The Reticent's Next Concept Album "The Oubliette" Is A Tale of Man's Battle With Alzheimer's Disease

NC's The Reticent return in 2020 with a new album entitled "The Oubliette" set for release on Heaven & Hell Records on September 18th. The full length is produced again by Jamie King (BTBAM, The Contortionist, Scale The Summit) 

In "The Oubliette", The Reticent shares another stirring autobiographical tale, this time about the tragedy of Alzheimer's disease. The album follows the journey of an old man named Henry, which is based upon a relative of songwriter Chris Hathcock who's real name was Cyrus. The name Henry was chosen as a somewhat more universal name, but also because Henry was one of the Alzheimer’s patients featured prominently in the documentary “Alive Inside". The concept of the album is to demonstrate Henry's descent through the seven stages of Alzheimer’s.  He doesn’t know where he is or why he’s there.  He doesn’t remember his wife is dead.  He doesn’t recognize his son.  Step by step the disease takes his memories, his ability to speak, his ability to walk, his ability to breathe.  The music of “The Oubliette” traverses styles as divergent as jazz and black metal all within the framework of emotionally driven progressive metal.  With each track sonically independent from its predecessor, the album moves the listener from experience to experience, vague memories to dreams and nightmares all toward its heartbreaking finale. Fans and critics alike will be very eager to sink their teeth into another intense emotional outpouring of progressive metal. 

Hathcock explains:
"The song starts with Henry hearing the orderly instructs him to return to his room as marching drums cadence him to get moving  Now convinced that he is being wrongly imprisoned and believing his wife is being kept from him, Henry begins to oscillate between anger and despair made all the worse by the fact that he still doesn’t understand what’s happening to him. Decidedly aggressive death metal spearheads the track before Henry’s anger falls into a defeated frustration represented by the pensive midsection."

"The Oubliette" is due out via Heaven & Hell Records on September 25, 2020.

For fans of Opeth, Porcupine Tree, Katatonia, The Contortionist, King Crimson

Watch and listen to the video for "The Captive" here: 

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Album Band Line Up:
Chris Hathcock - Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Drums, Vocals, Additional Percussion
James Nelson - Lead Guitars

Live Band Line Up:
Chris Hathcock - Vocals, Guitar
James Nelson - Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
Cliff Stankiewicz - Bass
Mitch Moore - Drums

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