Artist: The Devil Wears Prada
Release date: 2015
Favorite track: “Planet A"
This is a meaningful column to me because my close friend, Luke, bought this record for me for Christmas a couple years ago.
Although he knew Christian metal wasn’t my go-to style of music, he wanted the gift to have a little bit of him (The Devil Wears Prada) and a little bit of me (the vinyl). The fact that we even exchanged gifts was honestly a huge feat in and of itself, because we were enemies at first. We despised each other — both thinking the other was rude.
But, after being assigned desks next to each other at work and working a second job together, we quickly realized how wrong our first impressions were. Luke is one of the warmest, most genuine people I’ve ever met.
I’m done being sappy, but this gift really touched me.
The Devil Wears Prada’s “Space” is one of only a few 12-inch vinyl EPs I own. It has music only on the A-side, which separates it from much of my collection. Kind of nifty.
What Luke didn’t know when he gifted me this record is that I grew up listening to heavy rock and even went through a metal phase at the beginning of college.
My metal playlist doesn’t track frequent flyer miles, but I don’t mind listening to metalcore band The Devil Wears Prada when the mood is right. The heavy instrumentals and occasional screaming and growling are downright soothing at times.
I’m glad he chose this particular record from the band, because I dig the space theme. The song titles, lyrics and background sound effects all reflect it. As it’s only a six-song EP, I like the consistency of the concept.
The opening track, “Planet A,” is my favorite. I love how a soft one-minute intro leads into a more powerful sound and compelling lyrics.
The track follows a woman named Elizabeth who had a dream to explore the universe but didn’t return.
A woman lives far away on an unknown planet called “A”
There was a survivor, just one survivor, without anyone
— “Planet A”
“Alien” is much heavier than the opener and touts even darker lyrics. The concept of an alien is interchanged with the idea of a monster with claws and teeth.
While I’m sure some have escaped my eyes, “Moongod” seems to feature the most Christian themes in its lyrics. It feels shameful and apologetic for mistakes made.
I traditionally don’t pay much attention to interludes, but I really enjoyed the spacey one-minute calm of “Celestial Mechanics” before the last two songs.
For the first time in three years, official clocks will pause for Earth’s rotation to realign with atomic time.
— “Celestial Mechanics”
At the end of the album, Earth is destroyed in “An Asteroid Towards Earth.” It’s a tidy finisher.
This simple album art featuring the band’s emblem written in the stars is a surprise favorite. I love the way stars look against a dark sky backdrop, so I don’t see a need to over-complicate the concept.