Held In Secret are five hardworking individuals who spend every day creating the heaviest and djentiest listening experience known to the Ottawa metal scene. On May 29th, 2020, they will release their sophomore effort “Nomads” with the single ‘Static’ available in advance via its exclusive premiere on TheCirclePit YouTube channel HERE.
The single ‘Static’ was written about a friend lost to drug abuse. Vocalist Matt Zephyr explains the track: “‘Static’ is an answer to a call for help, the opioid crisis is facing a record-breaking number of deaths caused by Fentanyl, subtly incorporated in Cocaine and MDMA. This crisis took a friend of mine, Tyler Hay of the Ottawa band Southpaw (now called Glaive). Someone who meant a lot to my small hometown and this song tells the story of how we all should’ve listened better; many people shy away from asking for help. Self-destructive behaviour is a call for help. And we all should listen better. For the greater good of the world.”
“Nomads” is, according to the band, an improvement from their debut EP. “Nomads” is a concept release with highly relatable subjects, set to clean and heavy metalcore. Moving away from “repetitive early 2010’s metalcore”, Held In Secret diverges into a more accessible sound, interesting to a broader public, incorporating choirs and piano, all while retaining all of the heaviness of the first EP. It also features guest vocals from Garrett Russell of Silent Planet on the title track.
1. Ties (4:31)
2. Nomads (feat. Garrett Russell) (3:31)
3. Downcast (3:55)
4. Gaia (3:31)
5. Static (3:44)
David Lamothe (Lead Guitar), Matt Zephyr (Vocals), Tommy Lemieux (Drums), Joey Sollazzo (Rhythm Guitar), William Gunn (Bass)
Photo Credits: Roxanne Morin of Hexagon Productions