Sunday, January 15, 2017


OFFICIAL: Hailing from north east Ohio, power metal thrash act WRETCH are very pleased to announce that the band have signed a management deal with New York based international management agency EMG (Extreme Management Group)!!
WRETCH will join some of the leaders of the heavy music genre, such as SUFFOCATION, ATHEIST, ORIGIN, CATTLE DECAPITATION and many more on the EMG roster. Commenting on the new partnership, guitarist Nick Giannakos offers "We can't wait to get started with our partnership with EMG! We know they are going to be able to move Wretch forward in every way possible and we are looking to bigger and better things in the future!!"
The band have had a remarkable and long spanning career, and following a long hiatus reformed in 2004 to take the bands power metal excellence to the world stage. Following the release of 'Reborn' (2004) the highly acclaimed album led to WRETCH performing the Headbangers Open Air Festival in Germany in 2007. The band would later return to Europe to perform the Up The Hammers Festival in Greece in 2013 and released the 'Rise To Power' EP to further promote the band in Europe. Following the performance and EP release WRETCH secured an international record deal with German label Pure Steel Records. The band released its second full length 'Warriors' through Pure Steel Records in 2014.
WRETCH have a European tour set for March 2017 alongside Split Heaven and will be releasing the bands new album titled 'The Hunt' in February through Pure Steel Records. Expect big things this coming year from this enduring and shredding power metal five piece now backed by one of the leaders in international metal music management.
Biography: Nothing comes easy in the Rust Belt of Northeast Ohio, but that instills a certain kind of toughness into the people who live there. Most spend half their lives fighting their way out of this industrial wasteland.
This is the story of WRETCH, born out the underground Heavy Metal scene and fighting to rise above the desolation.
Formed in the early 80s, WRETCH rose to become one of Ohio’s most heralded underground metal acts, releasing the classic track “Life” on Auburn Records “Heavy Artillery” compilation album in 1989. However, after the band moved to Los Angeles in 1989 in a failed bid to get signed to a major label, things fell apart, and WRETCH was abandoned.
WRETCH lay dormant for decades until its 2006 reformation, when the band recorded and released their full-length "Reborn" CD. The “Reborn” CD got them international attention and garnered an invitation to play at Germany’s Headbangers Open Air Festival in 2007. WRETCH recorded and released the follow-up CD, “Make this Garden Burn” to coincide with the HOA appearance, and Festival organizers thought so much of the title track, that it has since served as the Headbangers Open Air Festival’s theme song.
In 2013, WRETCH was invited to play Greece’s Up the Hammers Festival, and the band again entered the studio to craft a release to coincide with the festival appearance. The result was 2013’s “Rise to Power” EP. The “Rise to Power” release got the attention of Germany’s Pure Steel Records, signing WRETCH to a 5-year, international recording contract.
WRETCH’s current line-up is Ron Emig on vocals, Nick Giannakos & Michael Stephenson on guitars, Tim Frederick on bass guitar and Evan Gottschalk on drums. WRETCH plans on releasing its first full-length CD with Pure Steel in 2014.

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