That album drops the 24th, which also happens to be the day I’ll be seeing B&C and Title Fight in concert at the Epicentre. I’ll be attending that show with my girlfriend and two close firends who’ve never B&C live before. I’ve only seen them once. So not only will I be listening to another of my album of the year contender’s, but I’ll be losing my mind at a concert with two of my favorite bands with people I love. As for TA, they’ve been hyping us up pretty well for this release. After PTSBBAM, they’ve released enough EPs and Split EPs to fill most bands entire back catalogue. Now here we are on the verge of their third full length album and I couldn’t be more excited for it. Not to mention, the day after I watch B&C/TF I’ll be in LA watching B&C/TA at their CO-RECORD RELEASE SHOW. Two shows, three bands I love, two days, and the chance to score rare tour/record release variants of new records; I don’t know if I’m going to survive.
September, how I love you. Leaves are continuing to fall from trees. Skies are getting grayer (unless you live in AZ or CA). The wind grows more chilling day after day (unless you live in AZ or CA). Hoodies and flannel are now appropriate AND effective. And besides your beautiful weather, you’re bearing the gift of great music, great concerts, and great video games. Three bands, three new albums, and two concerts all neatly packed into September’s quaint 30 days.
Enjoy your lives everyone,
(The Boys Noize post inspired this one)
Here’s what I’ve been listening to lately (in no particular order) :
Every Time I Die
- Their entire catalogue is mega good, but I’ve been listening to Gutter Phenomenon, The Big Dirty, and Ex-Lives the most.
The Acacia Strain
- Since the show last weekend I’ve went through Death Is The Only Mortal a handful of times. There’s something oddly alluring about the violence on the record. (No, I’m not going to kill anyone… Yet.)
The Devil Wears Prada
- I’m a big fan of almost anything TDWP, but usually stick to With Roots Above and Branches Below and anything after that. I’ve listened to Dead Throne a lot lately.
- A friend from school recommended Blackmill to me so, I’ve listened to some of their material on Spotify and I’ve enjoyed what I’ve heard. It’s good EDM with a little bit of a dark (not too dark) mood to it.
- I’ve known of Shing02 since I fell in love with his song “Battlecry” for the opening credits of Samurai Champloo, but I’ve never followed through with that love to check out his other stuff. Thanks to Spotify (noticing a trend?) I’ve been able to do that and I’m torn, but let me explain : The music is good, solid Hip Hop with a foreign (in this case, Japanese) influence. But he raps in his native tongue and I can’t understand it as I do not speak Japanese (I wish). So I really like the beats, and I like his flow, but I don’t now what he’s saying. That’s the only downside.
- I’m never not listening to P.O.S. Never Better is one of my favorite albums of all time, and WDELH is great as well. Get well soon Stef.
And here’s some artists I’m waiting to release new material (also in no particular order) :
The Uncluded (Aesop Rock & Kimya Dawson)
The Story So Far
The Devil Wears Prada
A Day To Remember
Sorry this was a long one. Have a good week everyone. Take care.
2013 has got off to a good start (for me) with a solid Rap release from A$AP Rocky’s Long.Live.A$AP, but here’s some more albums I’m waiting for :
Alcoa - Bone and Marrow (February)
Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience (March)
The Story So Far - What You Don’t See (March)
A Day To Remember - Common Courtesy (March)
Daft Punk - To Be Determined (May, reportedly)
Cecil Otter - Porcelain Revolver (?)
Dessa - To Be Determined (?)
Hundredth - Revolt/Resist (March/?)
Defeater - To Be Determined (?)
Touché Amoré - To Be Determined (?)
I’m sure there’s some I’m missing, but I’ll post more as they’re announced or as I find out about them. I’d also like to say that although they haven’t announced anything, I’d like to hear new material from the following :
The Devil Wears Prada
Balance and Composure
Have a good music year guys. If there’s something you think I should keep an eye out for then let me know!
Let me know how my list stacks up against yours! Feedback, comments, and discussion are always welcome! Best of wishes to everyone in 2013.
Top 10 Albums
1. P.O.S - We Don’t Even Live Here
2. Aesop Rock - Skelethon
3. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city
4. Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind
5. Big K.R.I.T - Live From The Underground
6.Title Fight - Floral Green
7. Every Time I Die - Ex-Lives
8. Birds In Row - You, Me & The Violence
9. Baroness - Yellow & Green
10. Brother Ali - Mourning In America, Dreaming In Color
The Ghost Inside - Get What You Give, The Chariot - One Wing, The Weeknd - Trilogy, Parkway Drive - Atlas, Action Bronson - Rare Chandeliers
Most Anticipated for 2013
The Story So Far
A Day To Remember
1. Django Unchained
3. The Dark Knight Rises
4. The Raid Redemption
5. The Man With The Iron Fists
Looper, Skyfall, Wreck It Ralph, Killing Them Softly
The show I went to on Tuesday was awesome. Lower Than Atlantis, Close Your Eyes, and Oh, Sleeper were my highlights of the night. I haven’t heard a lot of LTA but they have found a small cove in my heart and nestled themselves into it. CYE made me fall in love with their music and their energy all over again. Oh, Sleeper made me realize how much I love Christian Metalcore (or any Metalcore for that matter) especially when it comes from a different approach to songwriting.
All in all it was a good time with good friends watching a good show with good bands.
It’s been two years since we’ve had a full length release from American Metalcore act The Devil Wears Prada but with Dead Throne the guys are, “back for the fourth time around and still meaning every word.” (Untidaled)
WRAABB was TDWP’s best example of their melodic-heavy Metalcore style, but with 2010’s Zombie EP we heard an evolution in style and structure. Dead Throne continues the process with a beefier, faster, louder Prada. If you heard their work on Zombie then imagine that in full length form with more melodies, their spiritual focus, and you’ve got the basis of Dead Throne. But that’s not to say Dead Throne is a re-hash of the EP with new lyrics, although you can easily hear what the albums have in common. Of all the similarities the easiest to pick out are the heaviness, and the more frequent use of Hranica’s booming lows.
The new album starts out in your face and never backs off. There’s even an instrumental song that’s heavier than some of their older material. “What you hold dear offers no salvation” from ”Dead Throne” is the first line to give you an indication of the subject matter. The album as a whole deals with idolatry and the idea that people are more concerned with themselves and the world around them than they should be. But false idols aren’t the only issue dealt with. Hranica also deals with more personal struggles such as in “R.I.T (Rest In Torment)” where he says, “You see me for what I am: damaged.” and also, “I will bask in the blackness of my darkest days.”, giving you the idea he’s gone or is going through some internal conflicts. Depression, love lost, insomnia, and copy-cat musicians are all addressed. They’re all handled well but no message stands out more than that of anti-idolatry. “Mammoth”, “Vengeance”, and “Born To Lose” face the challenge head on. These tracks are among my favorites as well as “Constance” which is about a fear of insomnia and also includes guest vocals from Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying.
Of the catalogue TDWP has produced thus far, I keep WRAABB and Dead Throne in high regards (not to say I don’t love all their stuff). Dead Throne is another great release but I do have a couple minor grievances. One of the elements I enjoyed most about “pre-Zombie" Prada was their "melody before heavy" formula (if that makes sense). The songs weren’t as continuously heavy as opposed to building to a climax midway through the song or in the end (or starting with one : "Big Wiggly Style", "Danger: Wildman"). But with Dead Throne the album is so consistently heavy that the breakdowns or “mosh parts” are blended in with everything else. I love the heaviness but it leaves no room for the breakdowns to stand out. My other small complaint has to do with the vocal work. Although Mike and Jeremy are great as usual, I feel that there is almost too much going on vocally. There are Mike’s signature highs, lows, and some new stuff from him, Jeremy’s singing/yelling, and even some background screaming/yelling from Chris Rubey (guitar). I respect the guys trying new things but they sometimes sound cluttered or repetitive. As good as the new music sounds it’s almost unfair to cover it with all the vocals.
With those minor things aside I really like Dead Throne and from what I’m hearing so does everyone else. In typical TDWP fashion the guys bring substance filled lyrics over their new, not so typical TDWP style. They challenged themselves musically and lyrically while also challenging you, the listener.
"It all comes back full circle." (Mammoth)
You can get the album from iTunes or anywhere music is sold.
You’re presuming a lot about me.
Let’s look at it only in facts for a second.