The Devil Wears Prada began writing for With Roots Above and Branches Below after attending 2008's Warped Tour. They started performing "I Hate Buffering" for live audiences for the remainder of the tours they were on that year. They began production and recording of the album during early 2009, while so, vocalist Mike Hranica stated "We're really excited for this album. It's definitely going to be darker, heavier, and more epic. Expect a much heavier, more metal record." Drummer Daniel Williams stated that the new album would be "wilder and crazier" with songs that would features new elements such as choruses, and James Baney stated that the album would be more mechanical, but that it would still contain their same distinct style.
With Roots Above and Branches Below was released on May 5, 2009, through Ferret Music. The album was released in two editions; a standard version and a deluxe CD/DVD version. The deluxe CD/DVD includes the disc and a DVD that contains a making of the album that also premiered online. There are some clips that were deleted after being presented for a short time online that are also featured on the DVD. The album cover artwork was illustrated by Dan Seagrave, who is well known for his work for metal acts including Morbid Angel, Suffocation and Demon Hunter.
Promotion and MarketingEdit
The first material released from the album was the song "Dez Moines". It was uploaded to the band's MySpace profile on March 13, 2009 and was released as a free download for fans. On the band's co-headlining US tour with A Day to Remember, Emarosa and Sky Eats Airplane, they offered fans special download cards for the songs "Dez Moines" and "Assistant to the Regional Manager".
"Dez Moines" is also available as downloadable content for the video game Guitar Hero World Tour and was released on May 7, 2009 as a part of the Ferret/Metal Blade Records Pack.
- "I Hate Buffering"
- "Assistant to the Regional Manager"
- "Dez Moines"
- "Big Wiggly Style"
- "Danger: Wildman" (featuring Trevor Wentworth of Our Last Night)
- "Ben Has a Kid"
- "Gimme Half"
- "Louder Than Thunder"
- "Lord Xenu"
The Devil Wears PradaEdit
- Mike Hranica - unclean vocals
- Chris Rubey - lead guitar
- Andy Trick - bass guitar
- Jeremy DePoyster - rhythm guitar and clean vocals
- Daniel Williams - drums and percussion
- James Baney - keyboards, synthesizers and piano
- Trevor Wentworth - vocals on track 6
- Produced by Joey Sturgis and The Devil Wears Prada
- Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by Joey Sturgis
- A&R by Carl Severson
- Illustrations by Dan Seagrave
- Layout by Sons of Nero