Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Devil Wears Prada at Irving Plaza

Mike Hranica
Founded in 2005 in Dayton, Ohio, the name of the melodic metalcore band The Devil Wears Prada came from the novel of the same name which was later made into a film; the phrase represented an anti-materialistic mindset that appealed to the musicians. The Devil Wears Prada presently consists of Mike Hranica (vocals), Jeremy DePoyster (rhythm guitar, vocals), Andy Trick (bass), and Daniel Williams (drums). The group has released five albums, the most recent being 2013's 8:18; the Space EP will be released this summer.

Following last month's departure of founding member and guitarist Chris Rubey, the Devil Wears Prada embarked on the Zombie 5 tour with the band's guitar tech, Kyle Sipress, taking on the guitar parts. The tour celebrates the fifth anniversary of the band's Zombie EP, and so the band performed all five songs from the EP, along with one to three songs from each of its albums, plus two new songs from a forthcoming EP. Opening with "Assistant to the Regional Manager," the Devil Wears Prada began its bludgeoning assault. The charm was in how amidst brutal metal licks, the band moved from dark lyrics and harsh vocals to lighter lyrics accentuated by clean vocals. While not a unique technique, these brief moments of balance were executed exceptionally well. By and large, however, the fist pumpers dominated the set and bristled with friction, maintaining melody over fierce breakdowns and torrential barrages of metal cavalcades. This was primal, pounding metalcore stitched together with refreshing interludes of brightness.

Visit the Devil Wears Prada at www.tdwpband.com.