EP Review: Held In Secret – Nomads (Self Released)

Ottawa based metalcore band Held in Secret will release their sophomore EP “Nomads” on May 29th 2020. The EP also features guest vocals from Garrett Russell of Silent Planet on the title track. The guys are five hardworking individuals who spend every day creating the heaviest and djentiest listening experience known to the Ottawa metal scene.

Taking their cues from a more modern sound of metalcore, one that incorporates a lot of technical guitars and melody, Held in Secret come out swinging with Ties. A meaty and explosive start, the aggressive percussion doesn’t overpower the more heartfelt chorus.

The title track doesn’t diminish the power, although it’s a lot more capacious. Whereas Downcast showcases a unique effort of winding guitar riffing, savage drumming and gut-wrenching vocals.

Gaia has a brief bit of pretty and calming music at the start but don’t let it fool you, this is Held in Secret at their most intense in the verses and most mournful in the chorus. A lovely penultimate track, setting up the finale of Static nicely. A finale that stands out for its keyboard use that gives it an ethereal taste.

A hell of an EP and a strong contender for the best of the year.

Held in Secret – Nomads Full Track Listing:

1. Ties
2. Nomads
3. Downcast
4. Gaia
5. Static

Held In Secret - Nomads (Self Released)
  • The Final Score - 9.5/10
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