Thrash Hits verdict: Wretched are not a new band. They’ve been around for years in fact. We’re not going to pretend we’re so-far-ahead-of-the-curve that we were fans of the band since Day 1, but what we do know is that when we stuck their new record, Son of Perditio, into our stereo the other day, we liked what we heard. We liked it a lot. And what’s the point of having a Future Hits column if we;re not going to use it to tell people about bands we’ve just heard of? We fired an email off to the band’s vocalist, Adam Cody, asking him to tell us why we shouldn’t just restrict our Future Hits columns to the young ‘uns.
Describe your sound in 3 words.
Melodeath, prog, Twinkie
How did you meet?
The original members, Steven [Funderburk, guitar] and Marshall [Wieczorek, drums] founded the band in high school. and we’ve all known each other in one way or another through our local scene. North Carolina has an awesome amount of talented artists.
What made you want to start a band?
Personally I just grew up around so much music. All my Idols were these posi-core, vegan Straight Edge bands (granted, this was the beginning of my musical journey). Seeing the excitement of a crowd of 100, over a band filled with average Joe looking dudes; blew my mind. I never thought seriously about another lifestyle.
Watch the incredibly-NSFW video to ‘A Preservation of Immortality’ by Wretched:
Where did the name come from? Yeah, we know this is a kind of shit question.
I was not there for this one. But it’s solid! Short, easy, and obviously metal as shit!
How do you think growing up and living in North Carolina has affected your music?
We have a very loyal scene here. The bands here try to help each other out as much as possible. The styles here range all over the board and I think that shows through our music. Like I said earlier, I started in a very hardcore scene, and after touring with a band called vehemence I got very deep into the death metal scene. The two scenes were pretty integrated, so it was an awesome time in music for North Carolina. I think that goes for the rest of the guys as well.
What are your non-musical influences?
Books are a big one. Read anything by Chuck Palahniuk! And once again I will have to say Twinkies.
You’re relatively productive by modern death metal standards – you’ve just put out your third album in four years. To what factors do you put down your rapid songwriting/release schedule to?
Most labels lay out a timeline agreement type thing. We’ve never been hassled about this, but we agreed that people have a very short attention span. Especially with the amount of metal albums released each year. We also have a lot to show the world and life is short.
Watch Wretched being interviewed and playing live on the Metal Alliance Tour:
What bands do you consider as part of your scene or as your peers?
Last Chance to Reason, Between the Buried & Me, Torch Runner, Uzzard, Within The Ruins, Harvard, Codeseven, He is Legend, Beloved, Advent, Prayer for Cleansing, The Faceless, Obscura, 3 Inches Of Blood, Job For A Cowboy…the list goes on….
What marks you out as different to other bands around at the moment?
I think we have a clear idea of what we want. It may sound scattered at times, but then we all grew up on Mike Patton and all things strange. You never know what to expect except that it will still sound like Wretched.
What’s the best show you’ve played?
The last night of the Metal Alliance Tour we all went nuts to a wild crowd. I got in the crowd; John stage-dove, guitar and all, during a break and then got back on stage never missing a note. It was a very surreal show.
What other bands should everyone find out about?
Engulfed in Afterbirth, Uzzard, Exploding Horse, Vanisher, Calormen, Columns, Torch runner, Ye mighty, Young & in the way, Hectagons, Thru World Aggression, A Light Divided, Malebogia, Hungry girl, One Another, Mei, Forefathers, Bloodsoaked…and that list goes on….
Tell us a joke.
A guy walks into a bar….
Wretched’s third studio album, Son of Perdition, is out now on Victory Records. If you like what you’ve heard so far, go check out the band’s official Facebook page for more noise and info on the band, as well as their tour dates for their impending June/July US tour.