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For most bands, going the concept record route can be a tricky
proposition. There’s always the potential you’ll get bogged
down by that one idea and end up taking the whole thing way too
seriously. You risk coming across as trite when you churn out
epic full-lengths with a dozen tracks about unicorns and
minotaurs. But leave it to a band like crushing American metal
six-piece The Devil Wears Prada to take the concept album model
and raze it. Leave it to The Devil Wears Prada, voted 2009’s
Band of the Year by the readers of Alternative Press,
to make concept records bad-ass again.
Pardon the pun, but for The Devil Wears Prada, 2009 was one
hell of a year. And it was late in 2009 that the band’s frontman
Mike Hranica decided, while on a tour of the United Kingdom
with post-hardcore luminaries Enter Shikari, that before they’d
write and record a new full-length, they’d release a five-song
EP. The concept? “The whole thing is just completely based
upon zombies,” Hranica explains of Zombie EP, which drops this
August through venerable New Jersey metal and hardcore label
Ferret Music. “During the fall, I was on a real zombie kick. I
just thought, ‘What if we made a zombie song?’ All it took was
me just saying that to the band, and we already had our hearts
set on doing this EP.”
The flesh-hungry folly of Zombie EP hobbles into stores this
summer and you can catch The Devil Wears Prada’s infamous live
show all summer long on the “Back to the Roots Tour,” the
band’s first headlining run since their first-ever South
American trek in May. That tour kicks off June 18 at the
Ichthus Music Festival in Wilmore, KY with dates booked through
September 4 in Frenchtown, New Jersey.