Power of Metal.dk Review

Style: US Metal
Release date: 5 December, 2014
Playing time: 58:29

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.

01. Into Madness
Sleepless Dreams
The Ones
Fallen From Grace
All I See
Sword and Stone
09. Death of Innocence
10. Never Alone
11. Watching the World
12. In Those Eyes
13. Rain
Label: Pure Steel Records
Distribution: Pure Steel Records
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 5 December, 2014
Website: www.facebook.com/wretchmetal