Reviewed by Cory Clubb
Great White Whale by Secret & Whisper
"Emotional screams mix with heavy slamming guitars and electronic waves produce quite an original sound."
Hailing from Canada,
alterative hard rockers Secret & Whisper
bring us their debut album Great White Whale. Freshly pressed off of Tooth
and Nail records, this presentation is difficult to classify into a genre.
Emotional screams mix with heavy slamming guitars and electronic waves produce
quite an original sound.
Secret & Whisper give an entrancing intro that dives straight into the first hard hitting track “You Are Familiar”. The following tracks “Vanshings” and “Xoxoxo” lay the foundation of a distinct but unique sound and feel. On “Lovers” the band doesn’t hold back on their ripping guitars that lead into heavy riffs through out the song. Slower melodies like those found on tracks “The Actress” and “Werewolves” let the lead singer stretch out notes that blend into dreamy moods. I found myself having a hard time though depicting the lyrics and defining what each song’s anthem might be. That aside, the words are not distasteful or odious.
The band’s sound is similar to label mates Underoath or Spoken, but they have an interesting twist they make all their own. I found myself listening to this album over and over again because I enjoyed the different tastes of sounds within each track, never sure what I was going to get. What you do get with Secret & Whisper is arguably the newest rising collection of Christian hard rockers and Great White Whale can only be the beginning for this young group.
Cory Clubb is author of the novel Saved by Grace and currently working on his first thriller. He holds a degree in Graphic Design and is always seeking to advance his talent as a writer. He is an avid reader, movie buff, and music enthusiast, tools he uses to infuse his imagination. He lives in central Illinois with his wife and three sons. You can find out more about his projects at his blog.