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The Secret Luce

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The Secret - Luce
1. The Long Night of Mademoiselle Victorine Lafourcade
2. Memento Mori
3. Close To Me, Inside My Heart
4. Fire Isn't Always Meant To Burn
5. The Last One
6. Segue
7. Pretty Girls Make Graves
8. Oslo
Reviewed by: Cory   //   Published: 11/29/2004

When Italy's From The Dying Sky decided in 2003 to essentially start over with a new musical approach, I can't say I was necessarily expecting a phenomenal outcome. Upon my first listen to Luce however, I immediately knew that the changes made went far beyond the name. The Secret -as they were recently renamed- is still, in essence, a band that combines various sorts of metal with sparing dashes of hardcore. But this change seems to have kick-started their creative engines. The leap made from revious material with From The Dying Sky to their material as The Secret is an artistic progression that many bands could go their entire career without making.

The one signature aspect of The Secret's sound that stays constant throughout this relatively tumultuous disc is Marco Coslovich's distorted wailing. Although comparable to the style of Zao's Dan Weyandt, I like it a lot more here. The vocal cacophony complements the chaotic nature of the music quite well. What sets The Secret apart from the pack is their ability to reign in their musical volatility and fit it carefully into varying complex rhythmic patterns. The drumming is consistently top notch and surprisingly inventive. Matteo Piatti simply seems to have a knack for slipping that extra single hit into his beats that keep you on your toes. These songs keep you guessing all around well beyond your first listen and at around six minutes per song, have enough recurring themes and changes to satisfy the most demanding critic.

While, as their press release notes, The Secret do often wander into territory previously charted by Botch, Zao and Meshuggah, they are not satisfied to copy or imitate. For every part that I started to compare to another band, I found something entirely unique, whether it be guitar style, drum patterns or even song construction. The only two things that I initially didn't care for on this record were certain guitar tones and a singular clean vocal on the song "Pretty Girls Make Graves." Upon repeated listening, I came to accept the slightly mechanical guitar tone as necessary to the overall sound and learned to forgive the one relatively unnecessary melodic vocal. I still don't care for it, but it doesn't affect my enjoyment of the song, or the record.

Bottom Line: So many words get thrown around to describe records or bands that we like, but The Secret really has surprised and amazed me. It's certainly easier for a relatively unknown or previously lackluster band to impress than an group that has already established themselves creatively, but I rest assured that The Secret will continue to innovate. This record should turn heads all around the heavy music world and set The Secret well on their way to becoming a so-called household name.

Comments
Gun fight_   posted 2/21/2006 9:45:44 AM
f*cking brutal CD.
jeff_   posted 2/6/2005 1:29:05 AM
there amazing. they got ranked number 4 at lumberjack distro their first week the album hit....right up there with converge, zao, and isis.....
yea they dont sound like converge....idiots.
Chad_   posted 12/7/2004 6:24:36 PM
Amazing album. One of the best I have gotten this year. Not to mention it was only 10 bucks, so with Christmas coming up, I think some people need to add this to their list. Oh and for whoever said they sound like Converge, that was one of the worst comparisons I have ever heard. But hey, if you have not heard the band, I guess I can understand your horribly inaccurate comparison (suck my balls pal). ;)
xOSCARx_   posted 12/6/2004 4:30:54 PM
This album is the shit...xXx

I got it the first day it came out and I think goodfellow did a good job signing these guys and pressing this album.
bobbydrake_   posted 12/6/2004 4:19:14 AM
i dunno, i really really really thought of a cross between norma jean, converge and zao when i heard the secret...never a bad thing though

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