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Lest we forget, doom metal stands for much more than merely a collection of Sabbathian riffs, funereal tempos and enormous amp-stacks. It’s a form of music that issues forth from the heart, the soul, and the gut. It can be an alchemical force that functions as a process of catharsis in times of need. What’s more, few know more about the power of this music than Karl Simon, formerly of the titanic and much-respected The Gates Of Slumber, and now of Wretch, whose debut carries on valiantly with the mission he began some eighteen years ago.

The making of this self-titled album marked both a renaissance and a crucial tonic for Simon himself - in the wake of the death of his close friend and The Gates Of Slumber bandmate Jason McCash, he was forced to make sense of a profound loss, and the making of this debut formed a crucial part of this process,

The new power-trio he formed with drummer Chris Gordon and bassist Bryce Clarke rose above their circumstances to issue forth a fearsome salvo of cast-iron riffage and heartfelt traditional metal heraldry, shot through with a steely conviction instilled by the experiences of recent days. “It is a new beginning, but I am what I am. I don't set out to write a style of music.” notes Simon, “This is what happens when I pick up a guitar”

“Making this record has been the hardest thing I've ever done” he adds. “Jason and I met just out of school and instantly became best friends. All of my memories as an adult feature him. All of the songs on this record are about him, about me, about our drug use and his death. I'm not close to getting over the grief. In a lot of ways I've lost my mind. I hope that people are touched by the record - I am often on the verge of tears while playing..It's tough reliving those moments”

Heavy in sincerity and emotion rather than in pitch and tone, these gritty yet grandiose songs may follow in the lineage and spirit of classic crusaders like Saint Vitus, The Obsessed and Cirith Ungol, yet the eerily thundering ‘Running Out Of Days’ and the downcast yet groove-laden ‘Icebound’ reach pinnacles of soulful intensity and emotional resonance. Meanwhile, a heroic essaying of Judas Priest's early classic 'Winter' sees Simon & Co. connect with Heavy Metal's most gnarled and vital roots. Defiant against all adversity, this debut stands proud as a fiery testimony to an indomitable spirit, one finding its way with grace and honesty through the trials and travails of the everyday.

“The days of swords and sorcery are pretty much over for me” notes Karl”. “No more giant spiders or Iceworms, There are real horrors that occupy my mind these days.”

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released August 26, 2016

Recorded at The Music Garage
Engineered by Chris Wodock

Running out of Days is dedicated to my brother J. McCash 1976-2014 RIP

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Track Name: Running Out of Days
Images
Float in time
Without reason
Without rhyme
Losing ground
Lost your way
Slowly running
Out of days

Grasping for the shortest straw
Waltz into the gaping maw
Losing count
Of your lost ways
Surely running
Out of days

Images
Fade away
Falling down
Final day
Sad song
Sung again
The needle stole away my friend

Images float in time
Without reason
Without rhyme
Losing ground
Lost your way
Surely running
Out of Days
Track Name: Rest In Peace
I'm on the road to nowhere
No one is my name
Nothing matters to me
The ends are all the same
I threw away my future
Could not escape the past
Regret my sole companion
With it my fate is cast

Words have served to bind me
And drive me like a slave
Drive me ever on wards
Drive me to the grave
Now I beg for silence
I would die for peace
I would give it all
For release

Set me free - Let me - Rest in Peace

My life's been my own making
Mine and mine alone
A cross to bear
A heavy stone
The dreams I had
They surely died
To speak of hope's
To tell a lie

Set me free - Let me - Rest in Peace
Track Name: Icebound
My sleep is tortured
Over wasted time
Drunken daze
And blind drugged haze
Icebound in the rime
What's lost is gone
Never to return
Lost my ways in a crystal maze
Feel the Ice; it burns

Frost bites deeply
And soon a hunger grows
Ignore the loss
And don't count the cost
Ends no one knows
Eyes frozen open
Greet another day
Each line to bind
And freeze my mind
Speed me on my way

Waking world is hollow
The want knows no end
Hungry cries and a web of lies
Take my mind to rend
Nothing that I wanted
Well, it came to pass
Pay the price - roll the dice
Powder on the glass
Track Name: Drown
Waves they pull me under
Sinking deeper down
Failures come to haunt me
Again I play the clown
A head that pounds like thunder
Bottle fed slave
I know I'll never get free
Just take me down to my grave
Waves they pull me under
I'm going to drown
A head that pounds like thunder
I'm going to drown
Promises that I made
Were lies all lies
And the hopes that I had
Died, they all died
Waves they pull me under
I'm going to drown
A head that pounds like thunder
I'm going to drown
My life's been torn asunder
I'm going drown
Drown