A Breach of Silence – Secrets

Review: 3.5/5
Distributor/label: Eclipse Records
Distributor/label URL:
www.eclipserecords.com
Released:
2017
Buy Album [URL]:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Secrets-Explicit-Breach-Silence/dp/B01LY2XN18
Band Website:
www.abreachofsilence.com

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Band line-up:

Mat Cosgrove – Guitars
Kerrod Dabelstein – Guitars
Blair Layt – Bass, Vocals
Rhys Flannery – Vocals
Daniel Trickett – Drums

Tracklisting:

1. Falling Away
2. Ride or Die
3. Undefeated
4. Secrets
5. Nightcrawler
6. Fair Weather Friends
7. Buzz Killington
8. The Revelator
9. A Better Place
10. Broken
11. Shameless
12. Dethroned
13. Sugar and Spice

Review:

A Breach of Silence are an award-winning powercore band, who formed in 2010, and released their debut, ‘Dead or Alive’, in 2013. They are unleashing their third album ‘Secrets’, in February. It was mixed by Henrik Udd at Studio Fredman, and was produced by Fredrik Nordstrom – a man who has worked with Bring Me the Horizon, Arch Enemy and In Flames. This album is great if you like production sounding super polished and near perfect. ‘Secrets’ is FAR from raw. Similar to BMtH, the choruses throughout ‘Secrets’, are melodic and anthemic, and the heavily down tuned, thunderous guitars, like in AE, (and sometimes BMtH) only make them ultra-vigorous.

The music here, has a more extensive mix of influences than the above, however. ABoS have the energy and attitude of early Papa Roach; they have the super tight, off beat and machine gun chugging rhythms of Fear Factory; they occasionally have thrashy riffs in the style of Slayer (in songs like ‘Nightcrawler’, for example); and the guitar soloing style is reminiscent mid 80s shred metal. Clean arpeggiated chords even find their way into the music.

Impressively, almost all of this band’s sources of inspiration go together, in such a way, that a first time listener of this sort of music wouldn’t suspect anything odd, at all. However, there are moments, where concepts seem to be thrown into the songs, just for the sake of it. The hair metal style falsetto singing in ‘Fair Weather Friends’, whilst performed well, sounds odd; it is the only time the singer sings this way in the whole album (other than in ‘Sugar and Spice’ which is a hair metal tribute song). Consequently, these operatics stand out like a sore thumb. Less pedantically, the Linkin Park style electronica ideas of ‘Buzz Killington’, for example, are other cases of pastiche that need to be built on more, or just discarded.

Whilst this band have lots of assets, the metalcore singing is a flaw. Even though Rhys Flannery sings (and screams) perfectly well, his voice lacks originality. The album on the whole doesn’t really push many boundaries, either, it seems to be dead set on being mainstream and safe. Standard, non-adventurous Western harmony is used, and you can expect the occassional cliched, single tone, pounding ideas, that are locked in with the drums and bass. They may be fun to headbang to, but they’ve been done to death by so many artists. Some of the lyrics have arguably childish rhymes in them (e.g. ‘fair weather friends, this is the end, you’re a mistake, you’re nothing but fake’ – hm), and some of the songs ‘finish’ by almost randomly stopping.

To sum up, this is good music that flirts with an interesting range of metal sub-genres, but I still wanted to hear something more groundbreaking. At the risk of sounding like an OAP, so many modern bands are duplicates of each other, in many ways. I’ve heard mainly shouty verses, followed by cleaner, pop-like choruses, countless times. Flawless computer-modified musicianship, seems to be just as common, with these bands. ‘Secrets’ is from another one of them.

Review by: Simon the Mighty
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