I’ve never really cared for The Devil Wears Prada… they were one of those Hot Topic bands for 15-year-olds I didn’t give a damn about. Their sound was inconsistent and kind of ridiculous and over the top. But even I have to say that they are pretty good at what they do on “Dead Throne”, the band’s fifth album. Is it really that different? Nope. Innovative? Hardly. Catchy and effective? Yes! Okay, so the screams are still formulaic as fuck but the choruses with clean vocals are pretty sweet as are some of the breakdowns. There’s even room for some more use of atmospheric parts in songs like “Kansas” and “Chicago”. I’m not sure how much producer Adam Dutkiewicz had to say about it but fact is that this is a big step forward for these guys. Now, if only we could get them to stop using those annoying screams and we might just get there.