The Devil Wears Prada

Forget everything you knew about The Devil Wears Prada.

The technically proficient, guitar-driven American metal that you'll hear on the band's fourth studio album Dead Throne is bigger and more balanced than what was contended with on 2009's breakthrough offering With Roots Above And Branches Below and 2010's Zombie EP.

Dead Thronesignals a more evolved, more progressive The Devil Wears Prada that is not only larger sonically, but goes much deeper, lyrically. The album contains more than a dozen cutting-edge, razor-sharp, straight-ahead metal tracks that are utterly brilliant not only in their composition, but also in their flawless delivery.

"The songs are inspired by a lot of the things in my heart, per usual," explains frontman Mike Hranica. "A lot of the subject matter was very specific for this record, which is something that has evolved for me. I'd call the album very 'lyrically intentional.'"

Dead Thronewas expertly produced by Killswitch Engage mad genius Adam Dutkiewicz at his Massachusetts-based recording studio -- a collaboration born out of a mutual admiration first realized in early 2010, when The Devil Wears Prada supported Killswitch Engage on tour.

"We got along with Adam very well and he dropped some hints about how he was interested in working with The Devil Wears Prada," Hranica said. "Like any heavy band, clearly we've always been curious about working with the dude, so when he was so cool with us, it really felt natural and right. His impact as far as sound and engineering is purely his ability to capture the rawness of our band and reduce the sterility of it; something I've wanted for a very long time. I couldn't be happier with Adam's influence and I think it works really, really well for us."

Rounded out by guitarist and clean vocalist Jeremy DePoyster, guitarist Chris Rubey, bassist Andy Trick and drummer Daniel Williams, The Devil Wears Prada wrote all of the songs that appear on Dead Throne before heading into the studio with Dutkiewicz, a man the band trusts and respects.

"Adam did have an impact as far as structure and pulling things out and reorganizing. He sped up a number of the songs, cut measures in half, and generally trimmed fat," Rubey offered. "Usually, this would be something that we wouldn't be into coming from a producer, but with Adam it totally worked for the best," he added.

With Dead Throne, The Devil Wears Prada has turned a corner, by turning up the aggression and turning on the emotions. Dead Throne is the product of hard work and The Devil Wears Prada's inevitable musical evolution, which tends to focus more on the band's unique, punishing dual-vocal assault this time around.

"We aim to give listeners and fans something they can enjoy, but we'll also always make songs we personally stand behind," says Hranica. "We'd write differently if we were purely trying to sell albums: that's just not how it works for us. No compromises."

Dead Thronefinally takes hold of what the band has merely hinted at in the past, and fans both old and new will quickly see this album for what it is -- a brilliant, emotional, captivating and brutal journey brought forth from the heart of a band that won't conform to the latest trends. Ultimately, Dead Throne tackles issues of failed relationships and perseverance of faith.

"The album has a number of love lost songs," says Hranica. "It's a poetic topic I've always touched upon in the songs, and exaggerated, but this time around it was a little bit different as far as where it was coming from. My biggest lyrical models for the album are also very 'love lost'-generated writers, which have an influence on me. The record contains a lot of self-loathing and a lot of bitterness, which all has a spin on it to where the only thing that does not pass in our lives is our faith and our trust in God. Dead Throne takes a bitter perspective: the world is dead and the only thing we have is the Lord." And as for the world, the The Devil Wears Prada set their sights on breaking territories around the world the same way they established their loyal following in the States, through non-stop touring. After touring throughout America, Europe, Australia and South America, the band will join Slipknot, Slayer, Motorhead and Anthrax on this summer's Mayhem Music Festival followed by a co-headlining UK Tour with August Burns Red and a co-headlining US Tour with As I Lay Dying.

The Ghost Inside

The Ghost Inside are a melodic hardcore/metalcore band from South Bay, California. Their first release of “Now Or Never” on Mediaskare Records in 2006 was under their old name “A Dying Dream”.

With the name change occurring at the start of 2007, The Ghost Inside began to make their mark on the hardcore scene. April 15th 2008 marked the date when they released their debut full-length record titled “Fury and the Fallen Ones”

Defying any definitions of age, Ephrata, P.A.'s Texas in July have already toured the country and back, sharing stages with everyone from The Devil Wears Prada and Every Time I Die to August Burns Red and Maylene and the Sons of Disaster – all before the entire band had graduated from high school.

With the two youngest members walking across the graduation stage this year, Texas in July are about to charge headfirst into living out their dreams full-time. Vocalist Alex Good explains, "Now that we've finished high school, we plan to tour as much as humanly possible. We are so stoked on seeing the world and meeting new people everywhere we go."

The band is comprised of Good, Logan Maurer (guitar), Ben Witkowski (bass), Adam Gray (drums) and Christian Royer (guitar). By balancing their sensitive expressions of faith with some of metalcore's most ferocious and in-your-face vocals and breakdowns, the band is well on their way to making a name for themselves and to putting small-town-Pennsylvania on the map!
In just three years since their inception, Texas in July have already built up a community of diehard fans around the world - most notably in their hometown, where they pack the 750+ capacity venue, The Chameleon Club. In 2008, the digital-only release of their debut EP, Salt of the Earth, introduced listeners to their signature sound of heavy, groove-oriented metalcore.

The EP sparked such impressive digital sales, that it was later released as a physical CD that was distributed nationwide through Hot Topic and snatched up by the masses at the band's merch table. Salt of the Earth led to packed tour dates and provided the perfect preview of what was to come on their debut full-length album, I Am.

Released in September of 2009 on CI Records, I Am is a true testament to the band's passion, intensity and musicianship. Royer states, "We want our fans to love our music and look at it to its fullest. From our lyrics to our breakdowns, we hope everyone can relate to it one way or the other." From the brutal churning rhythms of "Elements" to the relentless intensity of "Satellites" (featuring Gwen Stacy vocalist Geoff Jenkins), the album displays Texas in July's musical maturity while simultaneously showcasing their impressive songwriting and technical talents.

Never wanting to settle on what they've already achieved, the band is already looking forward to their next release. Witkowki explains, "I Am has put our feet in the water, as far as the music industry goes, but we hope to take our sound to even greater heights on our upcoming full-length." Gray elaborates, "We feel that our music has already progressed a lot and will reach out to a greater base of people. We're really looking forward to further developing it and sharing it with new audiences."

Texas in July will certainly have the opportunity to reach new audiences as they have already begun an impressive, non-stop tour schedule that will carry them all across the United States, Canada and Europe. The band will then head back into the studio, where they will write and record a new album on Equal Vision Records. Maurer reflects on their current and future plans stating, "…we just hope to never feel as if we have arrived. We always feel that there is something more for us to achieve and another step to take."

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