Bastards Born

by Wretch

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last_vinyl_before_doomsday While the first Wretch album sounded strangely somewhat sunny with its Kyuss, psychedelic jam stylings, this EP comparatively slows down and crushes out. It sounds more like Gates of Slumber than the previous album by Wretch, but also offers a deeply embedded melancholy. Very excited to see what the band releases next.
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SabbathJeff The scourge of drunkenness, as John Barleycorn, must die. I wasn't ready at The Gates Of Slumber opening for Orange Goblin in 2011, but I've just over 2 years clean and sober now, so if the opportunity to see Wretch live comes my way, I'll try to be there, but I won't have to try to never forget it. Thank you for donating to these causes and sharing these deeply personal recordings.
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norodoom The tragic story behind this band and release is enough to support this band, and others who struggle with addictions. But musically... DO YOU EVEN DOOM ??? - Jam 'Bastards Born' right now, and slay those demons \m/ Favorite track: Bastards Born.
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Those familiar with the history of Wretch will know that the band is born out or the ashes of vocalist / guitarist Karl Simon’s previous outfit The Gates of Slumber., even taking it’s name from the title track of their final release ‘The Wretch’.

Sadly, of the three band members who played on ‘The Wretch’ album only Simon is still with us, with both Jason McCash & J. “Cool” Clyde Paradis losing the battle to overcome their demons in 2014 & 2016 respectively.

This E.P. contains two compositions from ‘The Wretch’ (“Bastards Born” & “The Wretch” itself) re-worked by Wretch at sessions that took place in April 2017 in Leeds, England, with engineer James Atkinson at Hand of Law Studios. The third cut “Bassment Dweller” is an instrumental, which shows the dexterity of Bryce Clarke on the four string motherfucker.

You can pay what you want for ‘Bastards Born’ and we will pay though all money received from your purchase to the US arm of the Amy Whitehouse Foundation, set up to prevent drug and alcohol misuse among young people and help the most vulnerable to reach their full potential, and the Indiana Addictions Issues Coalition.


released July 12, 2017

Recorded by James Atkinson

Mastered by Terry Waker at Tonalex Mastering
Artwork by Branca Studio



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