The Devil Wears Prada, the band, not to be confused with the book or film, are one of the better bands that is involved in the current modern hardcore/metalcore scene. A band with passion, integrity and a maturity to their sound that is rarely seen nowadays, as good as they are on record though. The band really takes on a different form entirely when placed in the live arena, which is the natural environment they should be seen in.
In fact, they are one of my favourite bands to see live, with this being the fourth time I’ve seen them and they somehow seem to get better every time I see them. It helps in this case that they are promoting their incredible new album “8:18.” They open tonight’s proceedings with the opening cut from that album, ‘Gloom,’ which feels about as subtle as a punch in the face when they launch into it with bug eyed frenzy.
It’s at that point The Devil Wears Prada knows that they have you, and for the next hour they pile on the pressure and just pummel everything in their path. Wisely the band sticks to material from the latter half of its career and the setlist is largely based around the zombie EP, “Dead Throne” and the more recent aforementioned “8:18,” which for my money represents the best of them and provides them with the most formidable setlist at their disposal.
The amount of energy being generated on stage tonight by frontman Mike Hranica could power a small country for a good couple of years, but the rest of the band are no slouches either and play as though their lives depended on it. That is what makes The Devil Wears Prada‘s live experience so amazing. Whether it’s their audience or not, whether there are 50 people or 50,000 people, they always give a 100% no matter what and it goes back to passion and integrity and they have both in spades. They will never let anyone walk away from anything they do feeling cheated and that is a commendable thing, and based on tonight’s evidence as they rip apart the Wedgewood Rooms, in Portsmouth, with a vicious and precise live show that very few of their peers can achieve on their best days. There is literally no one in this room that can walk away tonight feeling like they didn’t see the best that The Devil Wears Prada has to offer.