It seems impossible to think that a band like THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA could be able to take their sound to completely new levels. The band has been progressing ever since their 2009 album WITH ROOTS ABOVE AND BRANCHES BELOW, and continue to do so with 8:18, which is the band at their most creative to date. The vocals (from both Mike and Jeremy) are a vast improvement from their previous albums, the guitar work has much more bite to it than ever before, and the lyrics are darker and more emotional than anything from DEAD THRONE. The band even goes into AS I LAY DYING territory with the song FIRST SIGHT, which is probably my favorite track on the album and sounds a lot like CAUTERIZE from AILD's latest album AWAKENED, particularly in the chorus and the breakdowns. I went into this with medium expectations, and thankfully, the album has surpassed them. Other than one song I don't particularly care for (CARE MORE), 8:18 may be THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA's best and most creative album yet, and hopefully the band progresses further after this.
Rating: 5 stars/5 stars