Sound — 8
The Zombie EP, plain and simple, is deathcore--breached only by soaring, epic choruses and the occasional synth melodies and creepy sound effects. Evidently it's about zombies, outnumbering humans in a post-apocalyptic earth. Both the storyline and the sound have a dark, cinematic feel, and the guitar riffage, machine-gun double bass passages, and palm-muted breakdowns keep it energized enough to stir up the pit. Stylistically, this EP may turn off some of TDWP's fans from the lighter crowd, but is sure to impress deathcore and heavier-scene metalcore fans.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics seem to be from the perspective of one of the few humans left on earth. If there's any hidden metaphors that have anything to do with Christian faith, they're pretty hard to find. While not very thought-provoking (and not meant to be), the lyrics are relatively poetic and tie in well with the EP's storyline. As usual, Mike Hranica's screaming does not disappoint. Combining guttural lows with shrill, terrorized highs, Hranica's voice meshes perfectly with the heaviness of the music behind him. On the other hand, Jeremy DePoyster's high-pitched, melodic voice offers a contrast to the disc's chaotic moments. DePoyster's vocals basically make the choruses and go unmatched in the scene.
Overall Impression — 8
Zombie EP is quite a departure from TDWP's previous album, moving away from Blessthefall/Confide territory and heading closer to the heavier brand of metalcore, with bands like Mychildren Mybride and A Plea for Purging. But TDWP proves to be more creative than most of their peers on this EP, and their cinematic take on metalcore is sure to separate them from the blast-beat/breakdown/repeat crowd. Some of the standout tracks include "Revive" and "Survivor." The songs aren't as memorable as you'd find on a TDWP full-length, but are exciting to listen to and likely even more exciting to throw down to--if you have the balls to even go near the pit during their set. In conclusion, this EP is fast, heavy music about the dead rising and coming after the living. Thought-provoking metalcore it's not, but Zombie EP serves its purpose in being fun, for lack of a better term. If it were stolen/lost I'd buy this again, but a Devil Wears Prada fan who's just not into deathcore won't.