Secret Rule
The Key to the World

1. The Key
2. The song of the Universe
3. Empty World
4. Are you gone?
5. Twin flames
6. A reverie
7. My realm
8. Lost child
9. Imaginary World
10. No more
11. Trip of destiny
12. I'm you
13. 100 Poets (Calliope)

Angela Di Vincenzo - vocals
Andy Menario - guitar
Henrik Klingenberg – Keyboards
Michele Raspanti - bass
Nicola Corrente - drums

Transposed Emotions (2015)

Machination (2016)

Henning Basse
Aylin Giménez

Mixed and mastered by Tue Madsen
Pre-production by Fabio D’amore
Simona Speedy Saccoccia - artwork

Released 2017-11-10
Reviewed 2017-10-28


pride & joy

It is album number three for the band called Secret Rule, one that holds the key to the world if we are to believe the title. It is a female fronted Italian band that offers thirteen tracks of melodic metal much in the vein of bands like Sirenia and their peers. They begun their career in 2014 and released their first album in 2015 and have released one album a year since then. And as I wrote before it is their third album and it certainly has a good-looking cover, so it sure looks the part. And for fans of the genre it is probably an album well worth checking out.

It is female fronted melodic metal with touches of the classical, with choirs and symphonic sensations. The vocalist is good and the melodies as well as choruses are easy to take to and easy to like. The thirteen tracks show decent variation over the tracks and the album doesn’t feel too long when listening to it. The tracks may show variation but they do not show much innovation as they make music that has been done by many others before them, and unfortunately for Secret Rule many albums have been better than this one. Nevertheless it is a solid production with strong melodies, production and vocals.

I think that it is a good album; the songs are rather catchy and easy to like. Fans of the genre should certainly enjoy this album and I think that most who hear it will find it rather appealing. It has good songs, albeit none that really stand out from the rest and none of them leaves any real lasting impression and neither does the album as a whole. Secret Rule makes a very solid album, there is no doubt about that but their problem is that they sound too much like so much else that has been released in this genre. There are no fresh ideas from the band here and they make a rather typical album for the genre, a genre where the albums are usually good and this album is no exception to that.

Fans of the genre will most likely find this a strong and interesting album with good songs; I know I find it to be rather good. Problem is though that many others have done similar albums and made them better than Secret Rule. It is an album that the fans of the band and the genre should check out, the more neutral observer can conclude that it is a solid album that will not really make much of an impact in the scrolls of music.





Label: Pride & Joy Music/GerMusica
Three similar bands: Sirenia/Within Temptation/Edenbridge
Rating: HHHHHHH (4/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm

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