WRETCH - WARRIORS
(Pure Steel Records)
Review by Officer Nice
I have some stuff of these guys in my collection. As a big fan of US Metal, Wretch maintained my attention in the era of their very first album and the result was that I bought this very first CD to keep it for a while in my CD-player. The band worked further to release in 2007 their second effort “Make This Garden Burn” which was some kind of special edition because of their appearance at the Headbangers Open Air festival. Wretch lost me at that point to make me miss their “Rise To Power” effort.
But the band is back and their front cover is a first good reason to me to get this one out of the package I received. For some reasons I really adore this kind of covers with a black-white picture. Wretch’s new album “Warriors” starts good and ends well. The band stands for pure, true Heavy Metal… the only way to describe their way of Metal. The roots of Wretch must be found in the Eighties when bands like Maiden, Priest, Saxon and many more constructed the base of the entire Heavy Metal movement. All ingredients of the old school Heavy Metal culture are present and Wretch won’t be able to surprise you with anything new.
Their line-up contains some good musicians and singer Ron Emig fits the band with his quite raw sounding vocals. I hear good leads, decent played drum parts and arrangements that are very enjoyable. Most songs are having the same mid tempo but could use, in my opinion, some more power. Wretch is a band that will remind you to bands like Omen, Rival, a bit of Metal Church here and a bit of Jacobs Dream there… although Wretch isn’t able to compete with this kind of bands. But you don’t have to take a step back because of these words, Wretch really deserves a fair chance !
By mentioning the name of the HOA Festival it must be pretty clear for which kind of fans this music is meant to be. As said before, Wretch is that type of band that will please fans of pure Heavy Metal but to become bigger, a little more is needed. Their way of US Metal is pure and true as can be, that’s a fact! Check them out at http://www.facebook.com/wretchmetal or http://www.wretchmetal.com.
My Points: 79 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish