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It is a pretty exciting time for melodic technical death Metal band Wretched. The five piece from Charlotte, North Carolina, consisting of Adam Cody on vocals, Steven Funderburk and John Vail on guitars, Andrew Grevey on bass and Marshall Wieczorek on drums, have recently released their latest and third full length, 'Son Of Perdition' on Victory Records and just completed the 2012 Metal Alliance Tour of over thirty dates in the US.


Formerly known as And Since Forgotten, and around since September 2005, Wretched aim to bring sonic mayhem to your ears, leaving you with a craving for more and state that "if you're into shredding, grooving and thrashing, then you should definitely check them out". The band kindly took time from their busy schedule to speak to

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Curious about the band name, they explained its origin.

"It was our old guitarist Joel Moore's idea. He had the idea for using it as a band name for a while."

From a sound perspective, Wretched play Metal that encompasses elements of all types of the genre.

"Our new record has something for everyone on it. We like guitar solos and have a bit of them on each of our records. We also do a few instrumentals on every album, which include world music influenced material."

The band has a very hard working ethos and 'Son Of Perdition' is their third album in four years which is a pretty impressive output. MetalTalk asked how do they keep their sound fresh and exciting whilst maintaining a high standard, given the complexity of their music?

"Thank you! We like to stay on the grind. Basically we just try and take it the next step, or three each time we write a new album. For 'Son Of Perdition', we decided to dive into a wider range of Metal music rather than an in your face, thrashy Metal record."

Clearly Wretched have achieved a lot in a relatively short period of time. What else do you hope to achieve musically and where do you hope to be in another fiev to ten years?

"Oh, continue to grow musically as well as expand our music from nationally to internationally. Hopefully doing just what we are now!"

  The new album is very ambitious, choirs and orchestra etc. and a lot of depth and richness to your sound. How did you approach the writing and recording process?

"We wrote this record in a short period of time, about a month. John wrote a good portion of the material on this record, and we all collaborated quite a bit as well. We were going for more of a groove Metal kind of feel."

What aspects of the 'Metal Alliance Tour' tour did you enjoy the most and who are your favourite bands to tour with? Also, is there anyone else you would like to tour with?

"Getting to see all of the sick bands on the tour every night, the exposure, and awesome venues/cities we get to play at/in! As for favourite bands to tour with, The Faceless, Three Inches Of Blood, Job For A Cowboy, Havok, Within The Ruins and a ton more.

"All of the guys in the bands are super cool to tour and hangout with. We would also love to tour with Metallica and Megadeth!"

After the success of the 'Metal Alliance Tour', any plan or desire to tour the UK? Is there anywhere else in the world you would like to tour?

"Yes, we are hoping to get over there at some point this year. Nothing set in stone at the moment. Yes! The entire world. Everywhere you can physically play Metal."

Thank you for taking time out to answer these questions. Any final comment?

"Thank you! Pick up our new record, 'Son Of Perdition'!"




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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