on March 4, 2011
If the thought of His Hero is Gone crossed with 'You Fail Me'-era Converge, mixed with a dose of black metal atmosphere gets you excited, then get this record. Solid but dirty production, distorted from the brink of chaos vocals, gnarled guitar tones...bleak, nihilistic and doom obsessed, and all the better for it. Awesome.
on May 8, 2014
The Secret's 3rd album, maybe their best album. Solve et Coagula starts droney, slow with and evil build up then kicks off into breakneck speed of blistering crust and thrash energy and wall of D-Tuned guitars with frenetic Black Metal chords and some Trap Them/Converge-esque noodling with monstrous vocals set perfectly in the mix. When this album was released in Italy, America had bands of a similar nature influencing one another aka GAZA and Trap Them. Gaza being the more complex with mathy guitar chords and hardcore/metal approach with splashes of grind. With Trap Them also galloping along with a similar approach of noise hardcore but the song structures would have elements of dancey D Beat, obviously taken from their peers Converge, with Trap Them even visiting Ballou in God City for some recording sessions. When North America had grind and D Beat blending with metal and hardcore, The Secret were throwing in a brilliant Black Metal structure into the mix of song writing. This album is a work of art and deserves a lot more attention. The follow up album (Angus Dei) is strong as well but this is the album that gets all the replays.