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Dead Throne
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 13, 2011
RecordedNovember 2010 – April 2011
StudioZing Studios, Westfield, Massachusetts Blacklodge Studios, Eudora, Kansas and The Foundation Recording Studios, Connersville, Indiana
Genre Metalcore [1] [2] [3] [4]
Length40:49
Label Ferret, Roadrunner
Producer Adam Dutkiewicz, The Devil Wears Prada
The Devil Wears Prada chronology
Zombie
(2010)
Dead Throne
(2011)
Dead & Alive
(2012)
Singles from Dead Throne
  1. "Born to Lose"
    Released: June 15, 2011 [5]
  2. "R.I.T."
    Released: August 14, 2011 [6]
  3. "Mammoth"
    Released: September 27, 2012 [7]

Dead Throne is the fourth studio album by American metalcore band The Devil Wears Prada. It was released on September 13, 2011 through Ferret Music. Produced by Adam Dutkiewicz, the record was recorded in several studios across the United States from November 2010 – April 2011. The album is a follow up to The Devil Wears Prada's 2009 album, With Roots Above and Branches Below . Much like their previous efforts the album's lyrics were penned by lead vocalist Mike Hranica, whose lyrical direction focused on anti-idolatry concepts. The band's musical style changed after the success of the Zombie EP , this led to, what Hranica described as; fusing the melodic elements of their previous studio albums with the ferocity of Zombie.

Metalcore is a fusion genre combining elements of extreme metal and hardcore punk. Among other styles blending metal and hardcore, such as crust punk and grindcore, metalcore is noted for its use of breakdowns, which are slow, intense passages conducive to moshing. Other defining instrumentation includes heavy guitar riffs often utilizing percussive pedal tones and double bass drumming. Vocalists in the genre typically perform screaming, more popular bands often combine this with the use of standard singing, usually during the bridge or chorus of a song. However the death growl is also a popular technique within the genre.

The Devil Wears Prada (band) American metalcore band

The Devil Wears Prada is an American Christian metalcore band from Dayton, Ohio, formed in 2005. It consists of members Mike Hranica, Jeremy DePoyster, Kyle Sipress, and Andy Trick (bass). The band had maintained its original lineup until keyboardist James Baney left the band. To date, the group has released six full-length albums: Dear Love: A Beautiful Discord (2006), Plagues (2007), With Roots Above and Branches Below (2009), Dead Throne (2011), 8:18 (2013) and Transit Blues (2016) as well as two EPs, one DVD, sixteen singles, and thirteen music videos.

Ferret Music was an American independent record label, founded in 1996. The label is owned by NORA's vocalist, Carl Severson, and based in West Windsor Township, New Jersey. Ferret recently started an imprint called New Weathermen Records. Warner Music Group's Alternative Distribution Alliance acquired a stake in Ferret Music in August, 2006, and as a result is currently distributed by Fontana Distribution, Alternative Distribution Alliance and eOne Music.

Contents

Upon its release, the album was given generally positive reviews from music critics, being given an average metacritic score of 76 out of 100. [8] Positive reviews focused on the creativity and experimentation featured on the album, whereas more negative reviews spoke about its lack of progression past the band's previous releases. Dead Throne is their highest charting release, peaking at No. 10 [9] on the Billboard 200, selling 32,420 [10] copies in its first week. [11] It also topped the Billboard Christian Albums and Independent Albums chart, as well as peaking at No. 3 on the Rock Albums Chart [12] and No. 40 on the 2011 Billboard year-end Hard Rock Albums chart. [13] This is the last album to feature James Baney before he left the band on February 22, 2012. There is also a guest vocal appearance by Tim Lambesis on "Constance".

<i>Billboard</i> (magazine) American music magazine

Billboard is an American entertainment media brand owned by the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group, a division of Eldridge Industries. It publishes pieces involving news, video, opinion, reviews, events, and style, and is also known for its music charts, including the Hot 100 and Billboard 200, tracking the most popular songs and albums in different genres. It also hosts events, owns a publishing firm, and operates several TV shows.

The Billboard 200 is a record chart ranking the 200 most popular music albums and EPs in the United States. It is published weekly by Billboard magazine. It is frequently used to convey the popularity of an artist or groups of artists. Often, a recording act will be remembered by its "number ones", those of their albums that outperformed all others during at least one week. The chart grew from a weekly top 10 list in 1956 to become a top 200 in May 1967, and acquired its present title in March 1992. Its previous names include the Billboard Top LPs (1961–72), Billboard Top LPs & Tape (1972–84), Billboard Top 200 Albums (1984–85) and Billboard Top Pop Albums.

The Independent Albums chart ranks the highest-selling independent music albums and extended plays (EPs) in the United States, as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan and published weekly by Billboard magazine. It is used to list artists who are not signed to major labels. Rankings are compiled by point-of-purchase sales obtained by Nielsen, and from legal music downloads from a variety of online music stores. The chart began in the week of December 2, 2000.

The album has sold 92,000 copies in the U.S. [14]

Background

Since the time of The Devil Wears Prada's fame, their past approach of all band members sitting down and writing a record, hasn't been used collaboratively since Plagues , it is noted by guitarist Chris Rubey that about midway through the writing process of their third full-length With Roots Above and Branches Below , their song writing style and process changed drastically. [15] Vocalist, Hranica commented on the album's lyrical theme is based upon anti-idolatry. He also said it's the "heaviest and most aggressive album to date." [16]

<i>Plagues</i> (album) 2007 studio album by The Devil Wears Prada

Plagues is the second studio album by The Devil Wears Prada. It was released on August 21, 2007, through Rise Records and was re-released on October 28, 2008, with bonus content.

<i>With Roots Above and Branches Below</i> 2009 studio album by The Devil Wears Prada

With Roots Above and Branches Below is the third studio album by American melodic metalcore band The Devil Wears Prada, released on May 5, 2009, through Ferret Music. It charted at No. 11 on the Billboard 200, selling 31,000 in its first week.

Idolatry idol worship, any reverence of an image, statue or icon

Idolatry is the worship or fetishisation of an idol or cult image, being a physical image, such as a statue, or a person in place of God. In Abrahamic religions, namely Christianity, Islam and Judaism, idolatry connotes the worship of something or someone other than God as if it were God. In these monotheistic religions, idolatry has been considered as the "worship of false gods" and is forbidden by the core value system of the Ten Commandments. Other monotheistic religions may apply similar rules. In many Indian religions, such as theistic and non-theistic forms of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism, idols (murti) are considered as symbolism for the absolute but not The Absolute, or icons of spiritual ideas, or the embodiment of the divine. It is a means to focus one's religious pursuits and worship (bhakti). In the traditional religions of ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, Africa, Asia, the Americas and elsewhere, the reverence of an image or statue has been a common practice, and cult images have carried different meanings and significance.

Hranica speaks on the evolution of the band as a whole: "Our early material was dumb, plain and simple, and moving away from that, I think we've grown into smarter, more creative riffs, along with easier to follow songs. It's things like that that mark the evolution of TDWP." [16] The album also features the absence of clean vocal passages on select songs, this is the first time The Devil Wears Prada has done this since Dear Love: A Beautiful Discord . [18] Dead Throne was recorded from November 2010 to April 2011, with the sessions taking place three different recording studios in the United States, which were Zing Studios in Westfield, Massachusetts, Blacklodge Studios in Eudora, Kansas and The Foundation Recording Studios in Connersville, Indiana.

<i>Dear Love: A Beautiful Discord</i> 2006 studio album by The Devil Wears Prada

Dear Love: A Beautiful Discord is the debut studio album by American band The Devil Wears Prada. It was released on August 22, 2006, through Rise Records. It includes re-recorded versions of all the tracks from their demo, Patterns of a Horizon, and two original tracks, "Texas is South" and "Dogs Can Grow Beards All Over". The closing track, "Salvation", features guest vocals by Cole Wallace of Gwen Stacy. "Dogs Can Grow Beards All Over" is available for download via the Rock Band Network.

Westfield, Massachusetts City in Massachusetts, United States

Westfield is a city in Hampden County, in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts, United States. Westfield was first settled in 1660. It is part of the Springfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 41,094 at the 2010 census.

Eudora, Kansas City in Kansas, United States

Eudora is a city in Douglas County, Kansas, United States. The city is located along the Kansas and Wakarusa Rivers. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 6,136.

Musical style and themes

Mike Hranica explained that Dead Throne did not need "to sound a certain way throughout." [18] Rhythm guitarist Jeremy DePoyster's clean vocals are still contrasted with a wide array of screamed vocals, which are featured more prominently than clean singing. Lead guitarist and primary songwriter Chris Rubey stated that the musical direction of the album on the Zombie EP was "heavier, more sinister, and zombie-like. Those songs were written pretty much solely by me on my computer and that’s why they sound different. For Dead Throne we wanted to do that and obviously bring in some of the other elements people liked in Plagues. [15]

While Zombie was centrally themed lyrically and musically around a specific topic, Dead Throne conveys a central message with common themes "revolving around idols." Hranica expands when asked about his lyrical themes, which have always been very abstract and metaphorical in order to draw out different meanings depending on the interpreter: [18]

Hranica also stated that many of the album's negative themes were inspired from the ending of his five-year relationship. [19]

Reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic (76/100) [8]
Review scores
SourceRating
AbsolutePunk 90% [20]
Allmusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svg [21]
Alter The Press!(1.5/5) [22]
Blare MagazineStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svg [23]
Christian Music Zine(4.5/5) [24]
Jesus Freak HideoutStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [25]
Revolver Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svg [26]
Review Rinse RepeatStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [1]

The album received generally positive reviews from music critics. [8] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 76, based on 6 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews". The album was credited for its more experimental and orchestral [26] take on metalcore, and less produced and more violent sound. Ryan Williford of Audiopinions gave the album a 7.5 out of 10 describing the band's choice of producer, Adam Dutkiewicz as a wise move for the band. This is because Williford believes that Joey Sturgis, who produced all of their discography prior to Dead Throne, overproduces his work. He credited the record for its rawer and more natural sound. [27] Drew Beringer of AbsolutePunk also favored Dead Throne for the variety on the record, particularly praising The Devil Wears Prada for their instrumental song "Kansas" and their evolution as songwriters. [20] Jason Lymangrover on a review for Allmusic gave the album three and a half stars out of five, describing it as being "at its most technical and most brutal" and comparing it to "technical metalcore and European symphonic metal." [21]

Wayne Reimer of Jesus Freak Hideout, appreciated the progression from The Devil Wears Prada's third studio album, With Roots Above and Branches Below to Dead Throne as well as crediting the band's drummer, Daniel Williams, for his performance on the record, praising his creativity in the songs and his lack of double bass pedal motions to fill his role. Reimer went as far to say "The tempo fluctuates effortlessly and fluidly throughout each track; this is not to be taken for granted." [25] In Adrian Garza's review for Christian Music Zine (giving 4.5 out of 5) he praises the vocal performance of clean vocalist Jeremy DePoyster and musical development shown on the album: "Jeremy DePoyster has really stepped up his vocal game, the vocals sound so much less produced, in a good way. Aside from the more experimental tracks on the album, there aren’t really any crazy synthesizer sounds, now it’s mostly piano and strings." [24]

Not all reviews were positive, however. Connor O’Brien of Alter the Press! gave the album 1.5 out of five, believing that the album shows no progression for the band, stating: "It seems that TDWP have evolved within their own distinction, yet are left seemingly years behind the rest of the genre." [22] Ryan Williford of Audio Opinions alongside O'Brien sees it as only a "step in the right direction" saying, "Once they start writing something original will be the release that will excite everyone again." [27]

Track listing

All lyrics written by Mike Hranica; all music composed by The Devil Wears Prada.

No.TitleLength
1."Dead Throne"2:45
2."Untidaled"2:55
3."Mammoth"2:43
4."Vengeance"3:02
5."R.I.T."2:49
6."My Questions"3:12
7."Kansas" (instrumental)3:36
8."Born to Lose"3:05
9."Forever Decay"3:25
10."Chicago"2:45
11."Constance" (featuring Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying)3:19
12."Pretenders"3:28
13."Holdfast"3:45
Total length:40:49

The instrumental song "Kansas" has a spoken audio sample from Southern Baptist preacher Paul Washer.[ citation needed ]

Personnel

Chart performance

Chart (2011) [21] Peak
position
US Billboard 200 10
US Top Christian Albums 1
US Top Digital Albums 9
US Top Hard Rock Albums 3
US Top Independent Albums 1
US Top Rock Albums 3

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