Album Review: The Devil Wears Prada – Color Decay (Solid State Records)

The Devil Wears Prada’s eighth album Color Decay will arrive on the 16th of September 2022 via Solid State Records. Their 8th studio album, Color Decay follows 2019’s The Act.

Consistently creative, The Devil Wears Prada are a name synonymous with massive metalcore anthems mixed with technical flourishes, ambient melodies, and challenging lyrical content. It’s their area of expertise and with Color Decay, they don’t look to break tradition. Even if this is an album with some of their most accessible songs to date.

There’s nothing wrong with that, of course. Especially when the result is something as strong as Color Decay. The Devil Wears Prada kicking things off in an energetic way with Exhibition, a track that makes a point of reminding you that this band can go very heavy when they choose too.

Salt though, is an example of how The Devil Wears Prada have evolved over time. Delivering a more emotive, atmospheric, and modern taste of metalcore that features clean vocals all the way through. A track likely to make an old-school fan’s toes curl in annoyance but sure to please those who have been enjoying the direction the band has been heading.

If you do fall in the ‘toe curling’ camp, worry not, The Devil Wears Prada have tons of heavy metalcore to showcase across the album. Tracks like Watchtower, with its brutish pace and commanding chorus. Tracks like Sacrifice, with its drunk-punch swings of heaviness balanced by sobering effects and tracks like Time that goes from a relaxed, melodic stance to a raring demonic inferno in an instant.

Perhaps one of the most imaginative tracks though is Noise as it features a darker tone, a thrilling moment of choral vocals and one hell of a heavy finale. An absolute beast of a track. Elsewhere, the likes of Broken bring a touch of melodrama to the album’s proceedings, Trapped soars both instrumentally and vocally, and Twenty-Five is deep and moving.

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One thing that can’t be disputed with Color Decay is that it is an album with plenty of variety in it. Another is that it’s quite an exposed The Devil Wears Prada. One of their most honest and relatable records to date. If, by some chance, you hadn’t noticed that up to Fire, the subtle melodies, effects and vocal isolation, will tell you all you need to know.

The album then wraps up with two gargantuan hits of modern The Devil Wears Prada gold. Hallucinate, where crunchy instrumentation slams head-first into eccentric sounding effects and blistering vocals and Cancer, a truly spectacular example of just how anthemic this album can be.

The Devil Wears Prada – Color Decay Full Track Listing:

1. Exhibition
2. Salt
3. Watchtower
4. Noise
5. Broken
6. Sacrifice
7. Trapped
8. Time
9. Twenty-Five
10. Fire
11. Hallucinate
12. Cancer


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The Devil Wears Prada – Color Decay (Solid State Records)
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