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THE SECRET
SOLVE ET COAGULA
SOUTHERN LORD

Italy’s answer to Converge, The Secret has made a harsh and callous metallic hardcore offering in the form of SOLVE ET COAGULA. This squad’s third release pummels listeners with copious strands of crusty D-beats (“Pursuit of Discomfort”) and blackened melodies ripped from Norway’s most glacial merchants (“Double Slaughter”) yet manages to inject shards of atmosphere within their merciless cacophonic chaos to balance out this blistering assault (“Bell of Urgency”). Guided through these dark and ominous corridors by a frenzied bark, this Kurt Ballou-produced 12-track affair encapsulates all the elements of a nightmare into a fierce and furious soundtrack that crosses over into all things abrasive and sinister.
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- Mike SOS