With Roots Above And Branches Below review by The Devil Wears Prada

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  • Released: May 5, 2009
  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.1 (178 votes)
The Devil Wears Prada: With Roots Above And Branches Below
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Sound — 9
Ok, The Devil Wears Prada is a great, unique band that has influenced a lot of bands now, and they came out with their 3rd album, With Roots Above And Branches Below a while ago. In an interview with Jeremy Depoyster (Rhythm guitarist, Clean Vox), the band member stated that the band really tried getting away from the "screamo" title, and going to the "metal" scene. The album definately sounds like some of their past work, but so much stuff changed as well. Mike Hranica's (Lead vox, screaming) scream really changed. If you listen to some of his Plagues songs, and then to a song like Big Wiggly Style off of his new album, you can totally tell the difference. One of my friends told me his new scream was called a "power fry". Not sure if that's true or not but it is definately different. I really like it though because it sounds like his putting his all into it. Also something that changed. Jeremy Depoyster's role in the band. He is pretty much the frontman now. The song "Louder than Thunder", is just him singing, and it is a greatttt song. They also put more spots for Jeremy to sing in. Like Hranica, it also sounds like he's putting all he's got into his singing.

Lyrics — 10
Most people can't understand the lyrics in The Devil Wears Prada's songs because they always used to chop up the lyrics to fit the song. This isn't a bad thing, but in this album, they didn't do it as much as they used to. Ex. Hey John, What's Your Name Again vs. Dez Moines. If you ever did look up the lyrics to any Devil Wears Prada song, you would have been amazed at how good their lyricism is. With Roots Above and Branches Below is no exception. Every single song means something to them, and every song they write is so deep and amazing. You have to really think about them to fully understand them. Look up the songs Assistant to the Regional Manager, Dez Moines, Big Wiggly Style, or Wapakalypse, and you'll see what I mean. Although Mike Hranica really changed his screaming style, it fits the songs really well. In some songs he even does a high scream and overdubs it with a low scream to make it sound so sick. And for the last part, I don't even need to type this, but Jeremy Depoyster's voice is crazy amazing on this album. Period.

Overall Impression — 10
This album is great, it is probably one of the best albums released in 2009. They have a couple really heavy drop b songs that are different from their normal stuff that adds to the awesomeness. The most impressive songs off this album are: Assistant to the Regional Manager, Dez Moines, Big Wiggly Style, Danger: Wildman, Wapakalypse, and Louder than Thunder. I really love Mike's new scream, and how they added more clean vocal parts. The drumming is also fantastic in this song like every TDWP album! There's really nothing to hate about this album. Buy this, this is the best Devil Wears Prada album out!

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    Alpha_Wolf
    Karmekarten wrote: Yeah same here.. too mainstream.. not original.. the guitar work Sucked big time on their other albums( its just fast palm muting the low C..)but i'll give this album a shot.. assisstant to the regional manager... good idea haha
    Except TDWP doesn't play in Drop C, or have any songs in Drop C.
    natuMzzri
    As most of us know The Devil Wears Prada is a christian band. Knowing this you would expect to hear the words "jesus" and "god" thrown around in just about every song.
    How many christian metal bands (or even rock bands) actually say God or Jesus in their songs? Honestly, not many at all. Usually it's all metaphorical or they just say 'He' or 'You'. As for the sound of this album, I really don't see how they changed their style since plagues; I think they just improved their sound
    SGofawesome
    Andrew C. S. wrote: SGofawesome wrote: Andrew C. S. wrote: Pros: -Guitar work has greatly improved in contrast to the last two albums; exceptional use of delay. -Jeremy's clean vocals are breathtaking even if it sounds a bit off-key (e.g. "Lord Xenu"). -Songwriting is a bit more organized than Plagues & Dear Love, which were painfully random. -Drumming sounds incredibly pure and solid, especially the double bass. -A lot more piano mixed in with the guitar. -Synths are much more refreshing and less repetitive than the previous albums. -Mike's highs & lows are sometimes layered over each other in a similar fashion to Oli Sykes (Bring Me The Horizon). Cons: -Double bass is over-used. -Mike's screams have suffered to a point where his highs & mids sound nearly one-dimensional. -Mike's low growls are basically non-existent. -At least 3 breakdowns in almost every song. -Song titles are obnoxiously amusing (this gimmick is getting very old in the world of metalcore). Standout Tracks: "Lord Xenu" "Assistant To The Regional Manager" "Gimme Half" "Wapakalypse" "Big Wiggly Style" Overall: 8/10 I'm confused on the part where you say the double bass is incredibly pure and solid, but then you say it's overused. And, TDWP is the only band that can make a song have 3 breakdowns and make it sound good. The choice of standout tracks were poor. Danger: Wildman, Assistant, Sassafrass, and probably Dez Moines. You're right about everything, aren't you?
    Hahahaha, yes. Why would you praise the double bass then hate on it?
    sniper123_4
    @ timetodantz93, your an idiot, this album is amazing and i couldnt be more pleased by their music. All albums are great and this CD is a game changer, thats why you dont like it, its something new and is going to help evolve and make our music bigger and better... TDWP = One of best bands based on lyrics and rhythm. Amazing album TDWP, good job.
    Andrew C. S.
    SGofawesome wrote: Andrew C. S. wrote: Pros: -Guitar work has greatly improved in contrast to the last two albums; exceptional use of delay. -Jeremy's clean vocals are breathtaking even if it sounds a bit off-key (e.g. "Lord Xenu"). -Songwriting is a bit more organized than Plagues & Dear Love, which were painfully random. -Drumming sounds incredibly pure and solid, especially the double bass. -A lot more piano mixed in with the guitar. -Synths are much more refreshing and less repetitive than the previous albums. -Mike's highs & lows are sometimes layered over each other in a similar fashion to Oli Sykes (Bring Me The Horizon). Cons: -Double bass is over-used. -Mike's screams have suffered to a point where his highs & mids sound nearly one-dimensional. -Mike's low growls are basically non-existent. -At least 3 breakdowns in almost every song. -Song titles are obnoxiously amusing (this gimmick is getting very old in the world of metalcore). Standout Tracks: "Lord Xenu" "Assistant To The Regional Manager" "Gimme Half" "Wapakalypse" "Big Wiggly Style" Overall: 8/10 I'm confused on the part where you say the double bass is incredibly pure and solid, but then you say it's overused. And, TDWP is the only band that can make a song have 3 breakdowns and make it sound good. The choice of standout tracks were poor. Danger: Wildman, Assistant, Sassafrass, and probably Dez Moines.
    You're right about everything, aren't you?
    BlackHollow562
    LOL a reviewer said that the drummer should be drummer of the year -while Matt greiner from august burns red makes their drummer sound like Jonas Brothers.LOL
    SOADbeast
    big wiggly style has the most epic first second in a song ive ever heard in the history of song recording
    SGofawesome
    Andrew C. S. wrote: Pros: -Guitar work has greatly improved in contrast to the last two albums; exceptional use of delay. -Jeremy's clean vocals are breathtaking even if it sounds a bit off-key (e.g. "Lord Xenu"). -Songwriting is a bit more organized than Plagues & Dear Love, which were painfully random. -Drumming sounds incredibly pure and solid, especially the double bass. -A lot more piano mixed in with the guitar. -Synths are much more refreshing and less repetitive than the previous albums. -Mike's highs & lows are sometimes layered over each other in a similar fashion to Oli Sykes (Bring Me The Horizon). Cons: -Double bass is over-used. -Mike's screams have suffered to a point where his highs & mids sound nearly one-dimensional. -Mike's low growls are basically non-existent. -At least 3 breakdowns in almost every song. -Song titles are obnoxiously amusing (this gimmick is getting very old in the world of metalcore). Standout Tracks: "Lord Xenu" "Assistant To The Regional Manager" "Gimme Half" "Wapakalypse" "Big Wiggly Style" Overall: 8/10
    I'm confused on the part where you say the double bass is incredibly pure and solid, but then you say it's overused. And, TDWP is the only band that can make a song have 3 breakdowns and make it sound good. The choice of standout tracks were poor. Danger: Wildman, Assistant, Sassafrass, and probably Dez Moines.
    Cabooser
    Karmekarten wrote: Gregray88 wrote: Not a fan of the band, but I like that they named a song after a quote from The Office Yeah same here.. too mainstream.. not original.. the guitar work Sucked big time on their other albums( its just fast palm muting the low C..)but i'll give this album a shot.. assisstant to the regional manager... good idea haha
    they don't play in drop c, either drop deezy or drop beezy
    johnrulezdood
    ConnorOnFire wrote: jetfuel495 wrote: Brattarocks wrote: "The Devil Wears Prada" ...wow what a hardcore name...Came from the book, in case you're wondering. According to the band, it didn't.
    where did you read that at cuz i do believe one of their moms were reading the book and they were like o thats kool and used it
    a7xfan235
    zeroordie6868 wrote: Jeremy's vocals are so amazing now. Mike's lows are beginning to weaken but he still is so ****ing heavy!
    Andrew C. S. wrote: Pros: -Guitar work has greatly improved in contrast to the last two albums; exceptional use of delay. -Jeremy's clean vocals are breathtaking even if it sounds a bit off-key (e.g. "Lord Xenu"). -Songwriting is a bit more organized than Plagues & Dear Love, which were painfully random. -Drumming sounds incredibly pure and solid, especially the double bass. -A lot more piano mixed in with the guitar. -Synths are much more refreshing and less repetitive than the previous albums. -Mike's highs & lows are sometimes layered over each other in a similar fashion to Oli Sykes (Bring Me The Horizon). Cons: -Double bass is over-used. -Mike's screams have suffered to a point where his highs & mids sound nearly one-dimensional. -Mike's low growls are basically non-existent. -At least 3 breakdowns in almost every song. -Song titles are obnoxiously amusing (this gimmick is getting very old in the world of metalcore). Standout Tracks: "Lord Xenu" "Assistant To The Regional Manager" "Gimme Half" "Wapakalypse" "Big Wiggly Style" Overall: 8/10
    if u see them live u will c mikes lows are still awesum
    Dr.Wexler
    i was worried when i heard that they were coming out with a new album because i was afraid if they were to sell out but a friend of mine got a hold of it a bit before it hit the stores and gave me a copy and i couldn't have been more satisfied than a kid with down-syndrome at chuckie cheese's
    Demon Seraph
    lllostmotelll wrote: Don't you guys know not to feed the trolls? They go away if you ignore them. I never understood why someone would go to a review of an album from a band they don't even like, but it still happens. Whatever though.
    I think what we need is some troll spray on this board. TDWP FTW WOOT!
    ^SiVART^
    I've loved TDWP for a long time...but this record wasn't as good as i thought it would be! Mikes vocals are really bad...i think he was best when they started and is getting weaker...although the music is good i think they should just go Drop B on every song! Even thought I do love the guitars,keys and drums...they should give andy something better though! but Jeremy's vocals are amazing!!!!! And The Devil Wears Prada-they got the name before they knew about the book and it's not the same meaning..The Devil Wears Prada is this...it's a state of mind...The Devil Wears Prada..Prada shoes..people like them(I don't but) the meaning is The devil uses things that people like to get them on his side...it's a ****ing state of mind not off the ****ing book!!! And...I wish they weren't christian... all in all Plagues>What Roots above and branches below
    Untamed_Horizon
    Andrew C. S. wrote: -Double bass is over-used.
    Well in anything hardcore (or even metal), double bass and repetitive hard riffage have been a common act of crying out for attention. It's like yelling "Hey I'm really br00tal". It's the same with how tremolo picking became a big thing in speed metal, or how people hogged whacky random solos (ahem Arsis ahem) until at one point people thought "Wow, this is starting to get overwhelmingly stupid and boring"
    Andrew C. S. wrote: -Song titles are obnoxiously amusing (this gimmick is getting very old in the world of metalcore.
    It's part of the scene lol, can't stop the kids from spewing their nonsensical titles.
    Andrew C. S.
    Pros: -Guitar work has greatly improved in contrast to the last two albums; exceptional use of delay. -Jeremy's clean vocals are breathtaking even if it sounds a bit off-key (e.g. "Lord Xenu"). -Songwriting is a bit more organized than Plagues & Dear Love, which were painfully random. -Drumming sounds incredibly pure and solid, especially the double bass. -A lot more piano mixed in with the guitar. -Synths are much more refreshing and less repetitive than the previous albums. -Mike's highs & lows are sometimes layered over each other in a similar fashion to Oli Sykes (Bring Me The Horizon). Cons: -Double bass is over-used. -Mike's screams have suffered to a point where his highs & mids sound nearly one-dimensional. -Mike's low growls are basically non-existent. -At least 3 breakdowns in almost every song. -Song titles are obnoxiously amusing (this gimmick is getting very old in the world of metalcore). Standout Tracks: "Lord Xenu" "Assistant To The Regional Manager" "Gimme Half" "Wapakalypse" "Big Wiggly Style" Overall: 8/10
    Untamed_Horizon
    This album grew on me after a few listens, but in my opinion plagues has to be better than this. With roots... has nice production and everything, but it just doesn't have the originality the band was able to make show of on their soft-more album. But I have to admit their earliest album was just totally bad. Once you put it aside debuts of other really extreme bands like arsis and the black dahlia murder (may we also add children of bodom?) you know the guys from TDWP began off with *very* weak chops on the guitar.
    Andrew C. S.
    SGofawesome wrote: Andrew C. S. wrote: SGofawesome wrote: Andrew C. S. wrote: Pros: -Guitar work has greatly improved in contrast to the last two albums; exceptional use of delay. -Jeremy's clean vocals are breathtaking even if it sounds a bit off-key (e.g. "Lord Xenu"). -Songwriting is a bit more organized than Plagues & Dear Love, which were painfully random. -Drumming sounds incredibly pure and solid, especially the double bass. -A lot more piano mixed in with the guitar. -Synths are much more refreshing and less repetitive than the previous albums. -Mike's highs & lows are sometimes layered over each other in a similar fashion to Oli Sykes (Bring Me The Horizon). Cons: -Double bass is over-used. -Mike's screams have suffered to a point where his highs & mids sound nearly one-dimensional. -Mike's low growls are basically non-existent. -At least 3 breakdowns in almost every song. -Song titles are obnoxiously amusing (this gimmick is getting very old in the world of metalcore). Standout Tracks: "Lord Xenu" "Assistant To The Regional Manager" "Gimme Half" "Wapakalypse" "Big Wiggly Style" Overall: 8/10 I'm confused on the part where you say the double bass is incredibly pure and solid, but then you say it's overused. And, TDWP is the only band that can make a song have 3 breakdowns and make it sound good. The choice of standout tracks were poor. Danger: Wildman, Assistant, Sassafrass, and probably Dez Moines. You're right about everything, aren't you? Hahahaha, yes. Why would you praise the double bass then hate on it?
    I'm saying that the sound and production of the double bass drumming is outstanding, and I really do love it, but they implement it a little bit too much. On a side note, Dead Throne is br00talz as phuck.