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1.
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
2.
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
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Blood Finger 04:15
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Winter 02:59
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Icebound 08:04
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
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Drown 05:27
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

about

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.”

credits

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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