Lux Tenebris is the first new material in six years from Italian group, The Secret, delivering the most oppressive, blackened scourge from the band yet. The three-song EP is out this week via Southern Lord, as part of the label’s special twentieth anniversary subscription series, with a small portion of the pressing to be available via label direct mailorder. The 12” vinyl pressing bears the three tracks on the A-side, with a silkscreened B-side; the EP will also be released on all digital platforms. Find preorders at the label webstore, European store and Bandcamp.
The twenty-minute Lux Tenebris EP sees The Secret abandoning the minimalistic approach of the previous two albums, the band expanding its sound by adding more layered and textural guitar work to the primordial destructive aggression that distinguished the Solve Et Coagula and Agnus Dei LPs. While still physical and confrontational, these songs show no concern for mortality and forget time and deterioration, creating new room for resonation and atmosphere. Lux Tenebris is an ode to the eternal night suspended beyond life and death. The signature sound of the band is pushed to its extreme by further developing the black metal and doom influences reminiscent of Southern Lord mid-2000s catalog, showcasing The Secret as one of Italy’s undeniably darkest bands. Lux Tenebris was recorded by Steve Scanu and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege and completed with a cover illustration and layout by View From The Coffin.