Fans of the metalcore genre most likely know the name The Devil Wears Prada. One of the biggest names in metalcore for over 8 years, TDWP has made a name for themselves quickly over the years and haven’t lost a step. This year, they show just how badass they still are with the powerful and brutal 8:18. It’s the same TDWP that has gained so many fans over the years, and yet they somehow have managed to top themselves again.
The album is dark and intense and filled with pure, unadulterated aggression. Ranging from the ambient side of hardcore to the thrash side, 8:18 has something for everyone. With improved instrumentals and vocals on every track, this is a huge step up from the Dead Throne album. The breakdowns are still as amazing as ever, but the standout breakdown is on the track Number Eleven. Easily one of the best breakdowns in recent memories, I couldn’t help rewind this track a few times just to hear that breakdown over and over again. Each track is powerful, aggressive, and clearly some of the best work that this band has put out in years. However, there are some faults in the album. I feel at times the instrumentals were lacking, and vocals also fell flat at times. They are minor gripes, but I feel like the band could’ve improved all this had they tried. It’s certainly not a deal breaker, but it’s one of those nagging gripes that kind of takes away from the album at times.
Easily a top ten album of the year even with it’s minor flaws, 8:18 is a clear step up and a high point for the Dayton, Ohio boys. Riding a wave of momentum from album to album, they show no sign of slowing down anytime soon. Be sure to pick up your copy of 8:18 when it drops in stores September 17th!