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17 years of breaking

by The Wretch

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Turning 04:26
Comfort 04:24
Spinal Rape 03:07
Unrelax 04:49
Drastic 04:42
Velocity 03:49
For Clancy 08:22
Lifetime 04:54


In 2004, The Wretch emerged from the ashes of what was a short foray into powernoise driven breakcore under the name Terrorsect. Fusing archival movie samples with heavily edited breakbeats and frantic synth programming, the first two albums (Cyst and Ambulatory) forged a path completely separate from other music Michael was making.

With the album Northern Air, ambitions ran high and Michael added collaborators and a new element to the mix: a microphone. The musical direction went from breakcore and industrial chaos to a full hybrid approach, integrating all of his various influences into The Wretch to make it an all-encompassing idea.

With the completion of When I Fall, everything went dormant. Many ideas came and went, and things that were key to the later stages of The Wretch went back into their original homes in the other projects. The Wretch is getting ready to return to it's origins, as the wounded and angry broken thing Michael brought into the world. This compilation serves as a reminder of the strongest moments of the instrumental vision that lived for the last 17 years, and where The Wretch is looking for self inspiration.


released July 20, 2021

All music composed and decomposed by Michael Weeks. Movie samples throughout recordings sourced from Prelinger archive materials from or from the movie What I See In The Dark by Phobic Films.


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The Wretch New Jersey

The Wretch is a concept: something that has fallen short of the ideal. Be it human failing, mankinds failing, ideas created and tossed away, emotions left beneath the surface, all things have the potential to fall far short of their expected destiny.

The Wretch is Michael Weeks, also featuring Darren Halm, Eric Schlappi and a host of assorted guests.
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