The Bleakness by Secret Revealed

 

German hardcore band, A Secret Revealed, is typically described with the ever puzzling tag of “Post Metal”.  The meaning of this genre is a mystery to me and how it fits with A Secret Revealed is beyond me.  I would describe the band as being similar to Devil Wears Prada, The Acacia Strain, and Upon The Water.  They have an all out wailing vocalist and guitarists heroically attempting to balance out these harsh vocalists.  To compare this band to the ones I listed above is a stretch.  While the melodic side of A Secret Revealed is interesting, I find the overall quality of the music to be lacking greatly.   From what I have heard so far from this band, their name is very fitting to the lack of diversity in their music.  So, my hopes are not very high for their new album.

 

A Secret Revealed’s new album “The Bleakness” is an album for hardcore Metal fans that thrive on the murderous chaos of an angry pit.  This album is not for the weak or the Metal fans who like any clean vocals.  In fact, I would say this band has a very small target audience for their music.  Hardcore is an ever growing genre throughout the world.  While I don’t understand or appreciate the genre or what “Post Metal” is supposed to be, I feel it’s fair to give this album an unbiased review.  As a fan of Death Metal, I look for certain characteristics to grasp onto.  These characteristics help me decide whether or not I like it.  A Secret Revealed lacks all of these likable aspects of a good Death Metal band.

 

Firstly, I look for a mix of deep grunts and high pitched screams or pleasant melodic clean vocals.  This band only illustrates one type of screaming, added with constant straining and lack of dynamics.  The “growler” has absolutely no range in his screams and sounds like he is burning from the inside out.  Then, I look for fast and technical guitars with a melodic break down.  The guitars aren’t bad and do have melodic riffs throughout each track, but do not differ from any other mainstream Modern Metal band.  Thirdly I look for an interesting depressive theme in the lyrical content and throughout the music.  While “The Bleakness” illustrated outright pain, anger, and distress, I find it impossible to make an emotional connection.  Overall, this album goes against my grain as a Metal fan.  It is not that it is too heavy for me, but it lacks everything I love and have a passion for in Metal.

 

Overall Rating: 1/10- No Dynamics, Abysmal Vocals, Boring Guitars, Over Distorted.

 

Listen for yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yftB3NK_Ng

Eye of Providence by The Agonist Review

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Eye of Providence by The Agonist

The Agonist has been a reckoning force in Melodic Death Metal since 2004, with several excellent albums and daring sounds.  They prevail with diverse and hardcore music, ranging from melodic to all out thrashing Metal.  I’ve enjoyed this band off and on since 2010, when the dynamic and talented Alissa White-Gluz fronted the band.  When she announced she was replacing Angela Gossow in the Swedish Melodeth band Arch Enemy, it was clear she couldn’t balance too popular bands at once.  The Agonist however prevailed on without her, picking up long time friend Vicky Psarakis as their new vocalist.  I did not foresee The Agonist successfully continuing on without Alissa, no doubt due to my personal connection with the vocalist, but on their new album I am slowly convinced.
“The Eye of Providence” is just like previous albums from The Agonist, with new flavors and no doubt a heavier sound.  It is the band matured and refined into a heavier more aggressive band, while keeping the melodic breakdowns they exhibited in previous tracks.  The guitars are also magnified 100x to a stellar speed and technical quality that sets this band above other bands in their genre.  The guitars are loud, dynamic, and absolutely crazy in such a well executed way.  Every part is turned up and blended into this hard to grasp chaos, and I absolutely love it.  The hard to grasp aspects of the album are good aspects, but took awhile to get my head around It took awhile to warm up to Vicky’s style, but to be absolutely honest the difference of style between the old vocals and news ones isn’t too drastic.  There’s just so much chaos and style exploding in the album, it takes around three listens to hone in on all the good parts.  The old albums and “The Eye of Providence” aren’t too far apart in sound, but miles apart in maturity.

 

I found the first couple albums from The Agonist seemed to have an “Emo” quality that appealed more to teens than to the typical Metal fan.  “The Eye of Providence” is certainly not anything you can compare to breakup emo bands like Pierce the Veil and Black Veil Brides.  Songs like My Witness Your Victim, I Endeavor, and A Necessary Evil prove the band has come a long way and is in a league of their own.  Each track is powerful, concise, and well versed in song structure and brilliant lyrics.  All of the songs standout on “The Eye of Providence” because of their consistent theme and hard work put into every track.  I also must commend them for the epic and dark bass solo on A Gentle Disease, it sets this album apart from other hardcore releases even more. All of these characteristics of the album remind me why I love this band and why The Agonist will continue to grow.

 

Album Rating 7/10- I really enjoyed the album and all the aspects that made this a really unique album, but found it a little weak in some areas.  I will most likely forget this album later in the year, because there are so much more powerful albums to come in 2015.