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The Reticent - Say Just Words

By: David E. Gehlke

Blistering.com: How does Le Temps Detruit Tout stack up against Amor Mortem Mei Erit?

Well, I dare say you're in a better position to say than I am. I'm biased as all hell. Le Temps... was a much harder record to put together in terms of time as well as many bits of turmoil in my personal life that led to several delays. Amor Mortem... represented a difficult time for me personally. Their just very different and it is impossible for me to divorce myself from my state of mind when I recorded them. Le Temps is more diverse than Amor and I felt more comfortable exploring a bit more. I'm never all that satisfied and constantly think "Oh, I should have done this here or added this or that should have been this tempo instead, etc.". So I don't know if it is for me to say that one is better than the other (or for that matter that either is any good) but one is slightly more complex where the other is slightly more simple.

Blistering.com: The album title when translated into “Time Destroys Everything” definitely has a pessimistic view. How does it translate into your overall lyrical scope?

To me, the title represents a philosophical idea that is neither optimistic or pessimistic. Time does destroy everything. The joy you felt on the happiest day of your life will fade eventually. Yet, the pain you felt on the worst day of your life will also fade. Your greatest achievements and cruelest mistakes all are victims of times incessant flow. As are we as mortal beings, as is our planet. I certainly understand particularly given my previous works why it would seem most nihilistic to title the album as such but honestly I thought of it in a more transcendental way. All things are impermanent.

Blistering.com: Your clean vocals are quite well-developed and emotive, especially on “Lie to Me.” Do you think you’re still a work in progress when singing clean?

I thank you for the kind words. I am most certainly a work in progress. I have been compared to Maynard James Keenan quite a few times and I have no earthly idea why as my voice is hardly half as good as his. I practice regularly and try to focus on the quality of my tone (as my years of screaming and growling in death/black metal bands has limited my range somewhat) and hopefully there is some progress to be heard between my albums. My engineer said when we were recording this last record that he felt I was finally finding my voice. So I don't know that I'll sound any better on future recordings but the styles that I'm branching out to are giving me the chance to do some different things with it and my comfort level in my own skin so to speak has increased as a result.

Blistering.com: There’s two sides of your sound – the riff-based/Scandinavia side, and the more restrained acoustic side. Which do you prefer and ultimately, what do you think you do better?

Well, it is more fun to play the faster, heavier, complex stuff (of which my next record will feature a lot!) but I think I am more apt at the minimal, soulful, acoustic tracks.

Blistering.com: What prompted you to do a cover of “Losing My Religion?” Furthermore, do you think you’ll take a stab at more non-metal covers?

It just kind of struck me that I enjoyed the song and the lyrics a great deal and thought I'd like to hear it a little slower and a little darker. It isn't a happy song but a poetic and moving one and I wanted to emphasize that. When deciding to do a cover, I like it when bands or artists do two things - pick something a little unexpected and make it identifiably theirs (which may mean a simple tweak or massive changes). I can guarantee that any other covers I do in the near future in the studio will be unexpected, non-metal adaptations. I think that makes it more interesting. I may do a cover of a metal band of similar style live just as a crowd pleaser or for fun but in the studio that's the time to try something different.

Blistering.com:Do you have any plans of re-assembling a live band and performing shows?

As I alluded to earlier, I have a live band and we've played a handful of shows. We've revamped the stage show and visuals and all gotten comfortable with each other. I have Cliff on bass, Rob on guitar, and Tre on drums and they are a splendid group to work with.

Blistering.com: Finally, what’s on the agenda for the rest of 2012?

Well, the CD release party/show will be on June 30th in Charlotte, NC (our hometown) which is going to be a lot of fun. Outside of that, we'll play some shows, continue trying to grab a spot on some fests here and there, and hopefully people will hear the music and get something from it. The label and I have been bouncing the idea of doing a music video later this year but nothing's confirmed yet.

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