Wretch is a U.S. power metal band from Cleveland, Ohio, with origins that go back
to the mid-80s. Their main musical influences are in the vein of Iron Maiden,
Judas Priest, Dio and Helloween. Twin guitar duels, fine harmonies and a clean
and sometimes a bit harsh sounding vocalist who sings about good and evil,
fantasy and magic. What else does a metal fan need?
Most of the songs are up tempo and have a nice galopping rhytmn. The band also
created a sound that really makes me think of the eighties, indeed it sounds a
bit ancient, but that is a positve point this time. Although singer Ron Emig
never reaches the same level as Matt Barlow, he sometimes sounds a bit the same
and in combination with the music, several songs have similarities with old Iced
Earth songs. Never does the band reach a level that really makes me over excited,
therefore everything is a little too average and better done before.
But if you dig some good old European eighties influenced metal with a U.S.
metal touch, you should check this one out.