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It's my personal conviction that while there's no shortage of metal outfits trying to anchor themselves in melody, there is definitely a shortage of bands that do so well. Part of the problem is that metal bands have this odd tendency to find the sweet spot between fury and tenderness for about the span of one record before they abandon metal entirety, meanwhile slam and black metal bands just churn out the evil once every two years (or every two months, depending on the band).

Oakland's Secrets of the Sky sound like one of those bands on the verge of exiting the genre on their sophomore record, Pathways, and I mean that in the best way possible. They strike me as a the doom equivalent of Alcest's Écailles_de_Lune or Solstafir on last year's Ótta, records with beauty, staying power and just enough grit to carry the day. Both of those groups are must-see live performers as well, and while I've never seen Secrets of Sky, Pathways has me excited at the possibility—much of the album was recorded in single takes, like the good ol' days.

—Joseph Schafer

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Pathways drops on May 19 via Metal Blade. Follow Secrets of the Sky on Facebook or on Twitter at @secretsofthesky. The band is currently on tour as well.

W/ Anaal Nathrakh, Incite:
5/14/2015 Club X – Salt Lake City, UT
5/15/2015 Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
5/16/2015 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
5/17/2015 Live Wire Lounge – Chicago, IL
Alone:
5/18/2015 Empire Concert Club – Akron, OH
5/19/2015 TBA – Rochester, NY
5/20/2015 Sammy’s Patio – Revere Beach, MA
5/21/2015 St. Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
5/22/2015 Championship’s – Trenton, NJ
5/23/2015 Goodfellas – McMechen, WV w/ Brimstone Coven
5/24/2015 TBA – Charlotte, NC
5/25/2015 TBA – Atlanta, GA
5/27/2015 TBA – Little Rock, AR
5/29/2015 TBA – Santa Fe, NM
5/30/2015 Tempe Tavern – Phoenix, AZ
6/06/2015 Golden Bull – Oakland, CA
w/ North:
6/12/2015 The Complex – Glendale, CA
6/13/2015 Caravan – San Jose, CA w/ Cold Blue Mountain
6/14/2015 1078 Gallery – Chico, CA w/ Cold Blue Mountain
6/15/2015 The Wandering Goat – Eugene, OR w/ Cold Blue Mountain
6/16/2015 Rotture – Portland, OR w/ Cold Blue Mountain
6/17/2015 Black Lodge – Bremerton, WA
6/18/2015 The Pin – Spokane, WA
6/19/2015 The Railyard – Billings, MT
6/20/2015 Foot Foot Fest – Fort Collins, CO w/ Reproacher
6/21/2015 7th Circle Collective – Denver, CO

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