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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 + Gregaldur + Hassan K. at L'Aéronef, Lille on 27 Apr 2014 - CANCELLED
  • Secret Chiefs 3 - two night residency on 28 Apr 2014 - CANCELLED
  • Secret Chiefs 3 + Gregaldur at 1000fryd, Aalborg on 8 May 2014
  • Secret Chiefs 3 + Gregaldur at Kuudes Linja, Helsinki on 15 May 2014 - CANCELLED
  • Secret Chiefs 3 + FAT32 + Charlie O at Centre FGO BARBARA, PARIS 18 on 10 Jun 2014 - CANCELLED
  • Secret Chiefs 3 + FAT32 + Charlie O at Centre FGO BARBARA, PARIS 18 on 11 Jun 2014 - CANCELLED
  • Secret Chiefs 3 at Kuudes Linja, Helsinki on 2 Sep 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
4.38 | 42 ratings
Book M
2001
4.29 | 60 ratings
Book of Horizons
2004
4.00 | 16 ratings
Book of Angels, Vol 9: Xaphan
2008
3.77 | 11 ratings
Le Mani Destre Recise Degli Ultimi Uomini
2009
4.33 | 3 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
4.29 | 60 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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4.29 | 60 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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 Book of Horizons by SECRET CHIEFS 3 album cover Studio Album, 2004
4.29 | 60 ratings

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Book of Horizons
Secret Chiefs 3 RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Sheavy
Collaborator Progressive Electronic Team

5 stars This album is AMAZING! I have a hard time wrapping my head around how SC3 manage too cram so many diverse musical genre mish mashes together, and still sound cohesive. And then manage throughout this genre craziness, maintain Indian flavor to all of those genres.

Now, lets see, theres grandoise orchestral pieces, which turn into something that sounds like it came from a wild wild west movie where theres about to be a quickdraw, then theres death metal and grindcore parts, indian tinged surf songs, with orchestral backings, one part where it sounds like it came from the sixth Star Wars movie, during the Endor scenes, parts where your walking through a haunted house or watcing someone get abducted by a UFO, Indian belly dancing music, Black Sabbath style riffing moments, hard rock with electric sitars, and on and on. It's really quite impossible to describe this insane grab bag of musical styles, which are always pulled off with a flair that other genre mashing bands can't seem to pull off.

SC3 really know how to put on a good show, with high quality muscianship, and amazing understanding of musical styles. An album that should be in every Prog fans collection.

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 Le Mani Destre Recise Degli Ultimi Uomini by SECRET CHIEFS 3 album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.77 | 11 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
4.00 | 16 ratings

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Book of Angels, Vol 9: Xaphan
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
4.29 | 60 ratings

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Book of Horizons
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
4.29 | 60 ratings

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Secret Chiefs 3 RIO/Avant-Prog

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
4.38 | 42 ratings

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Secret Chiefs 3 RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

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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Second Grand Constitution and Bylaws: Hurqalya
Secret Chiefs 3 RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

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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First Grand Constitution and Bylaws
Secret Chiefs 3 RIO/Avant-Prog

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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