Longtime metalcore band The Devil Wears Prada is back with an incredible album that should be the surprise of the year.
Let’s be honest, metalcore has become somewhat predictable with only a few bands making quality music. Even still, it’s become stagnant as there has been very little growth in the genre over the past decade.
This is where The Act comes into play. The group’s 7th album travels into unknown territory and gives us a glimpse of what metalcore can be.
The Act is a multi-dimmensional album spitting of fury, emotion, and angst. It seems as though, when they covered Julien Baker’s heart wrenching Sour Breath, it was a sign of themes to come.
Lines of your Hands carries along with it a memorable chorus while Chemical is a painfully accurate depiction of mental illness. “Waking up to no meaning I stare at the ceiling, Count the imperfections that, Surround my being, can tell how I’m feeling, And it hurts more when you ask, There’s a hole in my head and heart, But I’m a long way from the start, There’s a hole in my head and heart, But I’m a long way from, Back when I couldn’t move, was frozen, I told myself, it’s all good, It’s only chemical.”
The album doesn’t quit with each song raising the bar a bit further. The middle section in particular is worth noting. Chemical transitions into the moody and aggressive Wave of Youth, into the pleading Please Say No.
Mike Hranica’s vocals could be grating at first listen as there aren’t too many low growls on the album. They’re replaced by high pitched screams drenched in raw desperation.
The Thread is a slow build before exploding into one of the few breakdowns on the LP and it has its desired effect. By reducing breakdowns, the brutality of the ending is thundering.
Then there’s Diamond Lost. It’s hard to pick which song is the best, or which one is most fitting to be a single, but Diamond Lost could be it. With a solid bass groove paired with harmonizing vocals, it’s possibly the most standout track.
I’m not sure if I’ve ever heard a more diverse metal album that is executed perfectly. Don’t sleep on this masterpiece; if you don’t care for it now, give it time, you’ll love it.