The Secret
Luce


4.0
excellent

Review

by MalleusMaleficarum USER (4 Reviews)
June 20th, 2011 | 51 replies | 9,550 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An intense, chaotic, yet melodic metalcore gem.

7 of 13 thought this review was well written

The Secret is a metalcore band from Italy that formed in 2003. One year later they released their debut album, Luce, which flew under the radar of most North American metalcore fans, and for obvious reason; those fans were busy listening to Converge, Killswitch Engage, Misery Signals, Lamb of God, Unearth.. okay you get the point; there were a lot of american metalcore bands really "thriving" in the scene at the time. The Secret, though, is a very ambitious band that is worthy of much attention. This is an intensely chaotic, yet melodic metalcore gem.

Sharp and dissonant guitar leads are often layered over a very tight, thick and precise rhythm section, whether it be during the up-tempo riffing or the breakdown sections. Now yes, some of the breakdowns on this album may cause you to break things, so put away any valuable/fragile belongings and house d├ęcor before playing this album. Silliness aside, this is a band with more tricks in its bag than the ability to induce spinkicks, which is more than a lot of bands playing this style can say. The Secret likes to remove the rhythm guitar completely at times, leaving the soundscape more open as a haunting guitar lead or dischordant chords are played over a plodding drum beat, such as on the introduction track. It creates a sort of post-rock/post-metal soundscape, where the band focuses more on creating atmosphere than skull bashing, but before long we are plunged back into the angry and rhythmic assault of the riffs, which are usually catchy and always thunderous. The Secret can craft a nice little melody as well. The beautiful interlude track Segue makes me wish it wasn't an interlude track (I want it to be like 3 minutes longer) and there's a very nice melodic section on The Last One, in fact there are a few, which slip into the heavier parts perhaps a little sooner than you'd want. With that being said, there's a nice little mixture they've found, and it allows the longer tracks to breathe.

The vocals are almost always delivered in a mid-high pitched scream, which some people may describe as a shriek. But this shriek has balls. This isn't La Dispute we're talking about here. This guy sounds legitimately pissed off everytime he screams and that's great. The only issue with this is that the vocals are buried underneath the guitar and drums which are mixed much louder than the vocals. Seriously, much louder. There are parts during Momento Mori and Pretty Girls Make Graves where you may not even notice that he's screaming. Over time I've adjusted to this production style, and quite frankly I think it was done purposely to enhance the apocalyptic nature of the music. The guitars sound like giants and the drums are very solid, often syncopating with the guitars. Unfortunately the bass is inaudible throughout most of the album, (except shining through during quieter moments at times) but that's not to suggest that there isn't plenty of low-end and thickness on the guitar sound.

Overall this is an excellent 40-minute slab of chaotic and atmospheric music. It remains fresh and genuine sounding after nearly a decade with its intense, diverse soundscapes. Highly recommended for fans of Converge, Trap Them and Cursed.


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MalleusMaleficarum
June 20th 2011



13711 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Love this album

YetAnotherBrick
June 20th 2011



4384 Comments


bout time somebody reviewed this.

MalleusMaleficarum
June 20th 2011



13711 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No kidding!

MalleusMaleficarum
June 21st 2011



13711 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

troll negged.

RosaParks
June 21st 2011



14592 Comments


bad review

MalleusMaleficarum
June 22nd 2011



13711 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ahahah sad troll is mad abt everyone negging his review(s) so he comes and negs mine

ffs
June 22nd 2011



4816 Comments


good album, i should listen to more of these dudes

MalleusMaleficarum
June 22nd 2011



13711 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They become even more atmosphere-focused after this album

Xplisit
June 24th 2011



1646 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

why doesnt anyone listen to this band?

U GUYS SUCK

Xplisit
June 24th 2011



1646 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh also.. rosaparks is a pathetic user.

MalleusMaleficarum
August 16th 2011



13711 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

having haters < 3

Hopelust
September 12th 2011



943 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I rather enjoyed having the vocals mixed in quieter than one would usually hear. Makes it sound as though they are more a part of the musical quality of the tracks, as opposed to being a voice for the music.

StlPaulL
November 25th 2011



14 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've honestly never enjoyed an entire metalcore album in my life, but after just finishing listening to this in it's entirety...this is...incredible. My God..

Adabelle
January 25th 2012



4216 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Lollll, you wrote a review, and it was serious, and it was good.

MalleusMaleficarum
January 27th 2012



13711 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

well arent you sweet

Adabelle
January 27th 2012



4216 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Uhhuh.

Winsomniac
January 27th 2012



7955 Comments


I really like that they have a song called Memento Mori.

ffs
January 27th 2012



4816 Comments


probably a million bands do

Ignimbrite
January 27th 2012



5293 Comments


band rules

Adabelle
January 27th 2012



4216 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

But the thing is, Solve Et Coagula is better than this..



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