REVIEW: The Devil Wears Prada – ’8:18′

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ARTIST: The Devil Wears Prada
ALBUM: 8:18
GENRE: Metalcore
LABEL: Roadrunner Records

Once a band has released so many albums, or been around for so many years, I start to become wary of new music by them. There are so many examples of bands releasing one too many albums which basically ruins them for me. When I heard that The Devil Wears Prada was releasing new music I was both excited and nervous. I loved Dead Throne so much and I wasn’t sure how they would manage to top it.

Something that is a complaint of many fans is the change in Mike Hranica’s vocals. His voice has definitely changed after years of touring and recording albums, there’s no doubt about that. The band also stated that they went with a more raw sound for Mike’s vocals on 8:18, so it would sound more like he does when the band perform live. Either way, it was a bit of a shock on Dead Throne when he yelled some of the lyrics instead of his normal screams. I have to admit, I find it a little strange at times, but it fits well with the direction they have taken their sound.

8:18 starts off with “Gloom,” which was the very first song they performed live off this album. This was before they had even announced they’d be releasing a new album. It opens with a creepy synth intro, and that melody is played repeatedly throughout the song. This is definitely one of their heaviest tracks too, and hardly features any clean vocals.

While there are different things I like about each track on the album, I have two personal favorites. “Sailor’s Prayer” is the first. The clean vocals are what sell it for me on this song. We don’t get to hear Jeremy all that much on this album, and this track is a reminder that he really is a great vocalist. It’s incredibly catchy as well, and you will be singing along in no time. My next favorite track is “Care More.” It’s the only song where Jeremy is singing the entire time, and only briefly features Mike. It’s eerie, slow, and will give you goosebumps the first time you listen to it. Maybe even the first few times.

Does the guitar sound familiar on “Transgress” right around 50 seconds? Are you not sure why it sounds so familiar?. Well, it’s a throwback to one of their older tracks, “Assistant To The Regional Manager,” off With Roots Above And Branches Below. They have a few other throwbacks throughout the album — I’ll leave you to find those for yourself.

“Martyrs” and “Home For Grave” were both perfect songs to be released as singles. “Martyrs” gives fans a little bit of the sound we heard on Zombie EP, while “Home For Grave” feels a little bit like With Roots Above And Branches Below. There really aren’t any tracks that sound quite the same as the two of those do.

If you enjoyed Dead Throne, then you will have no problem getting into 8:18. My biggest complaint is that their sound seems to have gotten lighter, and Mike Hranica’s vocals are more yelling than ear drum shattering screams. I think any old school fan will admit they miss those killer vocals, and while I love their new stuff I wish they’d bring back some of those growls! I’d like to see something like their Zombie EP except full length, themed or not.

I recommend checking out one of their singles, and if you like it, then don’t hesitate picking up 8:18.

SCORE: 8/10
Review written by Kriston McConnell

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  • PaperTrees

    Mikes voices is not messed up.
    Any real fan, and/or person who actually does their research
    Will know that Mike wanted the album to sound raw, or
    Similar to how they Sound live.

    Love this album, best yet.

  • Kriston McConnell

    Actually, I did know that, and I never said that his voice was messed up. I am aware that they wanted to sound more “raw,” but his voice has changed regardless. I know plenty of people who did not like ‘Dead Throne,’ and do not like ’8:18′ specifically because his vocals are different. I am not one of those people. I don’t appreciate being accused of not being a fan when I’ve probably seen them live more times than any other band and I have every single album including their EP before ‘Dear Love’ was released.

  • PaperTrees

    I never claimed you weren’t a fan. I read your review, and it’s pretty clear you quite enjoyed the album. I was referring to the research.

    You never written “messed up” in the review, either. I written that solely based on fans comments about mikes vocals. I was adding that it was his intentional style, to sound more RAW.

    just wanted to make that clear. My whole point was referring to mikes vocals. I wish you written that in the review, as it pretty much sums up the album.

    However, this was a great review.

  • Kriston McConnell

    Thank you! I agree I should have added that to the review. I’m sure not everyone has heard/read about the band wanting Mike to sound more raw like they do live. Maybe I’ll tweak it just a little bit so that it makes that clearer.

  • PaperTrees

    Exactly, a lot of fans were confused about the style.

    Oh, that sounds good, keep writing reviews! :)

  • Kriston McConnell

    Done! Hopefully it looks a bit better now :) Thank you for bringing that up.

  • Brian Lion

    As a longtime fan of the band, it’s hard for me to get behind the vocal change even though I appreciate the choice to make it sound as it would live. The new whiny yells since ‘Dead Throne’ just don’t work for me. I thought it would grow on me but I just find them kind of obnoxious. I wish they would release instrumental versions of ‘Dead Throne’ and ’8:18′ because the music is so fun, but to me I haven’t liked anything more than ‘Plagues’ and the ‘Zombie EP.’ If they have released instrumental versions (I haven’t done my research) point me in the right direction haha.

  • Gavin Stella

    I personally started with Dear Love and worked my way up after Roots had been released and I’m always behind when albums are released. This review helped a lot and I agree. Care More is probably one of my favorites. I LOVE the tone and mood. I personally think his voice sounds amazing regardless. But the raw sound almost helps in the way that people aren’t all excited forthis brutal hardcore growl and scream andthen they see themlive and its all raw and shit. I like it. Thanks though!