Wretched

Taking a page from each of the anthologies that METALLICA, MEGADETH, AT THE GATES, and BEHEMOTH have written, WRETCHED has bound together their own unique volume of stylishly structured death/thrash metal masterpieces.
No question about it, WRETCHED is ready to play music for the musicians and masses alike eagerly awaiting this thought provoking sound. With an enormous level of energy during their live perfor- mances, a show attendee leaves overly-satisfied but still craving more.
Bursting with tight riffs and energetic melodies, WRETCHED are prepared to make their mark in the metal world with their new take on old school thrash metal. They offer up their own metallic at- tack that is dense, intricate, and stylishly structured.
On their newest venture, Beyond The Gate, WRETCHED accompanies their punishing music with concept-based lyrics that will take the listener on an ethereal voyage through alternate worlds and leave them desperately searching for a way to return home, no matter how grave the sacrifice may be. The album features a piece composed and orchestrated by new guitarist John Vail, and performed by the University of South Carolina Sym- phony Orchestra; noting guest appearances by Jesse Clasen of Charlotte, North Carolina band Harvard, Andy Lynn on violin, and Randy Nashleanas on cello.
What began as a jam band in 2005 has evolved
into the progressive thrash band of WRETCHED. Steven Funderburk (Guitar) and Marshall Wieczorek (Drums) knew the first time that they played together that there was a strong connection that shouldn't be overlooked. Influences such as Megadeath, Metallica, Blink 182, and the Misfits are heavily evident in both their musicianship and mindset. "The connection to these bands has influenced the style of playing and writing as well as the work ethic of the group," states Funderburk.
The band prides themselves on their knowledge of music theory and composition, which has been a big benefit in making quality music. "Every piece of music we compose is analyzed down to the last note," "We put feeling and soul into our music, and we write it to the best of our ability" states Funderburk. After a listen of their music you can definitely tell that this band is as true to heart as they say they are. Previous album reviews from magazines such as Outburn have cited that "the briefest listen proves how dedicated these musicians are to their craft" and that their solos "demonstrate both proficiency and a devotion to melody". WRETCHED is a dedicated band that practices weekly as a group, something unheard of today, and members of the band have rigorous individual practices, to improve as musiciansand excel in their ever on going passions for music. Never laying to rest on their morals they are consis- tently trying to improve as individual musicians and to create a tighter collective whole.
The band is gaining a strong following in their home state of North Carolina which spans as far as Texas and back up through New York. WRETCHED believes that online promotion and communication with fans at shows has helped aid their success. A testament to that, they have a strong following
along the East Coast where they have implemented their DIY touring. Regardless of their thrash metal sound, they draw a wide variety of audiences, rang- ing from old school metal fans to hardcore kids across the globe. In the true WRETCHED fashion they are demolishing barriers and trends alike to pro- duce something so awe striking everyone is turning their heads to take a peek.
WRETCHED has done four US tours since the end of 2008, with over 175 shows. They have shared the stage with label-mates WITHIN THE RUINS as well as notable bands like Knights of the Abyss, Kill- whitneydead, Vital Remains, Diskreet, Antagonist, And Hell Followed With and The Demonstration. With all of this touring experience and non-stop energy, the band is bringing in fans by the hoard; everyone wants to hear and see this exploding force of metal apocalypse.

Abiotic is an American progressive, technical death metal band from Miami, Florida that has recently signed to Metal Blade Records. The five-piece group consists of vocalist Ray Jimenez, bassist Alex Vazquez, drummer Andres Hurtado and guitarists Matt Mendez and Johnathan Matos. The band has released two singles and a seven song studio EP entitled 'A Universal Plague'. "Vermosapien", the second track on the EP, has recently been featured on the quintet's first music video, directed by Dan Drescher.

Abiotic is agressive, melodic, technical and musical, to say the least. They've been compared to bands like The Faceless and Veil of Maya. Mixing technical riffs, brutal break downs, and solos that will leave you breathless, makes this five-piece assault an act that fans won't ever want to miss.

Allegaeon (pronounced: uh-lee-juhn) was formed in 2008 by founding member and guitar player Ryan Glisan. Soon thereafter joined the classically trained guitarist Greg Burgess, vocalist Ezra Haynes and bassist Corey Archuleta to round out and form what people have come to know now as the Colorado Kings of Melodic Metal. In 2008, Allegaeon released their 4 song, self-titled EP and quickly gained attention from the local, national and international metal fans as well as Metal Blade records. In 2009, barely a year after releasing their first EP to the world, Allegaeon agreed to a deal with Metal Blade Records and thus began their relationship and Allegaeon's entry into the ever expanding metal community.

2010 brought Allegaeon's debut album Fragments of Form and Function (FOFAF). FOFAF was recorded in Denver at Flatline Audio with Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Cattle Decapitation, Vale of Pnath) and was released on July 20th, 2010. Between 2010-2011, Allegaeon had a slew of singles that played in such heavy rotation on the Sirius Liquid Metal Station that they cracked the stations top 20 most played bands list. Metalstorm.net lists Allegaeon's debut album, FOFAF, as the #4 rated death metal album of all time (by the websites rating standards). FOFAF was critically acclaimed by many and catapulted the band out of obscurity and into the ranks of metals elite new bands.

In January 2012, the band traveled to Southern California and entered Lambesis Studios with Daniel Castleman (As I Lay Dying, Impending Doom, Carnifex, Winds of Plague) to begin work on their follow up record titled Formshifter. The latest album brings forward a sound that both plays off the band's previous releases mixed in with some new flavors that will be sure to enthrall old and new fans alike. Guitarist Greg Burgess had this to say about the new album, "With Formshifter, I think we kept the sound a lot of our fans love about us, but achieved them through certain compositional challenges. Be it style, or genre mixing, I believe that we seamlessly applied certain elements we didn't have on Fragments, and it added a color and dimension we didn't have before". Guitarist Ryan Glisan adds, "This album to me indicates the future of the band but nods to our past as well. It, to me, is more of where I have envisioned our band being since I started the band a couple years back, it relies on similar songwriting structures and musicality but adds more groove and memorable riffing than our previous efforts."

Lyrics, an oft over-looked facet of death metal is one the more interesting aspects of Allegaeon. The band crafts their prose with a bit of a different mindset - often touching on space, civilization and philosophy. Vocalist Ezra Haynes elaborates: "Lyrically speaking, this record carries more depth to me than the last. The song Twelve is actually a concept I've had in mind for roughly five years. It's about a pairing of serial killers, but instead of going about it in a more typical death metal setting, such as glorifying it; I chose to point out the stupidity and unfairness of the judicial system. I've always wanted to write an anthem-esque type song; something that involves the listeners with present day topics. With "controlled media" as the target I feel A Path Disclosed is a perfect example of that. Tartessos: The Hidden Xenocryst is definitely one that sticks out to me. I was raised on Edgar Cayce readings and tales of Atlantis. When Greg [Burgess] and I knew we wanted to touch base on an ancient civilization, Atlantis was the logical choice. Hopefully the meaning in the songs will be "found", if you will."

"The new face of ruthless modern death metal." Metal Hammer Magazine

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