Transit Blues

Album Review of Transit Blues by The Devil Wears Prada.

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Transit Blues

The Devil Wears Prada

Transit Blues by The Devil Wears Prada

Release Date: Oct 7, 2016
Record label: Rise
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal, Contemporary Christian, Religious, Alternative CCM, Metalcore

77 Music Critic Score
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Transit Blues - Very Good, Based on 3 Critics

Exclaim - 80
Based on rating 8/10

Transit Blues is the sixth LP release from the Devil Wears Prada and the band's second release since re-signing to Rise Records; their last Rise release was 2007's Plague, a definitive album for the band's career and many angsty teens' emo years. Throughout their career, the band have jumped between metalcore subgenres, and this record features an apparent Southern influence, particularly in the vocals on single "To the Key of Evergreen. " "Flyover States," meanwhile, opens with a western-inspired riff, with vocalist Mike Hranica singing, "Across land, across sea / We can't count the miles / The days, the weeks, the months, the years / We can't count the miles.

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Rock Sound - 80
Based on rating 8/10

Not just another metalcore album. Remember when The Devil Wears Prada were just a metalcore band?Since their humble beginnings, Mike Hranica and his crew have pushed the genre everywhere they can – from impossibly heavy to atmospheric and forward-thinking, and ‘Transit Blues’ finds one of the scene’s most progressive bands drawing on everything they’ve learned.Frantic opener ‘Praise Poison’ feels like the heaviest song they’ve penned in years, while elsewhere the slow, heavy-hitting riff of ‘Lock & Load’ and the desperate, raking soar of ‘Flyover States’ make this a versatile, and interesting album that manages to combine everything that’s great about this band’s rich back catalogue. .

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AllMusic - 70
Based on rating 7/10

Continuing a descent into darkness that began on 2011's Dead Throne, the Devil Wears Prada turn inward on their sixth album, Transit Blues. Deathly serious and relentless in its bleakness, Transit Blues is as blistering and visceral as anything they've done, but a lot of the levity hinted at in the past is long gone. Produced by Dan Korneff (Pierce the Veil, Motionless in White), the 11-song collection packs in the gut-churning breakdowns and bloody screams, leaning heavily on themes of separation and the loss experienced via human movement.

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