11 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With haunting postapocalyptic sounds and cover art portraying a dystopian future, the San Diego screamo quintet Secrets lace their debut album, The Ascent, with science fiction. “Genesis” opens forebodingly, as electro flourishes spit and sputter over big throbbing beats and distorted blasts of gargantuan guitar riffs. What sets these guys apart from an ocean of peers is the yin-and-yang vocal contrast between Xander Bourgeois’ throat-grating screams and Richard Roger’s soaring voice. Each sounds powerful in his own right, but together they create sublime, third-octave overtones normally associated with close harmonies. “The Oath” hits harder with a relentless barrage of pummeling rhythms as Bourgeois and Roger go for a call-and-response approach to their singing. Overflowing with melody, “Somewhere in Hiding” is a salient number that’s equally catchy and ferocious. The standout track “40 Below” balances the attack of A Day to Remember (whose Tom Denney produced The Ascent) with the razor-honed hooks of The Word Alive.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With haunting postapocalyptic sounds and cover art portraying a dystopian future, the San Diego screamo quintet Secrets lace their debut album, The Ascent, with science fiction. “Genesis” opens forebodingly, as electro flourishes spit and sputter over big throbbing beats and distorted blasts of gargantuan guitar riffs. What sets these guys apart from an ocean of peers is the yin-and-yang vocal contrast between Xander Bourgeois’ throat-grating screams and Richard Roger’s soaring voice. Each sounds powerful in his own right, but together they create sublime, third-octave overtones normally associated with close harmonies. “The Oath” hits harder with a relentless barrage of pummeling rhythms as Bourgeois and Roger go for a call-and-response approach to their singing. Overflowing with melody, “Somewhere in Hiding” is a salient number that’s equally catchy and ferocious. The standout track “40 Below” balances the attack of A Day to Remember (whose Tom Denney produced The Ascent) with the razor-honed hooks of The Word Alive.

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