The Devil Wears Prada’s Mike Hranica ‘Enthused’ to Be on Mayhem

2012-07-31

Story by Anne Erickson

Christian metallers the Devil Wears Prada loving the 2012 Mayhem Tour

Christian metal-core lads the Devil Wears Prada are one of the key players on this year’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, which is making the rounds around the country this summer, bringing metal to the masses. If you ask vocalist Mike Hranica, he’ll say this year is the best year possible for the Ohio-based band to be a part of Mayhem.

“It’s been awesome,” Hranica told the Chicago Sun Times. “I’ve been following Mayhem since it was introduced, and we have wanted to go out for the past couple of years but it just didn’t make much sense.

“This year it did make a lot of sense. We were very enthused to be a part of it with Slipknot and Slayer headlining. It’s a pretty unbeatable bill when it comes to mean and heavy.”

The Devil Wears Prada released their latest studio album, “Dead Throne,” last year. Then, just in time for Mayhem, the group released their first live CD/DVD, “Dead & Alive,” on June 26.

“We’ve called ourselves a live band for a long time now, really since the beginning,” Hranica said.”We always felt seeing us live has a bigger impact than listening to our CDs.

“I think it’s changed a little bit since we worked with [producer] Adam Dutkiewicz on ‘Dead Throne.’ It really translated the sound you get, the emotion we try to purvey in the live show on the CD. At the same time, I think we’re a live band, and that’s where a lot of effort is concentrated. Being a band that is focused on the live show so much, it only makes sense to do a live DVD…”

This year’s Mayhem Tour features the Devil Wears Prada, as well as fellow Christian heavy music band As I Lay Dying, I the Breather, Corey Taylor-fronted Slipknot, Slayer, Anthrax, Asking Alexandria, Betraying the Martyrs, Whitechapel and more. (Photo credit Adam Elmakias.)

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