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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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Nothing New, but....

To be honest, what were you expecting? Another sound placed with angelic choirs and progressive music making? Nope, it's just the same old, same old. But what's that stopping a music goer to make you pass that up? I think a strong fan base will grow with this new band from independent label Rise Records. In fact, the band had gotten so popular that they signed before even releasing an EP. So what can you expect? Well, loud screams, melodic hooks, and hard breakdowns is all that's put into it. Maybe new hooks, but the hooks you'd expect from a band like this. SECRETS does make you wonder where the hell will they go next?! The first time I heard 'Melodies', I couldn't help but sing it's catchy chorus for the next week. It's moments like that that will make casual music goers want to hear. Catchy, easy, hard, and just plain old fun. I won't say, "By all means, it's groundbreaking!" As every freshman album goes, it has problems. Inconsistent leveling and tempo sometimes meander through the sound and don't make the ride as pleasant. But If you nitpick through the tracks, you'll have a decent good time.

Demos were better

i liked the demos better. i wish they didnt change the songs. still good though but couldve been way better

Another Rise band.

By all means, I like this album. However, it's obviously nothing new or ground breaking since it was released by Rise Records. It's the same clean chorus singing and hardcore screaming during breakdowns. I do like many Rise bands, so this album is good for me. I will not give them 4 or 5 stars because this is nothing new. Get this album if you like this genre (I bought it)
Look up Sumerian Record bands if you are looking for variety.


Formed: 2010 in San Diego, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '10s

Based out of San Diego, California, Secrets are a post-hardcore band formed in 2010. Originally consisting of singer Xander Bourgeois, guitarists Richard Rogers and Michael Sherman, bassist Marc Koch, and drummer Joe English, the band's punishing sound found them signing to Rise Records just a year after getting started. Secrets made their debut in 2012 with The Ascent, which climbed to the number three spot on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. That same year, the band would find Koch being replaced...
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