"The Ascent" by SECRETS on iTunes

11 Songs

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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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

372 Ratings

awesome

Aizen Loutan,

Great album

amazing!

king julian530,

hella worth buying. these guys worked soo hard !

About SECRETS

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 by Michael Owens. The membership changes continued into the next year after Bourgeois announced he was leaving to focus on staying sober. Author & Finisher vocalist Aaron Melzer stepped in to take up lead vocal duties, and in the summer of 2013, the band released their sophomore album, Fragile Figures, which peaked at number 59 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. The band's third studio long player, Everything That Got Us Here, saw the departure of Melzer and the arrival of new vocalist Wade Walters. It was released in December 2015.

  • ORIGIN
    San Diego, CA
  • FORMED
    2010

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