WRETCH – Reborn

WRETCH - Reborn
  • 6.5/10
    WRETCH - Reborn - 6.5/10


Pure Steel Records
Release date: July 27, 2018

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It’s challenging to generate excitement for an album reissue.  Wretch does so by branding their 2006 full-length debut, Reborn, as “U.S. Metal made for real gourmets”.  If using the word “gourmet” doesn’t make you skeptical, touting a cover of Breaker’s “Touch Like Thunder” as a highlight further lowers expectations.  Listeners initially wonder, “Who the hell is Wretch?”  Next, they think, “Who is the hell is Breaker?”  “What does “Touch Like Thunder” sound like?”  “How did I miss this?”  Don’t feel bad.  These bands are both underground 80’s Power Metal bands who were label mates on Auburn Records out of Cleveland, Ohio.

Any notions Reborn would sound dated and uninteresting are quickly crushed starting with “Mental Wars” and continuing through the remaining ten tracks of the original release.  The sound is a gritty version of Tornillo era Accept with a dash of Bayley era Iron Maiden.  The three best songs run back to back; ‘Life”, “Reborn” and “Eyes Of Fate”.  Strong lead and backing vocals, melodic riffs interspersed with high speed runs and a pronounced rhythm section are the well-mixed order of the day.  Ironically, a twelfth track, “The Conflict”, recently recorded and added as a bonus track doesn’t meet the production or music quality of earlier tracks, and ends the release on a sour note.

Gourmet implies the listener has to be a Metal connoisseur with discriminating taste to enjoy Reborn.  This isn’t so.  This meat and potatoes Metal has excellent shelf life and is still tasty.  Recommended for Metal fans who missed it the first time it was served.


TRACKLIST (Highlights: 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 11)

  1. Mental Wars
  2. Cry For The Young
  3. Life
  4. Reborn
  5. Eyes Of Fate
  6. The Winners
  7. Skin To Skin
  8. I Am Storm
  9. Nothing
  10. Touch Like Thunder
  11. ‘Til Death Do You Part
  12. The Conflict (Bonustrack)


Vocals – Colin Watson
Guitars – Dave Hayes
Guitar – Nick Giannakos
Bass – Dennis Hayes
Drums – Jeff Curenton


  • Zac Halter

    Zac was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio, hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. His interest in heavy music began in the 70s with his father’s Johnny Cash albums. After cousins introduced him to Steppenwolf, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, KISS, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, Johnny Cash didn’t stand a chance. The 80s were spent in full pursuit of everything Metal: searching for new music at record stores, listening to albums, studying the covers and sleeves, and attending concerts. In the 90s, he preferred Death Metal over Grunge and hosted the Death Metal Juggernaut on WUPX in Marquette, Michigan. It was advertised as the only prime time Death Metal radio show in the country.

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