SECRETS deliver smashing set at Sundowners

It is no secret that the South African metal scene has been delivering of late. The hype train was put into further into motion this past Saturday during the SECRETS show at Sundowners, when the highly anticipated US band played their second gig of their SA Tour.

Rowdy and riveting are two of the best words to explain the intensity and passion of this event that Jam Packed Productions supremely organised.

SECRETS were absolutely phenomenal and played a mix of old favourites and new tracks from their latest self-titled album. Clean vocalist and guitarist, Richard Rogers, took to the stage for the first time during the tour, and delivered a flawless performance. This despite the fact that he had been admitted to hospital the previous night regarding a sudden illness. Fans were delighted to see him back in action and together with the screams of Wade Walters the two put on a vocal clinic. The music was also fast and furious with breakdowns, and a couple of wall of death’s in the crowd was a testament to this. Their hits “Rise Up”, “Ready For Repair” and “Dance of the Dead” had everyone moving to each note.
One of the highlights was definitely their single “Incredible” that nearly blew the roof off. One of the best sing along choruses in music at the moment.

Earlier on the supporting acts, I Am, OneDaySky, A Fate Like Yours and Facing The Gallows, stamped their authority on the night with applomb.

I AM had the groove and pop rock appeal to get the party started and delivered a tight and always entertaining set. You gotta love bassist, Katlego Molepo’s infectious smile and energy on stage.

Photos: Wouter Pienaar

OneDaySky as always brought some heaviness to the table mixed in with the soothing and melodic vocals of Clinton Watts. A perfect combination that had the crowd jumping to every beat. As per usual their hit “Aporia” drew the biggest response as the energy soars to another level.

There was a welcome return for SA metal heavyweights, A Fate Like Yours after a four year hiatus. A sense of anticipation was in the air when frontman, Brad Morrison and company hit the stage and played one of the loudest and wildest shows to date. “Greater Good” was the perfect opener to get the blood pumping, with “Vader Hater” and “The Mindless Are Easily Led” inducing moshpits and head banging for days. Morrison also screamed his vocals with ferocity, complete with a neck brace. Now if that’s not metal then I don’t know what is. Needless to say A Fate Like Yours were warmly embraced back into the music scene.

Facing The Gallows took to the stage as part of their “Dead Mindset” album tour and blew everybody’s minds with majestic metal. Fans were eager to see the new material on stage and tracks like “Illuminate”, “Tides Of Terror” and “Dead Mindset” were the perfect prescription. Fans went absolutely mental as frontman Bryan Binneman screamed the lyrics with consummate ease and aggression. This coupled with clean sing along sections from James Irving (guitar) and Ray Abraham (bass) just balanced everything perfectly. Cue blistering breakdowns from guitarist Chase Beynon and drummer Victor Monginho’s dangerous double bass beats and you have the perfect FTG package. To date one of my favourite shows from this band.

There is one final SECRETS show in Cape Town at Mercury Live on Saturday 21 April.

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Wouter Pienaar
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