Art By Numbers come out of nowhere with their debut, but the most important thing to understand is that
they aren't trying to reinvent the wheel. They only aim to build off what's already been established within
progressive metal - they take chips of what they like, peel the genre down layer by layer. But where Reticence:
The Musical (silly name) ends up is strictly in mid-range terrain, for nothing memorable stands out after the
lights dim. This may be due to the singer being too standard for the quirky music his band makes, or just
from some strange songwriting choices. However, overall there are much more veritable sources of
progressive out there, and while there's certainly nothing wrong with Reticence (it has its enjoyable moments),
it's not an album this guy remembers one bit.
This is great! Been listening on the official stream and have been blown away. For a "debut" album, this is just excellent. Will be purchasing on May 29th. With time and future releases the very minor issues with some of the overuse of shred will be even more tastefully placed. But every song is unique. Regression of the Meme is great.
Why oh why aren't there more bands like this around? Oh that's right, most musicians could never pull this off. These guys have proven after only one release that they can play with the big kids on the technical/progressive playground.