Hail the Sun
Secret Wars


5.0
classic

Review

by Joeman82 USER (9 Reviews)
November 18th, 2017 | 26 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A microcosm of Hail the Sun's strengths.

Hail the Sun is one of the most versatile bands in contemporary post-hardcore. Throughout their entire discography, the band has showcased their versatility in dealing with different emotions through a combination of immense song crafting and instrumental technicality. Secret Wars is a transient reminder of Hail the Sun’s multifaceted sound.

The most admirable trait Hail the Sun possesses is their immaculate song crafting, and Secret Wars is no exception. Despite how vastly different various portions of the same song may be, they transition and harmonize to a calculated perfection. Take, for instance, the title track "Secret Wars." Directly after the first sing-along style chorus is a blast beat section for a mere six seconds before entering the second verse, yet this transition between the two distinct and varying sounds isn't jarring in the slightest. It's this practically ineffable quality to effectively amalgamate sounds that makes Secret Wars, and Hail the Sun as a whole, so astounding. The best examples of this, “Repellent” and “Secret Wars,” possess so many twists and turns it would put a roller coaster to shame. The ebb and flow, the ability to stop and go at a moments’ notice is what in essence makes Secret Wars a phenomenal 20 minute experience.

Even when Hail the Sun maintains one soundscape throughout the entirety of the track such as the ominous "Bound," they still deliver an enjoyable listening experience. What the track lacks in over-the-top progression it gains in a heavy and thick layer of atmosphere, no matter how each song may deviate. However, aurally the band still maintains its extremely solid base. A combination of the extremely noodly guitars; immaculate, unrelenting drums; and immensely solid higher ended vocals stays consistent throughout the entire album to create unique and dynamic sound.

While Secret Wars echoes projects of the past, such as Elephantitis and Wake, it separates itself from its predecessors. For one, Secret Wars is much less chorus-driven than any previous Hail the Sun project (the aforementioned "Bound" is only track to repeat its chorus three times). In addition, Secret Wars is by far the most aggressive project Hail the Sun has released to date. The EP contains the most biting and intense sections the band ever created, thus adding more depth into Hail the Sun's already impressive repertoire. Secret Wars also includes Hail the Sun's most technical instrumentals. Drummer and singer Donovan Melero unleashes what is by far is most chaotic and complex drum beats in the band's history. Donovan's unremitting pounding of the drums over top of his own soaring vocals is at the forefront on Secret Wars now more than ever, and there is no doubt he is the driving force of the EP.

Secret Wars is a compact, energetic experience that does not let its brevity interfere with the band’s diverse sound and only accentuates the band’s brilliant composition and overall talent.



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Joeman82
November 18th 2017


924 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Big thanks to Blush for looking over the review.

Digging: Hail the Sun - Secret Wars

Rigma
November 18th 2017


534 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

riffz hard m/

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Calc
Contributing Reviewer
November 18th 2017


15794 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

no way. but this is nice to listen to sometimes for sure. you should post a link to the stream if you have one

Ovrot
November 18th 2017


13148 Comments


ctrl+f "riff"
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Joeman82
November 18th 2017


924 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I’m more or less just a sucker for hail the sun’s sound.

Spluger
November 18th 2017


1791 Comments


Good review Joe. I'm surprised by how much I'm digging this


Joeman82
November 18th 2017


924 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

https://open.spotify.com/album/1bb8I4p0OeT4AFFtb3OXys Here’s the Spotify link btw

GreyShadow
November 18th 2017


1844 Comments


EP is great but a 5 is a little much

Joeman82
November 18th 2017


924 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I’ll admit I’m quite biased. However, this is pretty much everything I wanted in a Hail the Sun release so I feel as thought it constitutes a 5 personally.

brainmelter
November 18th 2017


4583 Comments


i hear this a return to form?

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Calc
Contributing Reviewer
November 18th 2017


15794 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

they never lost their form imo.

artiswar
November 18th 2017


1747 Comments


Oh man, can't wait to listen to this. Never fully got into Culture Scars (it all kind of went in one ear and out the other) but everyone has been hyping this up.

Winsomniac
November 18th 2017


8482 Comments


Ayy nice review! I'm not sure this quite has the same effect on me, but I respect me the shit outta some journalistic concision!

BlushfulHippocrene
November 18th 2017


2019 Comments


Terrific stuff, Joe! Don't think I'd dig this, but I might give it a listen since it's short.

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Aiwaz
November 18th 2017


5103 Comments


This good?

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kingdedethefifth
November 18th 2017


4294 Comments


Did you read the review you dunce?
Gj Joe!

Aiwaz
November 18th 2017


5103 Comments


Yeah I'm asking the rest of the community that have listened to it

Aiwaz
November 18th 2017


5103 Comments


Posd btw

kingdedethefifth
November 19th 2017


4294 Comments


Joe's opinion is law

GreyShadow
November 19th 2017


1844 Comments


Culture Scars is such a grower, I highly recommend multiple listens.

I like Wake a lot but I think it sometimes loses itself with a lot of the songs being much longer than they need to be

I think this EP is definitely them at their most refined so far



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