The Secret Cave is the solo project for Jesse Brookshire. He has a successful career as a chef but also has been playing music since he was eleven. Into the Unknown... is his recent album which explores different genres like ambient, electronic and alternative.
Perhaps the most unique thing about the music is the vocals. His delivery is hyperbolic and thematic. It reminded me of Marilyn Manson at times but he changes quite often. He can go from sounding like a demon to more traditional singing.
The production is about average for a DIY album. There were some things in the mix that could have been improved like the clarity and low-end. He may want to consider working with a mastering engineer to help refine his mixes and take them to the next level.
He opens with “The Descent…” which sounded like a science-fiction movie sample that was layered with dramatic piano and other elements. Heavy guitars and drum beats come in with a comically scary demon-like growl. The song doesn't have much of a hook and felt more like a thematic recreation of evil worlds, crystal labyrinths and fantasy-themed darkness.
“Flammable Love” was more song-based than the opener. That being said there is still no lack of dramatic vocals that range in inflection. “Smoking With Reflections” is one of the catchier songs on the album while “Ghost Serpents” contains a unique array of slithering sounds.
“Horror House” is an instrumental collage that puts together different vocal snippets with heavy guitars. “Consumed By the Empyrean” is arguably the most intense song on the album. The one song that felt almost random was “Farewell My Friend.” It’s an experimental, ambient song that just had a very different pallete of sounds.
Into the Unknown... isn't exactly easy listening. The over the top (sometimes boarding on humorous) theatrics will resonate with fans of bands like Gwar, Marilyn Manson and other like-minded groups. I have to admit that I think this type of music would reach its potential with more members. A live drummer should be a consideration for Brookshire.
Into the Unknown... is for a niche audience; there is no arguing that. Take a listen and I’m pretty sure you will know in no time if this is your cup of tea.
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