February 8, 2012 NSR Admin

The Devil Wears Prada, O2 Academy2

“People ask us who we dream about touring with but it’s kind of already happening this summer when we get to play with Slayer and Slipknot in the US.” Mention of The Devil Wears Prada in the same breath as those two iconic bands may have once seemed a distant reality but as vocalist Mike Hranica explained to me, cialis the band are finally achieving everything they ever wished for. “These are our first ever headline dates in the UK and it almost feels long overdue, thumb but we’re stoked on how everything is coming along.” On previous trips to these shores, order DWP have been privileged to play alongside some of Britain’s biggest rock bands in Enter Shikari and Bring Me The Horizon but the Ohio natives have used the big occasion to build a solid following that has enabled them to sell out the 02 Academy in Newcastle tonight.

First up though are UK metal band, Brotherhood of the Lake who impress with a burst of ferocious intensity that threatens to put a final nail in the coffin of the academy’s notoriously shaky flooring. Next up are Last Witness, whose abrasive brand of hardcore has excited many in recent months. With new record “Mourning After” about to drop, you can expect their new-found momentum to lead them onto bigger and better things if this performance is anything to go by. The band is on top form and are well-received by the vociferous huddle of delinquents down the front.

Playing a healthy selection of material from new album “Dead Throne”, The Devil Wears Prada are clearly proud of what they have achieved with their latest offering. It shows as well, with the Academy turning into one massive sweatbox as the metalcore outfit get up close and personal with the enthusiastic crowd as they belt out their latest creations. In fact, it is the old favourites “Dez Moines” and “Assistant to the Regional Manager” that sound best tonight, an aggressive flurry of riffage setting the backdrop for assured vocal performances from the archetypal shouter/singer vocalists. However, a rather flat encore dampens the spirits somewhat and old doubts quickly re-surface regarding the band’s right to be sharing a stage with their heroes. For the most part DWP impress live, but you can’t help wondering whether they need to expand their standard metalcore sound into new territory if they are to maintain their upward momentum.


Christopher Smith http://catamongstthepigeons.tumblr.com/