The Reticent are a band from North Carolina that plays a very progressive and melodic mixture of black, doom and death metal and this is a review of their 2020 album "The Oubliette" which will be released in September by Heaven And Hell Records.
Spoken word parts start off the album before adding in some clean playing which also gives the songs more of a progressive feeling. Clean vocals are also a very huge part of the recording while the heavier riffs also bring in more of a prog metal style and a great portion of the tracks are also very long and epic in length.
Blast beats can also be heard at times while the riffs also add in a great amount of melody while all of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very melodic style and keyboards are also added into some parts of the music.
Touches of jazz and psychedelic music are also added on some of the tracks along with some black metal screams also being added into certain sections of the recording. Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the slower sections of the songs also add in the heaviness of doom metal.
One track also introduces percussion onto the recording and also gives the music more of a tribal feeling. Death metal growls are also added into the more brutal sections of the tracks as well as one song also introducing saxophones onto the album and as the album progresses a brief use of operatic female vocals, orchestra and symphonic sounds can also be heard. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics are a concept album based upon a man's battle with Alzheimer's Disease.
In my opinion The Reticent are a very great sounding mixture of progressive, black, doom and melodic death metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "His Name Is Henry" "The Dream" and "Stage 7". 8 out of 10.