Sound — 9
Within the past five years The Devil Wears Prada have consistently proven to be one of the biggest and most unique bands in modern metalcore. They have released 3 albums and one EP throughout their carreer and have headlined multiple tours including the Vans Warped Tour. They're most recent LP With Roots Above and Branches Below is considered by many to be a staple of modern metalcore. That being said all three of their LP's have had generally the same sound and dynamics to them; high pitched growl, low pitched growl, breakdown, clean chorus, repeat. In my opinion With Roots was the last time they could use that same formula and get away with it without too much critique from metal buff's like myself who are fed up with the same thing over and over again. Honestly I didn't have too much hope that DWP would be able to stay alive in the metal world until I heard Zombie EP which changed everything. The sheer aggresion and power that is apparent in Zombie EP is just what the band needed to stay afloat. With all of that background knowledge now ground into your fat metalhead skull I can now say that Dead Throne would either make or break the respect I had for this band and I could not wait to hear what they had done. Once I started up the first track I was immediately immersed into a world of fury and anger that would remain apparent throughout the entire record. The beautiful guitar work and the spine-tingling vocals make for the most powerful and alltogether heavy sound that DWP has ever created. Each song is just the right length to keep you tuned in without getting bored or zoning out and they're all different enough from eachother so that it doesn't feel as though you're listening to the same song over and over again, which is a problem DWP have encountered in the past.The slow and relatively eerie tracks Chicago and Kansas make for a perfect intermission between songs so as to give the listener a time to recooperate from the bludgeoning heaviness on each half of the album. Each track fits in perfectly with the rest creating a true masterpiece of an album and most certainly DWP's best of all time.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics on Dead Throne are not much different than the lyrics on their other albums but they definetely fit in better on Dead Throne than they ever have. This is mainly because this is the first DWP LP to not include irritating and altogether immature song titles that just make it so that the seemingly serious sounding songs cannot be taken seriously. This shows a sign of maturity for DWP which was something that they definetely needed to show. Now, the lyrics about god, war, love, and life in general can be understood better than they have been on past records. Also Mike Hranica's layered vocals on Dead Throne add to each song to make it heavier and more original sounding so that the songs on Dead Throne differentiate from past DWP songs.
Overall Impression — 10
Overall this is the best DWP album of all time (although zombie ep is close to being #1) and most certainly the heaviest. The entire produciton was exectuted perfectly from the crisp sounding vocals, to the album titles that are finally meaningful and relevant to the songs themselves. Not only is this the best DWP album of all time, in my opinion it's one of the best albums of 2011. Although I love every track on this album the few standouts are My Questions, Untitaled, and Constance. This album is a staple in any metalhead's library, long time DWP fans, and new fans. Please support these guys and buy this masterpiece album and be sure to catch them on the Dead Throne Tour in the fall of 2011 with supporting acts Enter Shikari, Whitechapel, and For Today.