Dayton, Ohio Christian metalcore band THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA has set “8:18” as the title of its new album, due on September 17 via Roadrunner Records. The effort will be available for pre-order at THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA‘s official webstore beginning July 30. The collection, which was recorded at Atlanta’s Glow In The Dark Studios and executive-produced by Adam Dutkiewicz of KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, with producer/engineer Matt Goldman, marks the first LP to be released by THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA since 2011’s “Dead Throne”, which debuted at No. 10 on The Billboard 200 and cemented the group as one of the most electrifying acts in modern metal. Songtitles set to appear on the new disc include “Gloom” and “Martyrs”, both of which the band has been performing live at recent shows.
Asked how the new effort compares to 2011’s “Dead Throne”, vocalist Mike Hranica told Music Feeds: “I think it’s kind of a totally new animal. It definitely is a very cohesive record. A lot of the times, I feel like we’ll write songs and a lot of them are really cool songs and they’ll all have kind of a theme, but sometimes they stray from that path of the theme that we originally intended. And I think that this album as a whole, it all sounds like the album, it all is a cohesive idea. Which, don’t get me wrong — I don’t mean to say that all the songs sound the same, because they definitely, each has their own unique personality. But as far as ‘Dead Throne’, our progression from ‘Dead Throne’, I definitely do think that this album is just a more mature record and has a lot more thought put into it. As always — we’re always gonna put a little bit more effort and thought into the new record than our previous effort.”
Back in January, Hranica told Loudwire about the songwriting process for the new album: “For me, I definitely feel a little bit of a carry-over from ‘Dead Throne’, particularly because it was a very cool record for me learning, for me learning to write better and that was working with a new [producer] … working with Adam for the first time and having [A DAY TO REMEMBER‘s] Jeremy McKinnon working on some of the songs with us, and I feel I took a lot from that. On ‘Dead Throne’, there were better vocal parts and everything was more cohesive and understandable and made for better song structure and everything and that had had a big impact on me creatively and so it’s definitely carried over into this.”
He added: “Conceptually, the concepts of ‘Dead Throne’ didn’t carry over. I feel like that would be repetitive and monotonous to keep going at the same subject matter, but obviously, it all comes from the same place and I can say that nothing got more happy or uplifting, really. So I think it’s very much THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, but also it’s got a bit of freshness and originality to it and I think that even musically we started approaching the songs differently. Like, this song could be more like this and working off of a base we never really worked off of before.”
“Dead Throne” sold 32,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 10 on The Billboard 200 chart.