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The Reticent - Le Temps Detruit Tout

The Reticent
Le Temps Detruit Tout
by Lior "Steinmetal" Stein at 09 April 2012, 11:58 PM

Well the following release here before you came to me as a little shock at first. Since I have known Heaven & Hell Records, and my dear contact over there Mr. Doomicus, the major releases that came out from it were fixed on traditional Heavy Metal re-emerged from the catacombs of the 80s only to see light once again. Never has it occurred to me that the label would sign a band, or project to be more accurate, like THE RETICENT, the coming release out of this venture is not the first one under this label. However, and I was fortunate to listen to the project’s new album, “Le Temps Detruit Tout”, the end product out was pretty good and very interesting by its musical touches. Chris “Mordrid” Hathcock, the mastermind behind THE RETICENT, has been active in a few Metal bands over the years, seemed to have been influences by the powers of melancholy and progression in both Metal and Rock like TOOL, OPETH (not the extreme era), A PERFECT CIRCLE and PORCUPINE TREE among other exists. With “Le Temps Detruit Tout” you can entrust your ears and mind to the album’s main star player and that is sorrow.

The “Le Temps Detruit Tout” album has many angles and it channels a sort of openness that affects the mind for considerable thinking about one’s entity and its purpose in the world like that deep line from the song “Mutually Assured Destruction”, “Nothing Is Forever…”. From what I could conjure up from the greater songs like “Enemy”, “Lie To Me”, “Silence”, “Patience” and “With Folded Arms”, Hathcock seemed to have rallied up all that us humans lack or have too much in numbers, like enemies for instance and that fact that we lack patience, we lie to each other and as for silence, we could use that for time to time, though it’s hard for a Metalhead.

Hathcock, which sounds so much like TOOL’s abundant frontman Maynard James Keenan, manned also the other instruments throughout the album and I can’t really say nothing bad about his performance, especially in the drum section that is Hathcock’s specialty. Though I would have wanted more lead guitar sections, his work fitted well with the image he tried to present to the listener. Besides the music that turned me upside down, from the Alternative Rock / Metal, which I don’t exactly like, to semi-80s influences that included a few good harmonies and cool tempos, the themes meant a lot to my way of thinking about this album. I might also add that what Hathcock did with the cover for the late R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion” was beyond to what I expected. Similar to what he did with his own material like on “Lie to Me”and “Le Tenia”, the semi-electric and acoustic version hit hard even far more than a heavier version.

Though I am really not your average Progressive Metal / Alternative fan, I still appreciated what went on the new THE RETICENT release. I think that if given a chance, Hathcock will open up your mind regarding what need most and the fact that sorrow can be a sort of a catalyst for us to improve ourselves in order to become better. Musically, the complexity won’t kill anyone as it is really not that complex as it seems to be. There is a widespread of elements but those are enjoyable. Buy this one!

4 Star Rating

1. Nihil
2. In Pursuit of Redemption
3. Mutually Assured Destruction
4. Enemy
5. Lie to Me
6. Silence
7. Le Tenia
8. Patience
9. Nihil Ex Nihilo
10. With Folded Arms
12. Losing My Religion(R.E.M. Cover) 
Chris Hathcock– All Vocals & Instruments
Record Label: Heaven & Hell Records


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