It’s been a wild ride for the Christian Metalcore maniacs of The Devil Wears Prada since forming in Dayton six years ago. The sextet’s 2006 debut, Dear Love: A Beautiful Discord, brought them to the attention of the Christian Metal audience and earned the band invitations to Christian festivals like Cornerstone. But the band’s sophomore album, 2007’s Plagues, raised its profile within the secular Metal community and just narrowly missed Billboard’s Top 50. The success of Plagues resulted in TDWP’s appearances on the Warped Tour three out of the last four years and teed up the 2009 release of With Roots Above and Branches Below, which almost cracked Billboard’s Top 10 and ultimately led to TDWP being named as 2009’s Band of the Year by Alternative Press.
The past two years have probably been the craziest for TDWP, with last year’s much anticipated “Back to the Roots Tour” (where the band played selections from Dear Love with the intention of retiring them from their set), the group’s signing to Ferret Music (part of the Warners/Roadrunner/ILG distribution chain) and the release of the false-idol themed Zombie EP.
It was all just a prelude to the September 2011 release of Dead Throne, TDWP’s most brutal and most successful album to date
. Fueled by overwhelmingly positive critical response, Dead Throne
hit the Top 10 of the Billboard
200 chart, but went all the way to No. 1 on the Christian and Independent charts and No. 3 on the Rock and Hard Rock charts.
Perhaps the most amazing aspect of The Devil Wears Prada’s success during the past six years is the fact that the band has never compromised its core spiritual values to attain commercial acceptance in the Metal scene. In an increasingly disposable world, The Devil Wears Prada has stayed steadfastly true to their Christian beliefs while accruing an ardent fan base that has embraced TDWP’s sound and accepted their message, an impressive feat by any measure.