Secrets
Fragile Figures


3.5
great

Review

by Jeremy Bentham USER (66 Reviews)
July 20th, 2013 | 29 replies


Release Date: 07/23/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Secrets improve their sound tremendously despite treading familiar territory.

In the sea of post-hardcore bands around today, it can be hard to find originality within the genre. Countless acts have exhausted the tired formula of screamed verse/sung chorus and chugging breakdown formula, which leaves much to be desired. Secrets are one of those rare post-hardcore bands who are showing they want to stand out from the crowd. Their debut album The Ascent showed much potential, but ultimately fell flat on its awful production and repetitive sound. Upon listening to the album there was a feeling that, if only the band could shed what was holding them back, they could realize their full potential. Fragile Figures shows the band improving their sound tremendously whilst improving on the aformentioned qualities that were holding back their sound.

A lineup change that occured not too long ago within the band resulted in vocalist Xander Bourgeois exiting and being replaced with Aaron Melzer. When "How We Survive" comes blasting out of the gates, it's evident that this is a welcome change for the band. Melzer is a much more experienced vocalist, with his piercing highs and suprisingly impressive lows being miles above Xander's capabilities. The rest of the band have stepped up their game as well. The songwriting has taken a much more mature leap forward since The Ascent, and the album flows a lot better as a result. Tracks such as "Forever and Never" and lead single "Ready For Repair" showcase the catchy choruses of clean vocalist/guitarist Richard Rogers, whose vocals are the band's most valuable asset. His interplay with Melzer is damn near perfect, with the two being a perfect match of screaming and singing.

One thing that The Ascent lacked was variety. On Fragile Figures, Secrets have tried some new things and stepped out of their comfort zone, mainly on the tracks "The Architect (Part 2)" and album closer "Sleep Well, Darling". The former is one of the only tracks on the album where Rogers doesnt sing the chorus, with Melzer instead handling the majority of the vocals. The latter might be the best song on the album and Roger's best vocal performance to date. Starting with just Rogers with an acoustic guitar, the song builds and builds with soaring vocals until the rest of the band (excluding Melzer) come in at the end to finish it off. It's one of the best highlights of the album and shows off a side of the band that they really should incorporate into later works.

Even though the band have pushed their sound further and have improved a lot since their debut, there are still factors in their sound that are holding them back. The first of these issues is the number of breakdowns. Every single track apart from "Sleep Well, Darling" has at least one breakdown in it, and while they are done better than the ones on their debut and arent as repetitive, they still become redundant after a while. Vocally the album is miles ahead of The Ascent, but instrumentally there isnt much going on here. The guitars have more or less stayed the same apart from slightly more techinical/melodic riffs, and the rhythm section doesnt stand out much at all. The production has thankfully been handled much better this time around, and although Tom Denney still has a lot to learn as a producer (his production on For The Fallen Dreams' Wasted Youth was beyond horrid) he produced and mixed Fragile Figures much better than he did The Ascent. The vocals and instruments no longer sound muffled and muddied, and the songs benefit from it greatly.

Secrets have crafted a strong and lasting sophomore album with Fragile Figures. With the addition of Aaron Melzer, a better production, and improved songwriting the album shows a band that is climbing up the post-hardcore ladder and close to realizing their full potential. If they tone down the breakdowns and focus more on Roger's vocals, they could really be onto something. Fragile Figures is a promising sign of things to come.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
BassDemon333
July 20th 2013


3414 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Album is currently streaming in its entirety on the official Rise Records Youtbe

www.youtube.com/user/riserecords

The album is a lot better than their debut, and I recommend "Sleep Well, Darling" to anyone who doesnt like the heavy aspects of ther sound.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
July 20th 2013


7433 Comments


Great review man. Have a pos.

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Brostep
Staff Reviewer
July 20th 2013


3492 Comments


I swear I've read that intro before...

TooLateToGoBack
July 20th 2013


1780 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Really surprised at how much I'm enjoying this.

Pos'd; really enjoyed the review.

BassDemon333
July 20th 2013


3414 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Thanks guys. Yeah this is catchy as hell for the most part.

merpmerp
July 20th 2013


803 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

pos'd. good review man. can't say I'm enjoying this album as much as everyone else seems to be, it's definitely a step up from their debut though.

spartanawasp
July 20th 2013


303 Comments


Anybody else love the cover art?

merpmerp
July 20th 2013


803 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it's alright... kinda weird. listening to this again, Ready For Repair is a really awesome song.

pepster50
July 20th 2013


335 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

the screamer is absolutely terrible

merpmerp
July 20th 2013


803 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

he's better than the last guy that's for sure.

titlefightmeirl
July 20th 2013


659 Comments


lol this band

titlefightmeirl
July 20th 2013


659 Comments


This probably is a lot better than their debut, but honestly, is that really saying much?

merpmerp
July 20th 2013


803 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nope.

pizzamachine
July 20th 2013


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album pwns!

BassDemon333
July 20th 2013


3414 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Yeah its good stuff. Sleep Well, Darling is my favorite off this though by far.

sithlord416
July 20th 2013


76 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is surprisingly good so far. Sleep Well, Darling, Infinite Escape, and Maybe Next May are my favorites so far.

BassDemon333
July 21st 2013


3414 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

The title track is awesome

elbaliem
July 22nd 2013


925 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

an ascension from the ascent.


yourmindsdecide
July 22nd 2013


47 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

It's a different kind of terrible.

DoctorOrphan
August 1st 2013


6 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I can't get past the cleans. At all.



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