The Secret - Disintoxication
Secret's 2008 release Disintoxication was quite a refreshing band to listen to in my review pile. After getting my hopes up with the "hardcore" band Face the Panic and being thoroughly disappointed, I was apprehensive of another bad hardcore band in Secret. They certainly have proved me wrong! Disintoxication reminds me of Meshuggah's Catch 33 in some parts and truly brings back the old school diminished scale riffs typical of all great European metal bands.
Secret's singer definitely screams his pitch-black heart out throughout the album, sounding like a mix of Meshuggah and Lamb of God. The guitarists prove their talent throughout the album as well giving it an ambient sound in some tracks such as "Inferno" and then going full out with in-your-face diminished riffs in songs like "Saul" and "In Limbo." My favorite track on Disintoxication however has got to be "Umea." A tribute song to the desolate Swiss rural grounds that this album was recorded in. The band described this place as unsettling and isolated which definitely shows in the song. "Umea" is the ballad of the metal genre.
I am pleased to say that I was pleasantly surprised with Disintoxication. Aside from some questionable cover art, Secret has put together an album that is certainly worth mention and praise. I wouldn't be surprised to see Secret coming full force through the metal/hardcore scene.
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