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SECRET CHIEFS 3 is an Avant-Garde band led by Trey Spruance. Their style is influenced by oriental folklore and electronic music, fused with metal. Trey Spruance was also a member of MR. BUNGLE, and their songs Ars Moriendi and Desert Search for Techno Allah are a good example of the SECRET CHIEFS 3 style. Danny Heifetz also is a permanent member of both SECRET CHIEFS 3 and MR. BUNGLE.



Why this artist must be listed in www.progarchives.com :
They are a very unique band, really unpredictable and incorporating many different styles. They are using a variety of traditional oriental instruments, juxtaposed with really modern electronic DJing. Add to that the metal influences, and the really innovative songwriting.



Discography:
First Grand Constitution and Bylaws (1996)
Second Grand Constitution and Bylaws: Hurqalya (1998)
Eyes of Flesh, Eyes of Flame (1998)
Book M (2001)
Book of Horizons (2004)

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  • Secret Chiefs 3 at China-Town-Cafe, Moscow on 31 Aug 2014
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  • Secret Chiefs 3 at Kuudes Linja, Helsinki on 2 Sep 2014
  • Secret Chiefs 3 at Barby, Tel Aviv on 6 Sep 2014
  • Secret Chiefs 3 at Petit Bain, Paris on 7 Sep 2014
  • Secret Chiefs 3 at Petit Bain, Paris on 8 Sep 2014
  • Secret Chiefs 3 at Corsica Studios, London on 9 Sep 2014
  • Secret Chiefs 3 at Corsica Studios, London on 10 Sep 2014
  • Secret Chiefs 3 at Corsica Studios, London on 11 Sep 2014
  • Secret Chiefs 3 at Sait's The Gateway, Calgary on 2 Oct 2014
  • Secret Chiefs 3 at The Starlite Room, Edmonton on 3 Oct 2014
  • Secret Chiefs 3 at Vangelis Tavern, Saskatoon on 4 Oct 2014
  • Secret Chiefs 3 at West End Cultural Centre, Winnipeg on 5 Oct 2014
  • Secret Chiefs 3 at Turf Club, Saint Paul on 7 Oct 2014
  • Secret Chiefs 3 at The Cactus Club, Milwaukee on 8 Oct 2014
  • Secret Chiefs 3 at Double Door, Chicago on 9 Oct 2014
  • Secret Chiefs 3 at Lee's Palace, Toronto on 11 Oct 2014
  • Secret Chiefs 3 at la vitrola, Montréal on 14 Oct 2014
  • Secret Chiefs 3 + Cleric at la vitrola, Montréal on 15 Oct 2014
  • Secret Chiefs 3 at Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield on 16 Oct 2014
  • Secret Chiefs 3 at Café Culturel de la Chasse-Galerie, Lavaltrie on 17 Oct 2014
  • Secret Chiefs 3 at Le Cercle, Québec on 18 Oct 2014
  • Secret Chiefs 3 at Brighton Music Hall, Boston, MA on 19 Oct 2014
  • Secret Chiefs 3 at (le) poisson rouge, New York on 21 Oct 2014
  • Secret Chiefs 3 at Saint Vitus Bar, Brooklyn on 22 Oct 2014
  • Secret Chiefs 3 at Boot & Saddle, Philadelphia on 23 Oct 2014
  • Secret Chiefs 3 at Gallery 5, Richmond on 24 Oct 2014
  • Secret Chiefs 3 at The Earl, Atlanta on 26 Oct 2014
  • Secret Chiefs 3 at Rubber Gloves, Denton on 29 Oct 2014
  • Secret Chiefs 3 at Larimer Lounge, Denver on 31 Oct 2014

SECRET CHIEFS 3 discography


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3.86 | 16 ratings
First Grand Constitution and Bylaws
1996
3.92 | 17 ratings
Second Grand Constitution and Bylaws: Hurqalya
1998
4.20 | 50 ratings
Book M
2001
4.08 | 70 ratings
Book of Horizons
2004
4.11 | 16 ratings
Book of Angels, Vol 9: Xaphan
2008
3.74 | 12 ratings
Le Mani Destre Recise Degli Ultimi Uomini
2009
4.00 | 5 ratings
Book of Souls: Folio A
2013

SECRET CHIEFS 3 Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 8 ratings
Eyes of Flesh, Eyes of Flame
1998

SECRET CHIEFS 3 Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

5.00 | 1 ratings
Live at the Great American Music Hall
2007

SECRET CHIEFS 3 Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 1 ratings
Path of Most Resistance
2007
3.00 | 4 ratings
Satellite Supersonic Vol.1
2010

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SECRET CHIEFS 3 Reviews


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 Book of Horizons by SECRET CHIEFS 3 album cover Studio Album, 2004
4.08 | 70 ratings

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Book of Horizons
Secret Chiefs 3 RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by admireArt

2 stars "Your manuscript is both good and original,.... But the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good."- "attributed, not found.". And neither daring nor fun. Completely, pretentious and BORING. I suppose, that when you ask this band followers about Ennio Morricone or even better John Williams, the will laugh at you mockingly, IF, they have some idea, who these guys are... Indo-Tabla music, mish-mashed alongside some other "exotic" folkloric style with severe touches of "serious-music", like Mr. Morricone's sountracks?, without the movie, but with the same smell of "corn". Or like the one, that here in Mexico is known as the "Juan Torres organ Sound". Which was a guy overblown by the media, because here in Mexico, IN THOSE TIMES, was the only guy, who owned a Wurllitzer organ with a drum-box . That was it, his only talent. Some talent-less, overrated "artist". ...So, if you are really impressed, by these "exotic" languages, immersed in an over-abuse of the systematic RIO-cliches (abrupt change of time signatures, stridency, etc) with no kind of humor at all, (it is not a parody), well you will fall head over heels for this album....IF you, when listening, open-mindedly to music, which "plays" with your knowledge of music in general, and is performed with a pompous, unimaginative, pseudo classical music composition grandeure, so solemnly, with such self-indulgence, AND you still have time to enjoy, well this is also for you. . I mean, these guys take themselves so seriously, without real facts or proof. The only group that will serve my example is Henry Cow, the best parts of "Secret Chiefs3" owe and resemble this band. When HENRY COW, surfaced, it was and had to do with the moment in time world-wide. A natural musical process was evolving, as in the modern-classical compositions, "Cacophony" became a way to rebel against standarized Central-European impossitive canons in structure and importance. Nowadays, these"new-canons" are as impossitive as the ones they rebelled against, a fad, a passing "FAD".... Like a super-pretentious Henry Cow, and that is saying too much. **2.5 "what a disappointment" PA stars. Not essential , unless you own, 3 cds and are stranded in a non "exotic" place.

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 Book of Horizons by SECRET CHIEFS 3 album cover Studio Album, 2004
4.08 | 70 ratings

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Secret Chiefs 3 RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by zedumar

5 stars Only 44 ratings and 8 reviews???

The book of Horizons by Secret Chiefs 3 is a great example of a forgotten album in PROGARCHIVES!

I recently discovered the band, even being a Faith No More and Tomahawk fan. The band is conducted by Trey Spruance, a former Faith no More member, although Secret Chiefs 3 is a completely different band and concept.

The album is not easy listening stuff. it took me several trials to understand what is going on... sou you ask me: What is going on here? I can't say , but it is sure amazing stuff!!!

This album is the definition of AVANT-GARDE itself! Almost 10 years from the release and it still sounds as the newest music effort ever. The album is so complex, so diverse, innovative and beatiful that I can only highly reccomend to all open ears prog listeners

5 stars

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 Le Mani Destre Recise Degli Ultimi Uomini by SECRET CHIEFS 3 album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.74 | 12 ratings

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Secret Chiefs 3 RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars The special thing about this Secret Chiefs 3 album is that it isn't really a Secret Chiefs 3 album - rather, it's an album fully recorded by one of the several different "satellite" bands which together form Secret Chiefs 3. Specifically, it's the work of the Traditionalists, an outfit designed to pay tribute to the musicians providing great music for Italian horror and thriller B-movies of the 1970s - and yes, that includes a few nods to the funkier side of Goblin, but it also includes nods to Ennio Morricone and still other composers besides. Presented as the soundtrack to a film which doesn't exist, there's no vocals provided so when it comes to sussing out the plot of Le Mani... (whose title reminds me a little of an Italian take on Manos: the Hands of Fate!) we're left to consider the packaging, booklet and song titles - and, of course, the music itself, which is as perfect a tribute to the era as you are likely to find.

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 Book of Angels, Vol 9: Xaphan by SECRET CHIEFS 3 album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.11 | 16 ratings

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Secret Chiefs 3 RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars This isn't the first time Trey Spruance and John Zorn's musical trajectories have crossed - Zorn did in fact help produce the first Mr Bungle album - but this is surely their most intimate collaboration. Xaphan finds Secret Chiefs 3 turning their hands to adapting music from Zorn's Masada books of klezmer-derived compositions; this is, in fact, a conjunction of musical forces which makes perfect sense, since klezmer is one of the musical traditions Secret Chiefs 3 has dabbled with in previous albums. The band's technical abilities and diverse instrumentation ensures that the album distinctly sounds like them, whilst Zorn's compositions provide sufficiently meaty challenges for them to get their teeth into.

Because the compositions are all klezmer-based, Secret Chiefs 3 don't get to branch out into quite as many different musical styles as they do on their other albums, though I'm sure some listeners will consider this to be a good thing: what it lacks in diversity, Xaphan more than makes up for in consistency.

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 Book of Horizons by SECRET CHIEFS 3 album cover Studio Album, 2004
4.08 | 70 ratings

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Secret Chiefs 3 RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by frippism
Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl Team

5 stars Welllllllllllllll

This is, essentially, my absolute most favorite SC3 album- and that's saying something. SC3, for those who don't know, are project of weirdo/bearded Californian genius Trey Spruance. They have a bizarre combination of oriental music and instrumentation, with electronica, surf rock, death metal, and anything else really.

This album here, "Book Of Horizons", in my opinion, really has Secret Chiefs 3 taking a bit from here and a bit from there, and meshing it in ultimate way. No album, can produce beautiful, epic compositions like "The Exile", and at the same time, have two of the greatest death metal songs I have ever heard, particularly with "Hypostasis of the Archons". The band don't only display variety, but also near-perfect song-writing. Additionally, no album does ambient and thick instrumental compositions like SC3 did on this album.

So yeah. Best album of the 21st century and one of the greatest ever? Hmmm. Yeah pretty much.

This is the first album Spruance has done with the idea of the "satellite bands"- seven different bands all under one banner. All different and interesting- yet strongly unified by Spruance's unforgettable songwriting. This man is such a genius it makes me pissy. The dude just knows how to write tunes! Strange tunes, beautiful tunes, epic tunes, dissonant tunes, he can just do it, and he has the right musicians to do it. Guys like Ches Smith (drummer awesome), and Eyvind Kang (one of my favorite composers), along with a million billion absolutely brilliant musicians who pretty much play every note as right as humanly possible. I honestly wouldn't change a thing about the musicians- they just deliver the tunes the way they should be.

May I just add, again, that "Hypostasis of the Archons", is the greatest metal song I've heard in my life. Jumping over from manic guitars and screams and godly drums over and over and over. I just want to nuke Antarctica when I listen to this cutie pie.

I'm sorry, not much more to add. Listen to this album.

All hail SC3

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 Book of Horizons by SECRET CHIEFS 3 album cover Studio Album, 2004
4.08 | 70 ratings

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Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Book of Horizons is an important album in the Secret Chiefs 3 discography because it was the first one to overtly set out the idea of the "satellite bands" - the concept that Secret Chiefs 3 was actually a collective of bands who happen to all be led by Trey Spruance, and that explains the very different musical styles involved. Whether that was really the concept from the start or something Trey cooked up on the spot is another question, but either way Book of Horizons is another dazzlingly diverse album from this avant-garde powerhouse running the full range from rock reinterpretations of traditional Middle Eastern music to pounding death metal to progressive passages reminiscent of Goblin's classic horror soundtracks.

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 Book M by SECRET CHIEFS 3 album cover Studio Album, 2001
4.20 | 50 ratings

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Review by Warthur
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4 stars Whereas the previous albums by Secret Chiefs 3 - the two Grand Constitution and Bylaws albums - had roved all over the musical map, Book M seems to be a much more cohesive piece - possibly due to Mr Bungle's demise (or, at least, long-term hiatus) forcing Trey Spruance to think of the Secret Chiefs as his main project rather than a sideshow. This time around, the band focus on merging the Middle Eastern and ambient electronic dance music aspects of their sound, creating a curious blend of the very traditional and very modern.

Such a mixture of different elements of the band's music is, of course, in keeping with the alchemical themes of the album, though it would take an esotericist who had carefully studied all the books Spruance has read to figure out what he's on about here; the important thing is that this album shows an important maturation in the sound of Secret Chiefs 3 and is the best of their first three releases.

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 Second Grand Constitution and Bylaws: Hurqalya by SECRET CHIEFS 3 album cover Studio Album, 1998
3.92 | 17 ratings

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Review by Warthur
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4 stars The second album from Trey Spruance's mysterious and esoteric Secret Chiefs 3 project follows a similarly diverse trajectory as the first, taking in musical genres from classic movie soundtracks to traditional Middle Eastern music to thumping drum and bass dance music and everything in between. Although the schtick is still more or less the same as it was on First Grand Constitution and Bylaws - and, for that matter, the instrumental sections of Mr Bungle's Disco Volante - Spruance seems more than happy to keep doing what he does, and the music presented here is diverse enough that it certainly never gets boring.

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 First Grand Constitution and Bylaws by SECRET CHIEFS 3 album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.86 | 16 ratings

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Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Trey Spruance's major project within the extended Mr Bungle family of side projects features about as diverse a range of sounds as you could ever expect to find. Later in their career, Secret Chiefs 3 would put about the idea that they were actually a collection of 7 different bands which happened to have Trey in common with completely different sounds, all putting out songs on the same album.

Well, if that's true then the different bands keep treading on each other's feet this time around, because within individual compositions you can go from alt-rock reimaginings of traditional Middle Eastern music to a film soundtrack to Zappaesque tape experiments to death metal screaming without warning. Anyone who digs Mr Bungle's Disco Volante and wonders what a mostly-instrumental take on the same concept would sound like could do a lot worse than refer to the Chiefs.

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4.20 | 50 ratings

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Review by frippism
Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl Team

5 stars I think that as an Israeli progressive music fan it is my duty to be as close minded and judgmental of Middle Eastern music as possible. The Israeli Middle Eastern music scene is... SO... BAAAAAD, that nothing but only Korean pop succeed to reach it's levels of baditude.

When first listening to Secret Chiefs 3, I was then turned off from the general Middle Eastern flavor here (which is very strong), yet I was really interested in the doing of these a-people, because it was all very different than anything I've heard. And in the end Secret Chiefs 3 really just taught me what many avant and prog bands taught me: genres are tools, not mindsets. Middle Eastern music isn't automatically bad (though you could very easily think that from the kind of stuff "the man" is putting out. So bad... *tear*). With that SC3 are not a Middle Eastern band. They're just awesomeness in a can. They're sick mesh of electronica DJing, heavy metal riffs, Middle Eastern melodies, funky bass lines, surf rock, really weird time signatures, varied instruments, and long flowing hair has won me over entirely (You really think you can survive the HAIR????). They're probably along with Sleepytime Gorilla Museum the best avant-rock (well you really can't call this rock but it will have to do) to come out of the California avant-garde scene.

For those afraid of the word RIO (ahhhhhh!!! The horror) be not afraid! SC3 is not random noise (not saying really that any RIO band is, it is definitely the stereotype that has been tagged to it by many people... bastards). The melodies are ethnic and surprisingly catchy. The electronica beats are really cool. A moment it's a belly dancing party and then it's a rave and then it's a metal show and many times it's all them together. Try drinking that mix... You'll die, don't do it.

The songs are all really great. I don't really want to elongate on them too much, a bit pointless really. I'll just name a few and get on with it (these are songs you probably should check out first if you are interested in SC3): "Horsemen of the Invisible" (so awesome... so awesome), "Ship Of Fools", "Blaze Of The Grail" (funky awesome), "Zuliqar III". But really, and I mean really, all songs here deserve an honorable applause and a general praising hum ("hmmm... I say... oh ha ha how sonically pleasing").

Trey Spruance and co. deserve much respect for the excellent musicianship and really tight groove they've got going. Spruance (of Mr. Bungle fame) is a genius. He also plays a million trillion instruments on this album so yeah... damn. My bassist critique of Tim Smolens is very positive. He's groovy and provides the whole backbone of these songs. The grooves are usually very interesting and melodic. I'm not going to praise all musicians, though all very much deserve it, there's just too much of them. Buuuut, Eyving Kang on violins, adds so much to the music. The violin many time goes through so many effects and things that it really is just awesome.

I mean for a long time I have believed in modern music's ability to be even better than the golden 70s. In the end the decade doesn't really matter, but music like SC3's really goes to show that original music is alive and more than well, and we are probably in a golden age of music ourselves. SC3 just assures me that I have nothing to worry about, there are still people messed up enough to be coming up with this stuff. 4.75.

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