Ron Emig - Wretch
Those Cleveland Warriors Wretch are reborn! Never alone, here they are again ready to rise to power to promote the release of their brand new album on Pure Steel Records. A great deal has changed over the last few years with the band, including the fallen from graceful departure of charasmatic vocalist Colin Watson, and the necessary arrival of unique vocalist Ron Emig, formerly of Zone Eleven.
The new material is quite a departure from the energy of 'Reborn', but still very true to the Traditional Cleveland Metal sound the ones have embodied for decades. Not too long ago, I spoke with Ron about all his endearing sacrifice: his participation in the band, his pensive lyrics, his particular vocal style, and what it means to perform with such an iconic act.
MettleAngel: Hey Brother, it is such a pleasure to speak with you once again. Imagine my surprise when I recieved an E-mail from Pure Steel asking me to interview Wretch. I was not aware that the band had a new album, no less that you were now their new vocalist.
MettleAngel: I had seen Tim Frederick play with Vindicator, when they opened for Artillery and Onslaught. In my Live review, I mentioned that he was wearing a Wretch T-shirt, but I did not get a chance to talk to him after the show. Thus, I was unaware of the band's new album 'Warriors'. I was also planning to see Manilla Road on my brithday in Indiana, because I had heard Wretch was opening for the show.
MettleAngel: I realized that, and actually I never did attend, even though I would have liked to have spoken with their drummer Andreas "Neudi" Neuderth, who also plays in Roxxcalibur.
MettleAngel: Maybe, but they are of a different style, altogether. Karl Simon, formerly of Gates Of Slumber is the founding member. I guess he took the name from their 2011 album?
MettleAngel: There are several other Metal bands called Wretch, spread all over world-wide. There is even a technical Deathcore band called Wretched signed to Victory from North Carolina, who if I am not mistaken, had my own brother create their logo.
MettleAngel: I guess, at least the America acts could come to Cleveland. Over the years, Bill Peters has put together shows for charity which feature all genres of Metal. You just recently played for one of those, right?
MettleAngel: I sure would have enjoyed attending that! I do like the new Olathia songs I heard. Unlike Chris' former band Cellbound, which had such Metalcore inclinations, she is now singing more straight forward, showcasing her true talent. I have informed fans of A Sound Of Thunder, Sister Sin, and Benedictum to check out their Bandcamp page.
MettleAngel: Let us now focus our attention to your involvement with Wretch, how were you chosen as a replacement for Colin?
MettleAngel: I really appreciate and admire your lyrics. They are very personal, subjective, and thought-provoking. I noticed you seem to write themes concerning children, but you and Chris do not have kids of your own, right?
MettleAngel: Well, that makes sense. I noticed that there was no political or religious agenda, and just a hint of fantasy themes prevalent. I assume like with Exodus, when Zetro re-joined, most of the new music had already been written?
MettleAngel: I find your vocals to be vey unique. I hear Dio, Tony Martin, and just a bit of Ian Gillian?
MettleAngel: When did you officially join the band, and what was your first show?
MettleAngel: Did you play only older Wretch material, like with your 2013 'Rise To Power' (EP), or did you debut new material from 'Warriors'?
MettleAngel: So please tell me what is up with the totally lame cover artwork? The music is so good, but then the cover is so bland. What is with the dirigible flying over the battleships, is this supposed to be some sort of Zepellin reference? Why is it all black and white, was this intentional?
MettleAngel: This surprises me, as they have some great album covers for so many of their quality acts. I wonder how they decided that this depicted the music found on 'Warriors', in lieu of say something more mythologial and more Metal. This would make sense for say, Sabaton or Hail Of Bullets, but certaintly not Wretch.
MettleAngel: How did you get signed to Pure Steel, anyhow? I would have assumed Bill Peters from Auburn Records would have wanted to work with the band again.
MettleAngel: I respect that! Many great U.S. bands are working with Pure Steel like ASKA, Omen, Steel Prophet, etc. What are some of your favorite new songs?
MettleAngel: I agree with those, but I would include: "The Ones" and "Warriors", as well. I do not enjoy the weak closer called "Rain", though.
MettleAngel: It is so sappy, it should have remained an instrumental, not that your lyrics are lame or anything. I just feel that after hearing such an abrasive album, that it ends on a rather ineffectual note. Overall, the album is very good, and any fan of Classic Metal should surely enjoy it.
MettleAngel: I always celebrate the opportunity to promote local talent. I have also enjoyed your friendship over these past few years. I still have all those burns you did for me, a number of years ago, of such rare Cleveland Metal.
MettleAngel: You bet! Now I need to see you live, as I have never seen you sing, but have only heard you digitally on my promo, and other burns you have made for me like with Necessary Evil and Zone Eleven. I have watched your wife perform a number of times, even joining Wretch on stage for duets, but surprisingly, I have never seen you sing in a live atmosphere. I guess it is ime to go to YouTube, right!