"some music was meant to stay underground..."


Formed: 1983
From: Cleveland, OH, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Wretch News

Below is our complete Wretch news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Wretch & Split Heaven Announce European Tour

It will be heavy and wild! Finally the time has come! Pure Steel Records proudly presents the first Pure Steel Records tour ever! Two Pure Cult bands under the sign of "Puro Pinch Party Tour" - Wretch and Split Heaven will conquer Europe next March!

Mexican metal act Split Heaven should be well-known with the latest album “Death Rider” featuring Skelator vocalist Jason Conde. Wretch are a cult band in U.S. metal circles, who released an album featurning new frontman Juan Ricardo (Sunless Sky, Dark Arena, Attaxe).

Confirmed dates are as follows:

2017-03-03 Come Inn – Renchen (Germany)
2017-04-03 Full Metal Osthessen – Niederaula (Germany)
2017-07-03 Schaubude – Kiel (Germany)
2017-08-03 Slaughterhouse – Berlin (Germany)
2017-09-03 Jan Hertog – Maasmechelen (Belgium)
2017-10-03 P3 – Purmerend (Netherlands)
2017-11-03 German Swordbrothers – Lünen (Germany)
2017-12-03 tba – Marburg (Germany)
2017-14-03 Baltic Wheels – Rostock (Germany)
2017-15-03 Bambi Galore – Hamburg (Germany)
2017-16-03 MTS LP´s und CD´s – Oldenburg (Germany)
2017-17-03 De Meester – Almere (Netherlands)
2017-18-03 N201 – Aalsmer (Netherlands)
2017-19-03 Little Devil – Tilburg (Netherlands) More...

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Wretch Issues Album Update

Wretch just posted a new teaser clip online and issued this announcement about progress on a new album:

"We are about 40% complete on recording the new Wretch album. We should have all drums recorded by March 1st. Bass guitars are about half-way done, as are rhythm guitars. Recording of vocals should commence within the next week if we can keep Ron from getting a cold.

"Over the next few months we'll have additional music teasers, a sneak preview of the cover art and other updates. Bottom line - this is happening in 2016. Hard to predict at this point, but we hope to have this released prior to our European road trip in August.

"How about a taste? Although it's a rough mix, here's a bit of one of the songs that actually has all music recorded and is waiting for vocals." More...

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Wretch Announces New Album "Warriors"

Cleveland power thrashers Wretch released details on the upcoming sophomore full length album "Warriors." The album is set to drop on December 5th via Pure Steel Records.

Wretch was formed in 1983 and released a demo entitled "Rise to Power" in 1989. It took until 2006 for the debut full length "Reborn" to see release. The band's current lineup includes guitarist Michael Stephenson (joined 2011), drummer Evan Gottschalk (joined 2012) and vocalist Ron Emig (joined 2012).

The band's musical influences are in the vein of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Dio & Helloween. The music features "strong melodic elements, clean vocals and twin lead guitars for harmonies and dueling leads." The lyrical element of the songs run "along the lines of Dio and Black Sabbath, with subject matter focusing on the struggle between good and evil, fantasy, magic and the human condition."

The band commented on the release: "The album 'Warriors' is our first offering on Pure Steel Records. We are extremely proud of the work we did on this album. Although, at times, it appeared that the project wasn't meant to be as we faced several set-backs and struggles during the production of this album, we really came together as a band and we think the song writing and performances on this album will show that."

The track listing for "Warriors" is:

1. Into Madness
2. Sleepless Dreams
3. The Ones
4. Warriors
5. Fallen From Grace
6. Sacrifice
7. All I See
8. Sword And Stone
9. Death of Innocence
10. Never Alone
11. Watching The World
12. In Those Eyes
13. Rain More...

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Wretch Issues Album Update

Wretch has checked in with the following announcement about wrapping up work on a forthcoming album:

"We've completed recording the new album. Mixing begins this week! So here's a glimpse of the new material - it's unmixed and un-mastered, but we think that it sounds as good as any of our previous releases already!" More...

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Wretch Signs With Pure Steel Records

Wretch, a long-time member of Cleveland's metal underground, has signed a world-wide recording contract with Germany's Pure Steel Records.

Wretch previously released two albums with Cleveland's Auburn Records, gaining a toehold in the European metal scene with first album "Reborn" in 2006, and furthering their overseas notoriety by penning "Make this Garden Burn" in 2007, the theme song of Germany's Headbangers Open Air Festival. But it was the band's recently self-released EP "Rise to Power," featuring new front man Ron Emig, that helped secure the contract with Pure Steel.

"We are extremely excited to be able to take advantage of this opportunity." Said Nick Giannakos, Wretch guitarist and longest-running member. "Wretch has been associated with Bill Peters and his Auburn Records label since the 80s, and we will always be appreciative of the doors he has opened up for us, but signing with Pure Steel is a smart business move for Wretch and will allow a much wider distribution of our music."

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Wretch Offering Song As Free Download

Cleveland's melodic/power metal act Wretch has issued the following brief announcement about offering a song as a free download: "Our Christmas gift to you: the song 'Life' from our Reborn CD is available for free download through Reverbnation here. Enjoy!"

You can also stream the "Life" track through the widget available below. More...

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Wretch Posts Preview Of New Music

Cleveland melodic metal act Wretch has uploaded a sample from a new track to appear on an upcoming release, which can be heard in the widget below or over at the band's Reverbnation page. Wretch also commented:

"Here's a little piece of one of our new songs... what do you think? Also, we got stickers and we want you to have them. Message us your mailing address and we'll send you a few.

"Post a picture of your sticker in action, and you might even win a Wretch t-shirt (we're giving away two in August). Check out the pictures that have already submitted in our photo section..." More...

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Wretch Issues Vocalist Search Update

U.S. power metal act Wretch split with vocalist Colin Watson back in February, and the band has now issued the following update about the search for a replacement:

"We are still in the process of auditioning singers. We've been working with Bill Peters from Auburn Records to find viable candidates and have a couple of prospects.

"This process is going more slowly than we'd like, but great singers don't grow on trees - and there aren't a lot of us old timers around who actually want to perform real metal (plenty of cookie monster singers, but who wants to listen to that?!).

"Anyway, we are still kicking, folks! In the meantime - stay heavy! \m/"

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Wretch Splits With Vocalist

Northeast Ohio based metallers Wretch have parted ways with longtime vocalist Colin Watson. Guitarist Nick Giannakos issued the following statement:

"I have been in this band with Colin on and off for 26 years. I am very sad to see this day come. He told us he does not want to be in a band full-time anymore. I will miss his vocals but most of all I will miss having him around on a regular basis. Not only have we been in a band together for that long, we have also been friends for just as long.

"We are going to continue finishing the new album. We are currently looking for a new vocalist with the same type of vocal ability who is good at writing lyrics. I am not sure if we will continue with the name WRETCH but we will definitely keep playing and writing the same type of power metal that we love to play."

Interested vocalists can contact Giannakos at nshred1@yahoo.com.

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Wretch Announces New Guitarist

Northeast Ohio-based metallers Wretch have announced the addition of second guitarist Mike Stephenson to the group’s ranks. Shaun Vanek (Eternal Legacy) had been filling this role on a part-time basis the past couple of years but was unable to continue due to his busy schedule and other commitments.

Stephenson will make his live debut on October 16 when Wretch open "The Frets of Fury” tour with Firewind, Arsis, White Wizzard, and Nightrage at Peabody’s Concert Club in Cleveland, Ohio.

“I'm very excited to play with Wretch,” says Stephenson. “I actually haven't been active in any bands since the early 90’s. When the whole grunge scene made it look like it killed metal, I sold my equipment and walked away. But I should have known you can't kill the metal!

“When I read the announcement that Wretch was looking for another guitarist, I jokingly contacted Nick (Giannakos) and told him I was interested. After we both thought about it a bit, it actually made sense. Nick taught me how to play guitar back in the 80’s and we actually played together in a band called Castle Black in the 90’s with Tim Frederick. When I showed up for the first practice, things snapped right into place. And of course, I love Wretch's brand of pure, straight-ahead unadulterated power metal.” More...

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