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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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
372 Ratings
372 Ratings
das gute

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.

Nickkk S

Demos were better

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

XxHellHounDxX

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.

About SECRETS

Based out of San Diego, California, post-hardcore band Secrets rose to national success with the release of their 2012 debut, The Ascent, and its 2013 follow-up, Fragile Figures, both of which made solid showings on the Billboard charts. Boasting two vocalists and a heavy, aggressive sound, the band's career has been marked by a series of lineup shifts.

Formed in 2010 by 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 see Koch 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. Released in December 2015, it would prove to be their last release for the Rise label. A new deal was struck in 2017 with Made in the Shade Records, who released Secrets' self-titled fourth outing the following year.

ORIGIN
San Diego, CA
GENRE
Rock
FORMED
2010

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