– Metal Injection
“Swedish death metal unit Wretched Fate were inspired by a sense of nostalgia for the past, specifically the glory days of bands like Entombed and Dismember. Rooted in crunchy HM-2-driven bludgeoning, their debut Fleshletting is equal parts primitive and sophisticated. Songs like “Only Death to Abide” showcase that duality perfectly, combining caveman-like riffing with melodic leads and guitar solos, Wretched Fate achieve a sense of balance. The primitive aspects of the music are highlighted because of the melodies and the melodies stand out that much more on such a brutal backdrop.
– Decibel Magazine“…it’s a disgusting anomaly that will confront you with the dark reality in which you live. Per usual, the connoisseurs of all things unholy at Redefining Darkness have once again, graced us with another putrid release.”
– CVLT NATION“Sweden’s Wretched Fate were inspired to contribute to their country’s storied (death) metal tradition after reading tomes on the topic and, on Fleshletting, ensure they’re more than just a footnote. Like Bloodbath before them, the goal is tributary and the self-awareness does them well, as the metal ain’t muddled in attempts at indulgent innovation.”
– Exclaim!“While straightforward numbers like the eponymous opener “Wretched Fate” or the Vomitory-esque “Heading for Beheading” waste no time in flattening the listener, things become a bit more refined soon enough. “Altars of Misery” is the first track to introduce some synthwork, and it’s in this aspect that the band’s individuality shines through the most. The chorals in “Fear Expulsion”, the samples in “Taker of Souls”, and the dark atmosphere they successfully build in more expansive numbers like “Epitaph” or the title track are testament of Mats Andersson’s soft spot for horror movies, which provides a backbone to the album that is subtle enough not to come off gimmicky or alienate purists, but strong enough to make the band stand out and provide freshness to what might otherwise have become a rather stale, if still adept, offering. As it is, this individual note makes the whole thing much more compelling, and currently has me coming back frequently.”
– Toilet Ov Hell
Wretched Fate initially began in Dalarna, Sweden, as a two-man project in 2016, involving Mats Andersson (Guitar) and Adrian Selmani (Vocals). While missing the Swedish Death Metal “heyday” due to their age, books like “Swedish Death Metal” and “Blood Fire Death” fueled the duo’s collective passion and enthusiasm alongside Mats fascination with horror movies of the 70’s and 80’s. These influences would become the cornerstone of what Wretched Fate has come to represent.
Soon after recording the first tracks of what would become Wretched Fate’s debut album “Fleshletting”, Robin Magnusson (Bass) of Incised caught interest in the project. With Mats and Adrian’s desire to turn Wretched Fate into a full-time band, Robin as well as Incised drummer Samuel Karlstrand were added to the line-up.
Feeling that much of modern metal is formulaic, bland, and down right boring, Wretched Fate wanted to revive the greatness and restless energy found in Death Metal of the past and combine it with something bold and new – we believe the band have achieved this in spades on their debut album, “Fleshletting”!
Wretched Fate are pushing the boundaries of modern Death Metal to the brink with musical ability, pure ferocity, and a genuine honoring of all that has come before them. This debut is going to leave listener’s absolutely flabbergasted!!
For fans of Bloodbath, Entrails, Aeon, and Cannibal Corpse – prepare to be stunned!
Adrian Selmani – Vocals
Mats Andersson – Guitars
Robin Magnusson – Bass
Samuel Karlstrand – DrumsMIXED AND PRODUCED BY: Mats Andersson
ARTWORK BY: Skaðvaldur
LOGO BY: Chainsaw Design
PHOTOS BY: Sandra Berkemo
BOOKLET DESIGN BY: Heli Berg