Well known American DIY zine Razorcake published a review of our latest album on their website:
SECULAR PLAGUE: Death for Sale: CD
Belgium’s answer to Rudimentary Peni. The singer doesn’t bother trying to emulate Blinko’s screech/howl, but a Death Church-era Peni influence is all over this release, from song structures, to the production values, to the guitar tone, to the three-piece lineup. They’re damned good at it, and Peni’s a great band from which to draw influence, but I’d be interested to hear where they go from here—will they end up essentially an enamored tribute band merely content with imitating their heroes or will they grab that influence and twist it into wild, singular directions? Here’ to rootin’ for the latter. –Jimmy Alvarado
Read the original review here.
Legendary British reviewer/novelist Mick Mercer recently reviewed our latest album. Here is his review:
With the wonderful eponymous debut album I suggested the one man punk approach of Saphire (vocals/bass) would be even harder hitting with a real band and he’s found like-minded individuals, in guitarist Randy and drummer Dick. (Randy Dick Saphire may actually be their pornstar name.)
‘Death for Sale’ fizzes and bucks furiously and is over alarmingly quickly, the forensically truncated ‘Vicious Cycle’ stamping out its intention, with brisk sticks flying and a cool bass beneath taut, bristling guitar, vocals calm and flowing.
‘Scapegoat’ gets a leerier punk style, with added catchy bounce, and gorgeous guitar. ‘Latter Days’ seems to ease out over constant drum activity, lunging skilfully, while ‘Mob Justice’ is another jostling entity, brief and bustling, as though we’re being delivered intriguing snapshots. ‘Abolish Bullfighting’ doesn’t seethe so much as sprint with agile invective. The chunkily hypnotic ‘Sheeple Life’ is a stark, repetitive thing.
‘Angry and Frustrated’ churns well, hot tendrils flailing and ‘Consumerist Alienation’ sounds like an old school rant, mercifully brief. The dour, determined ‘Outcast’ gnashes furiously but ‘Age of Kali’ brings in some added depth and studied drama, the guitar veering off and away from descending vocals,
So there we have it, another good album and, I am sure, as exciting in its punk identity and purpose to the newest generation of punks as the Anarcho bands were way back when. Ironically, it isn’t actually as strong as the first album but I’m sure they’ll reach their true dynamic next time round.
Read the original review here.
Thanks to anyone who attended our first gig ever in Paris on May 11, 2013. We had a blast and hope you as well!
“Death For Sale” has been reviewed by Chris from PoDunk Radio.
Secular Plague is a French hardcore/death rock band from Paris, France but now calling Belgium home.
Secular Plague began in 2012 as a one man venture created by Saphire, former bassist for the Parisian death rock band Sleeping Children (2003-2005). Saphire wrote and performed all the instruments on Secular Plague’s first album a self titled 12 track released on CD format through Fleman Records and digitally via Zorch Factory Records that was very well received and quickly sold over 500 copies. Saphire enlisted the help of Randy on guitar and Dick on drums and they quickly set about recording this new album titled Death For Sale. The first track, the title track, shows us this band has heavy influences from punk and hardcore greats such as T.S.O.L, Rudimentary Peni, Circle Jerks, as well as D.I. Randy’s fast, fuzzy guitars follow Saph’s commanding bass and Dick’s drumming pulls it all together into a tidy package that I enjoy listening to.
Death For Sale explores topics such as freedom, social norms, consumption, and animal rights and does so in a fast paced aggressive manner; these songs don’t sit idly in the background of your day to day routine, they demand your respect and they very damn well earn it in short time.
All in all this is a pretty damn good album, the vocals darkly echo over the guitars (i fucking love the guitars here), bass and drums. I’d like to catch these kids live but not sure if they have plans on an American tour any time soon. They are however about debut on stage during the Unpleasant Meeting Festival which will take place in Paris (France) on May 11, 2013.
They will be sharing the stage with LOTS of great anarcho, punk and batcave bands.
Read the original review here: http://www.podunkradio.com/2013/05/secular-plague-death-for-sale-flehmen.html.
Issue #3 of the British fanzine The Screever features a cool interview with Saph. Click the image below to view full size.
The Screever issue #3 is available for only £1: http://www.facebook.com/thescreeverzine?fref=ts
We are super exited to announce our first ever live appearance during the Unpleasant Meeting Festival which will take place in Paris (France) on May 11, 2013.
We’ll share the stage with LOTS of great anarcho, punk and batcave bands. See you there!
Tickets/More info: http://www.facebook.com/events/493773327352665/