Aaron Meltzer, Formerly of Secrets, Has Died 

Aaron Meltzer, the one-time frontman, and vocalist of San Diego post-Hardcore band Secrets has died. No cause of death has been revealed. The news was broken on Secrets Facebook page via a post. While Aaron had been out of the band several years, he was on their most successful releases on Rise Records, including 2013’s Fragile Figures. On the strength of that album, the band toured the US with major bands, including Warped Tour 2014. We will keep track of this story as it develops. Rest in Power, Aaron. 

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Secrets – Renditions EP

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Bands all across the metal and rock spectrum seem to be releasing a lot acoustic EPs recently, with bands such as Issues, Hands Like Houses and PVRIS trying to gain more fans by releasing stripped-back versions of their songs. California-based quartet Secrets are the latest post-hardcore band to try this tactic, but it is safe to say that they have made it work well. The acoustic and relaxed attitude of Renditions (Velocity/Rise) is the perfect summer playlist and works well for when you are not in the mood to hear screaming vocals, but still love alternative music.

Opening track ‘Forever and Never’ instantly sets the tone for the EP; slow-paced riffs and melodic vocals. Aaron Melzer and Richard Rogers are definitely using Renditions to their full advantage, demonstrating their unique vocal ranges and beautiful harmonies.

‘Dance of the Dead’ is full of well-written vocals and melodic harmonies. Although acoustic songs often sound simple, it is easy to hear exactly how much work has gone into this EP. The chorus is extremely catchy and it is definitely a stand-out song.

Third track ‘Fragile Figures’ proves that acoustic songs do not have to be boring; every song on this EP has its own unique style and sound completely different to the originals. It’s unusual to hear this song without its infamous harsh vocals and breakdowns; however, it proves that Secrets are multi-talented and able to appeal to a wide variety of music fans.

Final song ‘What’s Left of Us’ is one of the slowest songs on the EP, but it provides a fitting end to a beautiful record. The vocals are powerful and soulful, allowing you to completely absorb the lyrics and theme of the song. The almost orchestral sound is impressive and proves that Secrets are not just a one-trick pony; their music is universal and they are talented musicians.

 

9.0/10

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JULIA CONOPO

The Devil Wears Prada Returns To Rise Records, On Zombie 5 Tour Now

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The Devil Wears Prada is returning to Rise Records and their next album, a conceptual EP titled Space will be out Summer 2015. The band is currently on the Zombie 5 Tour Presented by Rockstar Energy Drink, with dates posted below.

Mar 24: Hard Rock Live – Las Vegas, NV (with Born of Osiris, The Word Alive & SECRETS)
Mar 25: Nile Theater – Phoenix, AZ (with Born of Osiris, The Word Alive & SECRETS)
Mar 27: The Door – Dallas, TX (with Born of Osiris, The Word Alive & SECRETS)
Mar 28: The Aztec Theatre – San Antonio, TX (with Born of Osiris, The Word Alive & SECRETS )
Mar 29: Warehouse Live – Houston, TX (with Born of Osiris, The Word Alive & SECRETS )
Mar 31: State Theatre – St. Petersburg, FL (with Born of Osiris, The Word Alive & SECRETS)
Apr 01: Revolution – Fort Lauderdale, FL (with Born of Osiris, The Word Alive & SECRETS)
Apr 03: The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA (with Born of Osiris, The Word Alive & SECRETS)
Apr 04: Lincoln Theater – Raleigh, NC (with Born of Osiris, The Word Alive & SECRETS)
Apr 06: Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD (with Born of Osiris, The Word Alive & SECRETS)
Apr 07: Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA (with Born of Osiris, The Word Alive & SECRETS)
Apr 08: Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ (with Born of Osiris, The Word Alive & SECRETS)
Apr 09: Irving Plaza – New York, NY (with Born of Osiris, The Word Alive & SECRETS)
Apr 10: The Palladium – Worcester, MA (with Born of Osiris, The Word Alive & SECRETS)
Apr 11: Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC (with Born of Osiris, The Word Alive & SECRETS)
Apr 13: Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ON (with Born of Osiris, The Word Alive & SECRETS)
Apr 14: Anthology – Rochester, NY (with Born of Osiris, The Word Alive & SECRETS)
Apr 15: Mr. Small’s – Pittsburgh, PA (with Born of Osiris, The Word Alive & SECRETS)
Apr 16: House of Blues – Chicago, IL (with Born of Osiris, The Word Alive & SECRETS
Apr 25: Welcome to Rockville – Jacksonville, FL
Apr 27: The Cone Denim Entertainment Center – Greensboro, NC (with with SECRETS & Sleepwave)
Apr 29: Broadberry – Richmond, VA (with with SECRETS & Sleepwave)
Apr 30: Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA (with with SECRETS & Sleepwave)
May 01: The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY (with with SECRETS & Sleepwave)
May 02: Webster Theater – Hartford, CT (with with SECRETS & Sleepwave)
May 03: Waiting Room – Buffalo, NY (with with SECRETS & Sleepwave)
May 05: The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI (with with SECRETS & Sleepwave)
May 06: Fubar – St. Louis, MO (with with SECRETS & Sleepwave)
May 08: Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN (with with SECRETS & Sleepwave)
May 09: Bourbon Theatre – Lincoln, NE (with with SECRETS & Sleepwave)
May 10: Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO (with with SECRETS & Sleepwave)
May 12: The Granada Theatre – Lawrence, KS (with with SECRETS & Sleepwave)
May 13: Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA (with with SECRETS & Sleepwave)
May 14: The Castle Theatre – Bloomington, IL (with with SECRETS & Sleepwave)
May 16: Rock on the Range – Columbus, OH (with with SECRETS & Sleepwave)

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The Devil Wears Prada, Born Of Osiris, The Word Alive and Secrets Confirm North American Tour

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The Devil Wears Prada is headlining a spring tour of North America with Born Of Osiris, The Word Alive and Secrets taking part on the “Zombie 5 Tour.” TDWP will be performing their Zombie EP in its entirety each night.

Prior to the tour, The Devil Wears Prada will be headlining The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on January 19, 2015 for the Ernie Ball BOTB finals.

Jan 19: The Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
Mar 15: Rocketown – Nashville, TN
Mar 17: Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
Mar 18: Murray Theater – Salt Lake City, UT
Mar 20: El Corazon – Seattle, WA
Mar 21: Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
Mar 22: Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
Mar 24: Hard Rock Live – Las Vegas, NV
Mar 25: Nile Theater – Phoenix, AZ
Mar 27: The Door – Dallas, TX
Mar 28: The Aztec Theatre – San Antonio, TX
Mar 29: Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
Mar 31: State Theatre – St. Petersburg, FL
Apr 01: Revolution Live – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Apr 03: The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Apr 04: Lincoln Theater – Raleigh, NC
Apr 06: Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
Apr 07: Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
Apr 08: Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
Apr 09: Irving Plaza – New York, NY
Apr 10: The Palladium – Worcester, MA
Apr 11: Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC
Apr 13: Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ON
Apr 14: Anthology – Rochester, NY
Apr 15: Mr. Smalls – Pittsburgh, PA
Apr 16: House of Blues – Chicago, IL

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2014 Rise Records Tour With Dance Gavin Dance, Secrets Announce Dates

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The 2014 Rise Records Tour, featuring Dance Gavin Dance, Secrets, Alive Like Me and Defeat the Low, has released dates for its tour.

Nov 14: Branx – Portland, OR
Nov 16: Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
Nov 18: In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
Nov 19: The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
Nov 20: Aftershock – Merriam, KS
Nov 21: Fubar – St Louis, MO
Nov 22: Mojoes – Joliet, IL
Nov 23: Emerson Theatre – Indianapolis, IN
Nov 24: Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA
Nov 26: The Vanguard – Tulsa, OK
Nov 27: The Door – Dallas, TX
Nov 28: Walters – Houston, TX
Nov 29: Red 7 – Austin, TX
Nov 30: Lowbrow Palace – El Paso, TX
Dec 01: Joes Grotto – Phoenix, AZ
Dec 02: The Roxy Theatre – West Hollywood, CA
Dec 03: Soma Sidestage – San Diego, CA
Dec 04: The Glass House – Pomona, CA
Dec 05: Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
Dec 06: Strummer’s – Fresno, CA
Dec 07: The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA

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