Vicious Italian cult THE SECRET returns in 2018, with new live performances as well as the impending release of their first new material in six years.
THE SECRET ends the extensive period of decay since their 2012-released Agnus Dei LP, emerging with their first studio material in almost six years. Following three years without communication between members, the band regrouped under the same roof for the first time since 2015 to record Lux Tenebris, a three-song act in sonic exploration of the theme of the sepulchre.
The twenty-minute Lux Tenebris EP sees THE SECRET abandoning the minimalistic approach of the previous two albums, the band expanding its sound by adding more layered and textural guitar work to the primordial destructive aggression that distinguished the Solve Et Coagula and Agnus Dei LPs. While still physical and confrontational, these songs show no concern for mortality and forget time and decay, creating new room for resonation and atmosphere. Lux Tenebris is an ode to the eternal night suspended beyond life and death.
The signature sound of the band is pushed to its extreme by further developing the black metal and doom influences reminiscent of Southern Lord mid-2000s catalog, showcasing THE SECRET as one of Italy’s undeniably darkest bands in existence once again. Lux Tenebris was recorded by Steve Scanu and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege and completed with a cover illustration and layout by View From The Coffin.
Southern Lord will issue THE SECRET‘s Lux Tenebris as part of the label’s special twentieth anniversary subscription series on August 31st with a small portion of the pressing to be available via label direct mailorder. The 12″ vinyl pressing bears the three tracks on the A-side, with a silkscreened B-side; the EP will also be released on all digital platforms.
See a brief trailer for Lux Tenebris HERE.
Lux Tenebris Track Listing:
2. The Sorrowful Void
3. Cupio Dissolvi
Southern Lord is releasing eight records as part of the label’s twentieth anniversary series. The bundles include a t-shirt, slipmat, and download code with each record. Find out more at the Southern Lord store RIGHT HERE.
THE SECRET recently performed at Venezia hardcore fest alongside the likes of Integrity, Raw Power, The Varukers, Cripple Bastards, and more, solidifying the band as a destructive live force again as well. New performances are booked for Saint Helena Festival in Munich, Germany this week, and August performances at Cudi Purci Festival in Budapest, Hungary and Frantic Festival in Francavilla al Mare, Italy confirmed for August. Stand by for new tour dates, audio previews from the new EP, and more on THE SECRET to be released in the coming weeks.
THE SECRET Tour Dates:
6/16/2018 Saint Helena Festival – Munich, DE w/ Converge, Dark Buddha Rising, Kringa
8/12/2018 Cudi Purci Festival – Budapest, HU w/ High On Fire, Pillorian
8/18/2018 Frantic Festival – Francavilla al Mare, IT w/ Sadistic Intent, Bolzer, Enslaved
Michael Bertoldini – guitars/synthesizers
Marco Coslovich – vocals/lyrics
Lorenzo Gulminelli – bass
Tommaso Corte – drums