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Secret South
Pieces of Faith
December 2001
Released: 2001, Independent
Rating: 3.2/5
Reviewer: Rick

I have heard of many different bands from many different places but this is the first time that I have heard of a band from Bosnia and Herzogovina. The band was formed in 1996 by brothers Gordan and Ivan Stojiææ and Gojko Bonjak. This is an area of the world where it can’t be very easy to start a band. In 1992, the Stojiææ brothers had to leave Mostar because of war happenings and end up in Ljubuki as refugees. Even though their brand of music was not accepted they stuck to their guns and returned to Mostar in 2000 where their music was met with enthusiastic crowds. But on returning to Mostar they lost drummer Bonjak. They soon added Saa Vukosav: drums and Jure Jurkoviae on lead vocals.

Pieces of Faith is an EP which has 4 songs which were composed by Gordan. "Tear The Shroud Down" starts off very serene and melodic but quickly kicks into high gear pretty quickly. The music of Secret South is hard to pin down right away but it is a hybrid of hardcore with some thrash overtones along with some melodic passages. At times the band even introduces, what is almost chanting. Very interesting. "Alone" continues with the background chants and is my favourite and probably the best song on the CD. The CD closes with the title track. The EP closes out with the title track. This song has an early Machinehead feel to it. Very good song.

Bosnia is not the first place that comes to mind when thinking of the hotbeds of metal. Well It seems that Secret South wants to change that. Its hard to get a Cd produced at the best of times but when you are in the middle of a war it must be nearly impossible to work on your music. Secret South have succeeded in creating a disc that showcases their talents while at the same time gives a hint of what they might be capable of in the future.
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