Friday, June 15, 2012

CD Review: Two New Albums Shine From Hard Rock's Underground

Progressive rocker The Reticent returns with a new album entitled “Le Temps Detruit Tout.” The Reticent is the mastermind of multi-instrumentalist Chris “Mordrid” Hathcock. After his break-through 2008 album, “Amor Mortem Mei Erit” Hathcock went on a two-year hiatus from music before entering the studio late 2010 to record his follow-up. The new album was released on May 29th through Heaven & Hell Records.

Hathcock has expanded his sound, stretching out his musical pieces by incorporating heavy rock riffs like in the eight-minute “Enemy” and then switching to an acoustic guitar for the heart-wrenching “Le Tenia.” His beauty in song-writing shines on the gentle “Lie To Me” and in the pounding drums of “Patience.” The album closes with the a cappella harmonizing of “With Folded Arms” and an eerie, haunting cover of R.E.M.’s song “Losing My Religion.”

The Reticent has a CD Release scheduled for June 30th in Charlotte, NC. For more information, please visit http://www.facebook.com/thereticentmusic.

From Chicago comes the debut album from one of hard rock’s newest trios, Athel. The new album entitled “Open Your Eyes To Society” was released on May 8 and combines the edginess of hard rock drums and guitars with pop-punk vocals.

The opening song “Radio” comes blazing out of the speakers with some great guitar riffs. Athel explodes with a “call to arms” on “These Are The Times” as it becomes the stadium anthem song of the album. Their pop-punk edginess comes shining through on “Their Shoes,” then they experiment with their sound a little to bring a more-heavy rock sound on “Wake Up, Sleepyhead.” The band goes a little too much “top 40” pop on “Oceans” before closing the album with the heavy bass/drum groove of “Heavy Things.”

The band is currently on tour through the end of June. For more information on Athel (live dates, song samples) check out athelmusic.com.

1 comment:

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