"The Act" is the seventh studio album by American metalcore band The Devil Wears Prada. It was released on 11th October 2019 on the Solid State Records label.
Largely written by keyboardist Jonathan Gering, The Act sees The Devil Wears Prada attempt to reinvent itself. Listening to “Lines of Your Hands” shows the band can do this without obnoxious trend-hopping. The song embraces hyper-emotive post-hardcore (by way of bottom-heavy emo-punk), atmospheric tremolo lines and impassioned vocals.
Mike Hranica’s pained cries echo over the quiet synth drones and sequenced beats of “Please Say No,” while Jeremy DePoyster’s dynamic singing takes hold of the song’s catchy, touching chorus. Depoyster’s emotive melodies actually guide most of “Chemicals,” letting Hranica take on a supplemental roll to intensify certain passages. The stripped-down arrangements, coupled with a noticeably blunter lyrical approach, suit The Devil Wears Prada well. Of course, these guys aren’t about to jump ship from their heavier past.
This album will likely underwhelm fans who want to relive their scene-kid phase but the songwriting chops on display here continue to keep The Devil Wears Prada away from stagnation.
Reviewed by Max Heilman for riffmagazine.com. User Comments