A Secret Revealed is a five piece German post-metal band from Würzburg formed in early 2012. Having shared the stage with bands like Der Weg Einer Freiheit, Oathbreaker and Downfall of Gaia, the band wanted to live up to the personal notions of an atmospheric, melancholic and melodious mix of music – a mix that should work on record as well as live. Mixing post-metal with elements of black metal and hardcore, the band released their debut EP “Lay My Memory to Rest” in 2012. It took 3 years for the guys to release their debut album “The Bleakness” via Bastardized Recordings, but the wait proved well worth it and was well received by fans and critics alike. The following year, A Secret Revealed parted ways with vocalist Paul Motz, and recruited Michael Heim (ex- Necrotted / Ex-Guiding-Light-Demise) to solidify their line-up, debuting the first single with Michael in 2017. Fans have been anxiously awaiting a new album since the new single, but thankfully don’t have to wait much longer: their sophomore album “Sacrifices” is due out January 25th via Lifeforce records. Recently I had the chance to interview the band, with vocalist Michael and guitarists Raif and Lukas graciously answering my questions about the origin of the band name, why they stuck to the post-metal genre, favorite touring memories and a handful of other topics which you can read about below.
With “Sacrifices”, the band pushes their sound even further and produces one of the best post-metal albums I’ve had the pleasure of listening to in years. Filled with thick and beautiful atmosphere throughout, much of which can be attributed to Jonny Renshaw of Bandit Studios/Devil Sold His Soul mixing and mastering the album. “Sacrifices” grips you from its opening moments and does not let go until long after you finish the album. While it might take a few listens to fully appreciate every intricacy and new thing the band tries, the journey is worth it many times over and will resonate in your memory for a long time to come. It may be a January release, but I’m calling it now that it will make end of year lists due to how truly fantastic this record is. Do yourself a favor and listen when it releases, you won’t regret it. Support the guys by giving them a like on Facebook and pre-order Sacrifices in physical or digital format from Bandcamp.