By Jeremy Hall
I’m sure most The Devil Wears Prada fans were as surprised as I was to see a follow up to the Space EP so soon, but after hearing the full album it is clear that Transit Blues needed to be heard by the masses. Being one of the most consistent metal core bands over the last decade, the Dayton, Ohio natives literally come out swinging with bangers like “Praise Poison” and the album’s single “Daughter.” While some may look to these early tracks as a sign of the band going back to its heavy roots — the subtle changes may go unheard, but not for long as tracks like “Detroit Tapes” and “The Condition” prepare you for a clear evolution which culminates in the dynamic and versatile track “To the Key of Evergreen.” Vocalist Mike Hranica delivers flawless poetry. Amongst the backdrop of melodic riffs and crashing drums he bellows:
We’ll climb the mountains before we meet the sea / The rain will stop eventually / I’ll drive slow across black ice / you’ll be safe to rest your eyes / My lovely, you’ll be safe to rest your eyes
The album culminates in the title track “Transit Blues” which manages in one track to mirror the flow and dynamic of the whole album, taking you from a fast violent start to a moment of clarity, like a calm before the storm, and back again.
Transit Blues was released today, and is available for download here.