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

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

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