If one ever needs a prompt that Apocalypse is near, a session with Italy’s most destructive musical force will certainly reinforce the thought.
Since 2003 THE SECRET has waged musical warfare with their incendiary brew of blasting, metallic hatred, their songs growing sonically more caustic and lyrically more impatient with the human race with each studio offering. The band combines elements of crust/grind, primitive black metal, dark soundscapes and monolithic riffs to take the listener by the hand through a hallucinated trip towards a foggy and yet invisible tomorrow. So as the end of the world is supposedly upon us in 2012, what more appropriate time would there be than now to attack the planet with a new LP from this hateful act?
THE SECRET‘s attack is more corrosive and convincing than ever on the newly completed Agnus Dei. As with their third album Solve Et Coagula, the new opus was recorded by Kurt Ballou (High on Fire, Converge, Black Breath) at Godcity Studios, resulting in a blasphemous titan that is without question their heaviest, and most filthy crust-ridden recording to date. Swelling with thirteen unstoppable new anthems in under forty-five minutes, Agnus Dei will prove itself to be the most hateful release from this killing machine to date, as every album in their discography has.
With a North American street date of October 23rd now confirmed for the release of Agnus Dei, today the heavy supporters of THE SECRET over at BrooklynVegan have hosted an exclusive premiere of the album’s opening title track.
Experience the collapse of the planet with “Agnus Dei” Via BrooklynVegan RIGHT HERE.
Check out the cover art for Agnus Dei by English illustrator Sin Eater, live footage of THE SECRET from their recent US tour and more below.
Following two albums via Goodfellow Records, THE SECRET was picked up by Southern Lord for the release of 2010’s Solve Et Coagula LP. The record yielded massive amounts of bewildered praise from media outlets and fans across the planet, and opened the band up to a whole new level of international touring alongside such acts as Kvelertak, Converge and sunn 0))), and this Summer’s American Southern Lord label package tour alongside Enabler, Burning Love, Martyrdöd, Black Breath and more. The band will continue to pulverize audiences with their unstoppable live show in support of Agnus Dei through the New Year, or until the supposed pending Apocalypse later this year will permit, including a forthcoming European tour supporting Converge, Touché Amoré and A Storm of Light in November and December.
THE SECRET European Tour w/ Converge, Touché Amoré, A Storm of Light:
11/23/2012 Essigfabrik – Koln, Germany
11/24/2012 Magasin 4 – Brussels, Belgium
11/25/2012 Koko – London, UK
11/26/2012 02 Academy 2 – Birmingham, UK
11/27/2012 Arts Centre – Colchester, UK
11/28/2012 Classic Grand – Glascow, Scotland
11/29/2012 Academy 2 – Manchester, UK
11/30/2012 The Button Factory – Dublin, Ireland
12/01/2012 Concorde 2 – Brighton, UK
12/02/2012 L’Astrolabe – Orleans, France
12/03/2012 Tivoli – Utrecht, Holland
12/04/2012 Fabrik – Hamburg, Germany
12/05/2012 Brew House – Gothenburg, Sweden
12/06/2012 Rockefeller – Oslo, Norway
12/07/2012 Strand – Stockholm, Sweden
12/09/2012 Nosturi – Helsinki, Finland
12/11/2012 Loppen – Copenhagen, Denmark
12/12/2012 SO36 – Berlin, Germany
12/13/2012 Conne Island – Leipzig, Germany
12/14/2012 Futurm – Prague, Czech Republic
12/15/2012 Kantine – Augsburg, Germany
12/16/2012 Durer Kert – Budapest, Hungary
12/17/2012 Mochvara – Zagreb, Croatia
12/18/2012 Arena – Wien, Austria
12/19/2012 Factory – Milan, Italy
12/20/2012 Traffic Club – Rome, Italy
12/21/2012 Kiff – Aarau, Switzerland
12/22/2012 Substage – Karlsruhe, Germany
Agnus Dei Track Listing:
1. Agnus Dei
2. May God Damn All Of Us
3. Violent Infection
4. Geometric Power
5. Post Mortem Nihil Est
6. Daily Lies
7. Love Your Enemy
8. Vermin Of Dust
9. Darkness I Became
10. Heretic Temple
11. The Bottomless Pit
12. Obscure Dogma
13. Seven Billion Graves