The Devil Wears Prada Interview -- ''Creep Show'
In the past, the Devil Wears Prada developed a reputation for rubbing their faith in your face. They're Christian and they want you to know it. Ask them about their beliefs and prepare to spend the next 10 minutes hearing about how they're on a mission from God to spread his word, and up until now they've done that through jarring, eclectic music that combines hardcore, nu-metal, metalcore and death metal in creative, compelling ways.
Lately, however, TDWP have been stepping down from the pulpit a bit and letting the music do the talking. Also, they're making an effort to stay away from emo-based tours and play for more metal-entrenched crowds. They just wrapped up a tour with Dark Tranquillity and Killswitch Engage and on April 8, they're scheduled to perform at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. For this week's ''Creep Show' we were joined in the studio by vocalist Mike Hranica and guitarist Jeremy DePoyster, who had plenty to say about their favorite non-Christian music, the influence of Killswitch Engage and why they're reaching out to metalheads to spread the faith.
Hranica and DePoyster were joined on the podcast by Noisecreep editor Seth Werkheiser, Revolver senior writer Jon Wiederhorn, Noisecreep newsman Chris Harris and Roadrunner Records new media staffer Jen Guyre. After the informative interview segment with the Devil Wears Prada, we dug into this week's news, for which the Prada guys were happy to join us.
Agenda items included rumors of a new tour called Uproar that will feature Disturbed and Avenged Sevenfold, and Metallica's announcement that they will play select shows later this year with stage presentations that will rival Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' or the Who's 'Tommy.' We also explained why '80s metal veterans W.A.S.P. canceled a show in New York at the last minute, and gabbed about Korn's plans for a club tour called 2010 Ballroom Blitz, the Guns N' Roses concert that was canceled in Rio de Janeiro after the stage collapsed mid-performance and the sad death of veteran music journalist Garry Sharpe-Young, who suffered an aneurysm at age 45.
Then it was on to this week's album reviews, which, we've gotta say, were pretty entertaining if not entirely revealtory. First, we talked about the 10th anniversary reissue of Disturbed's influential album 'The Sickness' and discussed our memories about when the album first came out and whether or not we thought the band would become one of the biggest forces in contemporary metal.
Then, we reviewed a bunch of sinister death and black metal albums that are being released on sinister underground labels and watched the guys from the Devil Wears Prada to see if they'd squirm, pull out their crucifixes and splash holy water on our microphones. They did nothing of the sort and even joined in the conversation about the metal-spewing blasphemers.
First, we talked about Arise's tormented demonic thrash/death metal offering 'The Reckoning,' then we tore into the low-fi black metal brutality of 'Collectors of the King' and Enthroned's primitive, undercooked and barely listenable 'Pentagrammaton.' And finally, saving the best for last, we tackled Trident's epic 'World Destruction,' a mix of thrash, death metal and black metal that provided plenty of twists and turns for strong-stomached metalheads. And now, to the arena where good and evil clash to the death!