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Italian skullcrushers The Secret unleash a mammoth display of decadent discord on the eight-track LUCE. This quintet’s uncanny knack for composing cohesive yet experimental metal propels this release, as songs like “Close to Me, Inside My Heart” bounce from Meshuggah-esque brutality to Neurosis-esque ambiance within a six-minute time frame. The Secret also succeeds by being able to alter moods as quick as they can make lightning fast tempo changes and dissonant chord changes on tracks like “Oslo”. In all, The Secret excels by merging a multitude of extreme styles with startlingly stellar results. If you dig Mastodon, Isis, or Converge, there’s something here for you.
- Mike SOS