SECRETS
Everything That Got Us Here


2.5
average

Review

by Gameofmetal STAFF
December 16th, 2015 | 19 replies


Release Date: 12/11/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Shallow post hardcore comfort food.

Everything That Got Us Here would have a difficult time finding a worse way to kick itself off. The simply titled “Intro” is nothing more than a thirty second clip of Secrets’ lead vocalist Richard Rogers…in a cappella form. “Roadblock” would be a generous descriptor for the car crash that opens the San Diego post hardcore outfit’s third record. Most remarkably of all, is how quickly the band shifts gears and forgets they did it at all. Follow up track “Rise Up” is about a mile or three closer to the band’s roots. It’s simultaneously a relief to see them abandon it quickly, and awkward to see such a perplexing one-off chosen to open a record. Make no mistake, however, Everything That Got Us Here is a blatant simplification in sound for Secrets, and one that doesn’t exactly pay off for either the listener or the band.

Secrets’ debut album wasn’t much of a splash in the metalcore/post hardcore pool, but the follow up, Fragile Figures, was much more potent in its delivery. Featuring improved songwriting, enhanced dynamics, and more memorable tracks, the album actually made Secrets worth hearing. One of the key components of Fragile Figures was Rogers’ vocals, sporting a smooth tone and hooks aplenty. On Everything That Got Us Here it seems obvious that Secrets realized the weapon they had in Rogers and pushed him to the forefront. However, in the process they seem to have traded every one of their other armaments. Anything that isn’t a hooky chorus seems more like an afterthought, devoid of memorability or creativity. Granted, the choruses are certainly hooky enough. Rogers seems to have only gotten better since Fragile Figures, but everything else is overshadowed by him. New harsh vocalist Wade Walters might as well not be there at all, offering competent screams that mostly pop in to contrast absently with Rogers croon and then disappear. Furthermore, the album starts to feel like a retread of Fragile Figures minus most of its good qualities (especially with the nearly identical acoustic closing track). With a band on autopilot for roughly half of every given track, there’s not a lot of meat to back up the sugary hooks. In essence, Everything That Got Us Here is admittedly amusing post hardcore comfort food, but nothing more.



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Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
December 15th 2015


10390 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

short review for a vaguely shitty, vaguely fun album

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TooLateToGoBack
December 16th 2015


1963 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Decent album, but quite a big disappointment after the relatively great Fragile Figures.

betray
December 16th 2015


9376 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

fragile figures is so much better than this idk what is about this



Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
December 16th 2015


14049 Comments


good review man posd

this is a Rise band right? pretty sure ive heard some of their stuff

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Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
December 16th 2015


10390 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yeah im pretty sure they're on rise and if not, well they sound like it

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
December 16th 2015


14049 Comments


sad that the genres biggest label is such a shitpile but oh well

ohtheurgency
December 16th 2015


110 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Wade Walters is the new screamer. Other then that, spectacular review. I wonder if Rise will keep this band on their roster.

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
December 16th 2015


10390 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Oh yea? michael sherman was listed on their facebook page but i have no idea. only looked for the sake of the review



edit: nvm, i see where i got confused with the info on their page

sspedding
December 17th 2015


5229 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

this is terrible

Elvis
December 17th 2015


38 Comments


"the genres biggest label is such a shitpile but oh well"

their roster has actually improved quite a bit in recent years


Elvis
December 17th 2015


38 Comments


Hoooowever, I actually kinda dig this new softer sound they went for with Richard at the forefront. But they pulled it off shittily. Great idea in theory but absolutely atrocious in execution

unaMUSEd
December 17th 2015


1441 Comments


Shame that this isn't great cause I loved Fragile Figures. Although that was partly because Aaron Melzer is/was one of my favorite screamers.

SimpleM
December 18th 2015


120 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

what the hell happened fragile figures was very solid and then they make this

thedmob472
January 27th 2016


25 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Decent review. This album was definitely a let down compared to Fragile Figures, but I gotta admit the song Learn to Love is pretty great.

ZodiacalWolf
January 30th 2016


189 Comments


Holy crap the mix on this disaster destroys every enjoyable part. Screamer sound like balls and the clean vocals are way to dominant in the sound mix, wtf.

cocopunk1486
April 5th 2016


4 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This was such a let down from Fragile Figures, but I'm enjoying it for what it is. I think they didn't have an unclean vocalist when they started writing so they let Richard handle things. Wish Aaron was still in the band because his screams are so much better than Wade's (when you compare their performances on either album).



Do really like Half Alive, The Man That Never Was, and In Loving Memory

iloveyouall
April 5th 2016


6319 Comments


i hate these unclean vocalists. they smell so bad.

betray
April 8th 2016


9376 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

unclean lmao

Havoren94
May 18th 2016


62 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Fuck this album!



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