Grammy nominated Christopher Hathcock has returned with the fourth album from THE RETICENT. Heaven & Hell Records released On The Eve Of A Goodbye on October 5. Purchase and/or streaming the album in its entirety at the following link:
The album was produced by Jamie King (BTBAM, The Wretched, Scale The Summit), and will be released on limited edition CD with complete lyrics. Check out the official video for album track "The Girl Broken" at this location, as well as "The Comprehension" video here.
This is undoubtedly the most ambitious and intense offering from THE RETICENT to date. An uncompromising autobiographical concept record, On the Eve Of A Goodbye is certain to exceed all expectations, boasting 73 minutes of stirring progressive metal that must be heard in its entirety to grasp the full magnitude.
On The Eve Of A Goodbye is an autobiographical concept album. All of the tracks serve to detail the day before, day of, and day after the suicide of THE RETICENT's mastermind Chris Hathcock's childhood friend, Eve. The songs chronicle his concern for her, her deterioration into self-hatred, and culminates with the tragic act and its aftermath. Not only a stylistic contrast to previous releases, this album is also intensely more personal than past Reticent albums (which were already emotional purges). The album is intended to be heard as a single entity rather than a collection of tracks.
"This is an album that is utterly amazing start to finish." 10/10
- My Global Mind
"A degree of musical mastery"
- Jamie King
"An album of incredibly well crafted metal and rock."
- Shutter 16
"Not only is On The Eve Of A Goodbye a tremendously good record, but it is also a record with a message." 4.5/5
- New Noise Magazine
"Hathcock has done what few seem to be able to in the metal world these days, and that's to create genuine emotion and feelings, taken from a very private and secluded spot in the mind, and to put it together into an incredible tribute to his dear friend."
- Power of Metal
"First-rate Progressive Metal, technically high-standing and delivered with a very high level of genuine emotion and passion."
- Rock Music Raider
"This record is why I listen to music."
- The Gauntlet
"In 73 minutes we are submerged into a rollercoaster of emotions. Progressive, yet very heavy and diverse as well." 85/100
- Lords of Metal
"You'll find yourself engrossed in this deeply personal and moving album." 4/5
- Heavy Music Headquarters
"The music would best be described as the most well orchestrated and emotional moments of Opeth and Tool."
- New Prog Releases
"Unlike anything The Reticent has ever recorded before, the album was simultaneously more aggressive and more anguished than anything previously released."
- Metal Musical Archives
"Musically, the album finds The Reticent exploring new terrain, especially in the vocal department where Hathcock's convincing cleans turn in some noteworthy performances."
- Dead Rhetoric
The album was recorded in order in the span of a few days in the summer of 2015 (with a touch up in November 2015). Producer/Engineer Jamie King (known for previous work with BTBAM, The Wretched, Scale The Summit, etc.) chose to allow Hathcock to do as he needed in the studio as he felt it added greatly to the emotion of the record. In fact, on the song "Funeral for a Firefly" when trying to record the lead vocal part, Hathcock made it only two lines in before sobbing hysterically as memories and the trauma he had held back for a decade came flooding to the forefront. After calming to the point that he could catch his breath, Hathcock told Jamie King that he felt unable to record the song. Jamie encouraged him to try just one more time and if it didn't work, they'd drop it. Hathcock went back into the booth and made it through the entire song with constant tears streaming down his face and his voice cracking and quivering as he went through. Jamie was so affected by the performance he said he wanted to keep the raw performance - as in no edits to the sound so every sniffle and breath could be heard putting the listener in the booth with the despairing singer.
All music, lyrics, and narration written by Chris Hathcock
All instruments and vocals performed by Chris Hathcock
except the following:
Narration by Carl Hathcock, Juston Green, and Amanda Caines
Female vocals by Amanda Caines
French Horn by Dr. Nicholas Kenney
Trombone and Trumpet by Matthew Parunak
Tenor Saxophone by Andrew Lovett
Produced by Jamie King
Mixed, Mastered, and Engineered by Jamie King at The Basement Studios
Executive Producer: Chris Hathcock