Thursday, 19 January 2012
Review: Secrets - The Ascent
Everyone around me has been saying that the acts will never be passed. The mass petitions signed against it will cause Congress to change their minds and President Obama is otherwise likely to veto both of them and that gives me a little bit of faith. But if SOPA and PIPA were to be passed, well I'm pretty much screwed and if you're an avid enough internet user to be reading blogs, chances are part of your life will be too.
The identifiable sense of frustration and bile juxtaposed from the soaring emo-tinged choruses in the vocals of frontman Xander Bourgeois and guitarist Richard Rogers gives each song a sense of icy deadliness as their songs of hatred, being broken and their desire for that bitch to shut the fuck up are really brought to life by the crashing post-hardcore performance from Rogers, Micheal Sherman, also axe-wielding, Mark Koch on bass and Joe English on drums.
This is seen in the juddering breakdowns that make up The Heartless Part and Blindside and it can also be identified in the hook filled slabs of metallic pounding that often forms the choruses best demonstrated in the fun and warmer 40 Below and You Look Good In Plastic. The slick and glossy production from Denney is effective in keeping a sense of sweetness and emo-influenced grace within the music which gives Secrets that bit more of a sense of civility in their sound.
This sense of overriding slickness mixed with the pounding and ferocious nature of the music makes The Ascent an overall dynamic and captivating listen throughout from Secrets. The group's mixture of metalcore and more electronic poppy effects is one that is executed with more perfection and skill than various peers of theirs. The whole metalcore/mainstream pop sound mixture is a musical scene that is now very much bursting at it's seams filled with bands that are either hit or miss. On this album, Secrets prove themselves to be a band of the hit variety.
Secrets' The Ascent is out now via Rise Records.