Captive Audience

We seem to be heading into a new era of progressive metal. No longer does the tag exclusively mean bands on the coattails of Dream Theater or Fates Warning. Prog-metal over the last few years has gotten more, well, progressive. Seemingly no longer satisfied with simply blending Iron Maiden and Rush, this new generation of prog-metal bands bring in other elements to help push the genre forward… as anything considered progressive should do.

Glasgow, Scotland’s Secondskin arrives doing just that. Taking elements of Jesu/Red Sparowes-like post-rock, the melodic side (and thankfully very, very little screaming) of post-hardcore like Saosin, and the darker, technical shades of bands like Pain Of Salvation and Tool and blend it into a marvelous concoction. The result of its endeavors, Captive Audience, is a masterpiece of modern prog-metal. The somber “Capable Of Anything”, the moody intensity of “Pawned Life”, the passionate strains of the title track, all come with precision and beauty never sacrificing melody for technicality, but marrying the two.

The elevated musicianship is here, yet without the needless noodling of other bands of their ilk. The music here is carrying darker, sadder melodies and understated vocals…vocals that don’t rely on long, soaring notes and vibrato but much more on melody and mood-creation.The guys in Secondskin are not going out of their way to show you how good they are, but you notice anyway. This is definitely a record that fans of darker progressive music should check out.

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Written by Shawn Pelata
April 2nd, 2010


  1. Commented by: bast

    Reminds me of Isis. Thanx for the recommendation!

  2. Commented by: Shawn Pelata

    No sweat! It’s a good record…

  3. Commented by: vortex

    When you made the Jesu reference, I didn’t expect it to be as “heavy” as it sounds. The music is awesome but I’m not sure I’m a big fan of the vocals unless they grow on me later.

  4. Commented by: elguerosinfe

    Yeah – vocals a bit cringe-worthy at times.

  5. Commented by: Apollyon

    Been listening to this quite a bit the past few days. Aside from the vocals, it truly is an excellent album. Might even creep to the Top 10.

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