Chris "Mordrid" Hathcock got his start by honing his musical talents in metal bands such as Wehrwolfe. The Reticent was originally conceived and continues as a one man project. Inspired by such unique acoustic acts as Terry Reid and Steve Von Till as well as more popular groups such as Opeth, The Reticent attempts the age old art of personal expression through its strangely hypnotic music.
2006 saw the release of the Reticent's debut effort Hymns for the Dejected, called a “passionate, heart-wrenching release” that very quickly cemented the band's sound and reputation for powerful music. The effort was painstakingly self-released and promoted, quickly garnering The Reticent a following of dedicated fans with a fervor for Hathcock's emotionally driven songs and stellar musicianship and spans listeners of all genres stemming from the inability of fans and critics alike to pigeonhole the band's sound.
Over the next two years, Hathcock laid the foundation for his sophomore effort, writing and arranging new songs. This period saw the Reticent's music taken into more progressive territory. In the spring of 2008, The Reticent entered Osceola Studios in Raleigh, NC to begin recording what would become “Amor Mortem Mei Erit”. Released later that summer on Heaven & Hell Records, the album met with strong reviews from indie 'zines such as Hard Rock Haven and Sea of Tranquility.
After a brief mini-tour, Hathcock went on a long hiatus from performing all together. And it was after a long period of deliberation that he began writing again, only this time the direction would be new. In the summer of 2010, he returned again to Osceola Studios to record the upcoming follow up to "Amor Mortem" titled "Le Temps Detruit Tout” – Due out late 2011!
The Reticent's live line-up includes: Rob Van Ham - Guitar, Cliff Stankiewicz - Bass, Tre Norris - Drums, and Chris Hathcock - Guitar/Vocals.