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For the Devil Wears Prada's fourth album, Dead Throne, the Christian metalcore six-piece is at its most technical and most brutal. Mike Hranica is a vocal beast, alternating between banshee screams and a Cookie Monster growl, while the rest of the members deliver muscular drop-D power chords, bottom-heavy bass riffs, and ferocious drumming. Sonically, the tone is equally massive. New producer Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage, Times of Grace) intensifies things by crushing the frequencies to a damaged maximum. Then, the producer of the group’s back catalog, Joey Sturgis, was brought back on board to emphasize James Baney's spine-chilling keyboard orchestration and add some digital touches in the way of vocal effects and choppy ambient sound bursts. Ultimately, Dead Throne is a multi-segmented 40-minute detonation. The songs are shorter and easier to differentiate than on earlier outings, but still run together -- as they commonly do in technical metalcore and European symphonic metal. Segments are marked by a heavy breakdown, a burst of shredding, a sudden tempo shift, or a switch to the main melodic component, Jeremy DePoyster’s emo-inflected voice. As a bonus, As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis makes a guest appearance and roars back and forth with Hranica on “Constance,” one of Dead Throne's most powerful moments. But then again, picking a highlight is futile when an album is this merciless. ~ Jason Lymangrover
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Dead Throne The Devil Wears Prada 2:45
  3. 2 Untidaled The Devil Wears Prada 2:55
  4. 3 Mammoth The Devil Wears Prada 2:42
  5. 4 Vengeance The Devil Wears Prada 3:1
  6. 5 R.I.T. The Devil Wears Prada 2:50
  7. 6 My Questions The Devil Wears Prada 3:9
  8. 7 Kansas The Devil Wears Prada 3:34
  9. 8 Born to Lose The Devil Wears Prada 3:4
  10. 9 Forever Decay The Devil Wears Prada 3:24
  11. 10 Chicago The Devil Wears Prada 2:43
  12. 11 Constance The Devil Wears Prada 3:15
  13. 12 Pretenders The Devil Wears Prada 3:27
  14. 13 Hold Fast The Devil Wears Prada 3:47

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