With With Roots Above And Branches Below being the follow-up album to Plagues, there are a lot of expectations; and to put it quite simply, it follows through with them. From the first track, "Sassafras", it gives a perfect glimpse into what should be perceived going in. Classic Devil Wears Prada practically falls into your lap within the first 10 seconds, and if listened to further, the introduction to their musically progressive elements becomes crystal clear. Ending the track with superb melodies and moving into the second, "I Hate Buffering", the focus has become the drum fills that build up the emotion and make you crave even more for the direction to where this band is taking you.
In a brief collision with The Bled-style verse shouts to Saosin-esque harmonies, churned up and spit out in what may seem a chaotic pattern brings one to the following conclusion. The appealing forms of harmonic dissonance and dissonant harmonies are what achieve a sort of legendary musical vernacular that almost force one to sit and listen further. "Dez Moines" brings out another element that makes this album stand out; the defiance of the genre pigeonhole. Vocally, the range of growls, yells, screams, and singing keeps you far from the redundant rhetoric of any genre peg. Once "Danger: Wildman" has been reached, it has been established that this album will easily be in many top tens of the year, almost regardless of what awaits on the rest.
The ability to keep the sound unique throughout the album is spectacular. Again, the point of classifying this album in one genre is moot. "Louder Than Thunder", brings about a slower paced mood while keeping the potency of the bands talent intact. Straying from vocals, which seem to be a more prominent focal point; the instruments are neither far from forgettable nor hardly fall into the background, and the final track "Lord Xenu" is the perfect ending song. Summing up the points of the album: melodic singing; harmonies intertwined with dissonance; refreshing riffs, beats, and fills; while not only keeping the classic Devil Wears Prada style, but progressively improving it.
With Roots Above And Branches Below is easily one of the best albums of the year, providing a staple for fans of the genre, but also a definite must-listen to anyone who likes something unique.
2. I Hate Buffering
3. Assistant To The Regional Manager
4. Dez Moines
5. Big Wiggly Style
6. Danger: Wildman
7. Ben Has A Kid
9. Gimme Half
10. Louder Than Thunder
11. Lord Xenu
The Devil Wears Prada is an American metalcore band from Dayton, Ohio, formed in 2005. They are currently signed to Warner Music Group. The Devil Wears Prada is a Christian band, consisting of members Mike Hranica (vocals), Chris Rubey (lead guitar), Jeremy DePoyster (rhythm guitar, vocals), Andy Trick (bass), Daniel Williams (drums) and James Baney (keyboards), all of whom are Christians. To date the band has released three full-length albums, one DVD, and five music videos.
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