Wretched
Son of Perdition


3.0
good

Review

by Kyle Seubert USER (4 Reviews)
April 1st, 2012 | 41 replies | 8,864 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Showing the world that change isn't always a good thing.

9 of 9 thought this review was well written

For a band with such a polished discography, Son of Perdition should have been so much more. Wretched’s 2010 offering, Beyond The Gate, presented the listener with immense songwriting and technical prowess on all instruments, including the vocals, and allowed the band to widen its fan base by shying away from the traditional deathcore sound they established with Exodus of Autonomy. By all means Son of Perdition should have been a large improvement from Beyond the Gate merely from how the songwriting evolved from their past albums. Unfortunately, it missed the mark.

The album opens, like previous albums, with an unorthodox opening that comes in the form of a Baroque sounding choral piece before racing into the melodic technical death metal sound Wretched has perfected. Imminent Growth and Repeat…The End Is Near provide the highlights to the first half of the album with blistering double-bass and blast beats as well as fantastic guitar work. The Stellar Sunset of Evolution parts 1, 2 and 3 are the albums instrumentals, and, along with the instrumentals on Beyond the Gate, are the highlights of the album. Each track displays the best that Wretched have to offer through technicality, strong song writing and fantastic solos.

Perhaps the largest and, most noticeable, difference on the album comes in the form of vocalist Adam Cody and his presence is made known instantly. Whereas ex-vocalist Billy Powers complimented the music and sounded more like another instrument with his guttural lows and high screams, Cody’s powerful vocals almost overtake all other instruments and supplant themselves as the main attraction. Unfortunately, this doesn’t bode well for Wretched’s song writing style. Where Powers vocals flowed well and allowed the other instruments in the band to shine and provide stunning moments in previous albums, Cody’s vocals are overproduced and placed on top of some top notch riffs almost drowning out some of the better moments in Son of Perdition. While Powers perceived lack of presence was always a qualm of mine, Wretched has swung from one end of the spectrum to the other with less than stellar results.

The end result displays a band that is still experimenting with their sound. The technical death metal sound they achieved with Beyond the Gate still remains and easily reaffirms why this band is slowly becoming more relevant in their genre, however songs like Dilated Disappointment and Karma Accomplished show that they still have room to grow and have some definite questions to answer as to where the direction of the band is headed. Fortunately, the band is still experimenting and improving and, with subsequent releases, should achieve a sound meant to appease.


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Derkyle
April 1st 2012



178 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Disappointment describes how I feel about this album. I blew off Meshuggah waiting for this album and was a little blindsided by the result. It's not bad, just not as good as it should have been.

Only my third review, so any comments are definitely welcome.

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henryjohnson
April 1st 2012



299 Comments


sweet review dude you rock

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 1st 2012



5921 Comments


well written, pos.


One correction:

Cody’s powerful vocals almost overtakes all other instruments and supplants itself as the main attraction.

Cody’s powerful vocals almost overtake all other instruments and supplant themselves as the main attraction.

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henryjohnson
April 1st 2012



299 Comments


voivod youre a sweet dude

Shiduba
April 1st 2012



424 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Beyond the Gate is one of my favorite albums ever, this was a true disappointment. From any other band it would have been a great album, but from Wretched I expected much more than this. I also liked Billy's vocals a lot more, they were perfect for them. Nice review.

DropdeadWHA
April 1st 2012



569 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is actually my favourite record of theirs, especially vocally. I couldn't get into their old vocalist at all. Although I'm disappointed that there are three instrumentals, I mean they're alright but not exactly out of this world...

bloc
April 1st 2012



34679 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I was quite disappointed with this

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ianjulian
April 1st 2012



623 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

mmmmmm im ok

botb
April 1st 2012



9560 Comments


i feel like if you think adam cody's vocals are overproduced then you aren't familiar with adam cody.

bloozclooz
April 1st 2012



1770 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

really love this band. def going to download and give it a listen

syco722
April 1st 2012



492 Comments


bringonthebreakdown is correct fa sho, adam cody just sounds like a monster naturally and anyone who thinks
otherwise needs to check out Vanisher.

Derkyle
April 2nd 2012



178 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks Voivod, it has been fixed.

I guess I was expecting something else from Adam Cody. I've only heard a few songs from Glass Casket and I didn't think the vocals would be produced in such a way on the album. The man is a beast though and, if mixed differently, i think he'll make a great addition to the band.

bloozclooz
April 2nd 2012



1770 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

ok so i've given it a good couple of listens. it's not bad, but compared to their last 2 releases, it feels like they've lost something, it's not as jazzy anymore.

JAXETA
April 2nd 2012



767 Comments


meshuggah's new album is boring

xenochrist321
April 5th 2012



1 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Ok,
Wretched was a great band with the orginal members. with one guitarist and billy gone it went downhill fast. This album seemed rushed, without alot of thought or time put into all of there songs. It seems this way to me because of the last 2 albums put on the table.

This album almost seems like a new genre for these guys. never before have i listened to a wretched song and had to change it because it was just sooo fucking annoying. there only good songs are the songs with out vocals. There new instrumentals seem lacking... lacking thought and time. i dont know if they needed to push out a album to get money or what. I dont understand why such a great band can turn into such a push to the side on my ipod.

i can admit the vocals are weak but not weak enough to make the whole band sound like a turn off. what makes it a turn off with the lack of originality in there line member line up. if they lose another guitarist or the epic drummer, i will flip shit.

MudIdol
April 5th 2012



566 Comments


^^lol this nigga thinks the vocals are weak xD

CaptainDooRight
April 5th 2012



28353 Comments


heard this sucked

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MudIdol
April 5th 2012



566 Comments


I think hes wrong. Vocals are the only really good thing about this imo.

accompliceofmydeath
April 5th 2012



4170 Comments


Just saw these guys live the other day. Never heard 'em before, but I thought they were pretty good.

SideShowBrian
April 9th 2012



4 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"The Stellar Sunset of Evolution parts 1, 2 and 3 are the albums instrumentals, and, along with the instrumentals on Beyond the Gate, are the highlights of the album. Each track displays the best that Wretched have to offer through technicality, strong song writing and fantastic solos. "

Whole heartedly agree. The rest sounds like a band that wants to be a Black Dahlia Murder a little too much for their own good.



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