The Devil Wears Prada
Key Tracks: Supernova, Asteroid
In August of 2010, American metalcore quintet The Devil Wears Prada dropped the Zombie EP, an out-of-character sci-fi thriller that saw the band push the limits of their sound and abilities. Almost exactly five years later, the now-four piece is back with the Space EP, a six song tower of aliens and space travel expanding on last year’s massive 8:18. As with Zombie, Space sees the band taking a lyrical pause from their normal faith and suffering considerations to stretch their creativity.
Space starts with “Planet A”, whose eerie opening dialogue introduces the protagonist as an astronaut named Elizabeth stranded alone on a planet simply known as “A”. Frontman and lyricist Mike Hranica delivers his trademark brand of screams, a hoarse, squawky yelp descending into a maddened, guttural bellows. Absolutely a high starting point.
Second track “Alien” sets the stage back on Earth, as an extraterrestrial species threatens the survival of humanity itself. The band’s frantic thrashings are a perfect blend of chaos for Hranica to scream over. “Game over/We’re done for”, he howls repeatedly, a grim segue into third track “Moon God”.
Guitarist and singer Jeremy DePoyster adds his voice to the melee in a major way for the first time on “Moon God”, while newlywed bassist Andy Trick and drummer Daniel Williams drop a punishing performance to contrast DePoyster’s clean vocals.
“Celestial Mechanics” follows, a largely instrumental piece reminiscent of the first section of “Outnumbered” off of Zombie that paves the way for the standout first single “Supernova”.
Originally released in June, “Supernova” is the strongest piece of the EP, and demonstrates TDWP’s most lasting strengths: meaty metalcore verses interspersed with exceptionally memorable clean choruses.
Hranica and DePoyster trade topnotch performances, especially as the choruses’ desperate pleadings are framed by one of the best lead guitar parts in the post-Chris Rubey era TDWP. “Supernova” represents this ten year band at its finest.
Space ends on a strong note with the brutal “Asteroid”, a hopeless narrative on an asteroid’s doomed trajectory toward Earth. Haunted vocals build up to a deadpan spoken word verse that escalates rapidly to a massive final minute. Let Space take you in. Lose yourself.