The Devil Wears Prada
Islington Academy, London
added: 6 Oct 2013
// gig date: 2 Oct 2013
reviewer: Paul Chapinal
The expectations were quite high tonight for The Devil Wears Prada. The solid new 8.18 album has been garnering good reviews and there’s a general good vibe around the band at the moment. A pity that more couldn’t have turned up to see them this Tuesday night.
Napoleon opened proceedings and did very little. They looked uninspired playing mediocre melodic hardcore, so they could hardly have been surprised if the reaction the received was never more than polite. Something that could not be levelled at Dead Harts who just came on and just rolled the place over. Heavier, and leaning more towards metal than the other bands on the bill, they may have struggled. No chance, confidence was the key here and Dead Harts had that in spades, lobbing out nuggets of heavy music to – their description – a ‘sick’ (and grateful) audience.
A longish wait for the Devil Wears Prada and then a very short set. However, they did play a blinder with some choice cuts from the new album, the title track and Martyrs being particularly impressive. Mike Hranica’s lead vocals were as massive as one would expect and he was a bundle of energy all the way through the gig. He’s the main focus of attention though there was some solid work from the two guitars and bass but the lynchpin was Daniel Williams on drums, whose work rate and dexterity were astonishing.
The band plays heavy, technically demanding music and there’s always a danger of that it may not translate very well live, or come over rather humourless. No problems on either count tonight, a combination of the band’s natural charisma, and the fact that songs sounded fuller and rounder than on CD, meant they were lapped up. They just weren’t on long enough.
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