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WRETCHED- In Nome del loro Potere tutto e stato fatto per distruggere il Mondo tu vivi 7″EP (selfproduced, Italy, 1983)

Wretched_loro_frontWretched_loro_backWretched_loro_insert2aWretched_loro_insert2bWretched_loro_insert1Whilst the greatness of certain records is largely undisputed, some others play the role of under-underground classics still. The fabrication of a canon (i.e. a catalog of what is regarded to be “classic” and what not) is a violent process, but luckily not one that could not be distorted, transformed and eventually even destroyed (although I’m not yet sure whether or not I’d be into that, as you can see from the sheer existence of this blog).

Maybe it’s the overwhelming brutality of WRETCHED‘s first EP. Maybe it’s the record’s and band’s different musical concept that did not rely so much on tightness or technical skills in general. This is one sloppy, hectic and emergent trip: The drums sound like the drummer’s falling down the stairs, the strings are chaotic and disharmonic and the singer, well, he sounds like a caged animal, violent and threatening. So intense! These were in fact the wild, the formative years. When did Hardcore die its well deserved death? Marked records like this a discontinuity already? Who could possibly claim that “Hardcore is alive”?

Fuckshitupism of the most relentless sort!

La Logica del Potere.mp3
Spero venga la Guerra.mp3
Combatti.mp3
Muori per la Patria, muori per niente.mp3
Solo Guerra.mp3
Nessun Diritto.mp3
Ti obbligano ad obbedire.mp3
Non posso sopportare.mp3

PS: More WRETCHED on this blog can be found here, here and here. And no, although it’s itching to write something about the band’s graphical and lyrical cacaphony, I won’t do it. But it’s really high time somebody starts to examine these concepts in a larger context. This could become a very interesting book, believe me. But enough with historian talk, haha. I guess you can always tell when my head actually is into different things than what I’m posting on this blog.

29 Comments

  1. Par

    same cover as Carnivores Retaliation, I wonder if the record is as great as well?

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    Posted on 20-Sep-09 at 14:28 | Permalink
  2. Well, Pär, I would say it’s even a bit (haha) better.

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    Posted on 20-Sep-09 at 14:30 | Permalink
  3. Frank Mossi

    One thing I have learnt from this blog: Italy had better HC than Metal. 🙂

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    Posted on 20-Sep-09 at 14:43 | Permalink
  4. chano

    Yeah, Frank. I totally agree with you…

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    Posted on 20-Sep-09 at 17:31 | Permalink
  5. Zach

    One of the best HC records from the 80’s, period! “Muori per la Patria, muori per niente” is just so good it hurts.

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    Posted on 20-Sep-09 at 19:18 | Permalink
  6. Adamski

    This has always been my favourite Wretched record. Wonderful!

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    Posted on 20-Sep-09 at 19:35 | Permalink
  7. So thin, so agressive, so sloppy and so fucking great! Nerd alert: did you get a Wretched sticker with yours?

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    Posted on 20-Sep-09 at 20:00 | Permalink
  8. Nerd alert: Nope 🙁 but I later got some and some flyers from some Milano punx. 😀

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    Posted on 20-Sep-09 at 20:09 | Permalink
  9. gg allin

    wow this shit is amazing! i had no idea. hey erich i am forever greatful for what you do.

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    Posted on 20-Sep-09 at 21:01 | Permalink
  10. bacteria

    first time I’m hearing these songs. I’m floored. forget all u.s. hardcore!!!

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    Posted on 20-Sep-09 at 21:41 | Permalink
  11. Sean

    I’d argue Wretched’s entire “enigma” was based solely on this record…the other recordings are “good”, but never matched this one’s brutality (though to argue AGAIN, they ALWAYS “sounded like Wretched”).

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    Posted on 20-Sep-09 at 22:22 | Permalink
  12. I’m not so sure, Sean. The LP is one of a kind: It has the brutality and it has more, the melancholy, the sadness.

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    Posted on 20-Sep-09 at 22:45 | Permalink
  13. B4 the Dawn

    I have downloaeded this from other blogs before. All rips sounded so powerless and flat. This is the first time I’m hearing these songs in such a great yet rough quality and it sounds like a different record. Awesome.

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    Posted on 20-Sep-09 at 23:00 | Permalink
  14. Sean

    Oh, Erich…forgot to mention this in the Varning post…but I could up the three cds in one package. I could name the file “Keller’s rips and scans”…up to you, that way it stays hosted, but you still get ALL the credit.

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    Posted on 21-Sep-09 at 02:12 | Permalink
  15. until 26 october visit this
    http://www.geocities.com/alcaffe2/
    I put my scan from Wretched Stuff

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    Posted on 21-Sep-09 at 08:18 | Permalink
  16. chano

    Bacteria: the heavy US HC influence made italian hc so good and aggressive… US HC rules!!! 😉

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    Posted on 21-Sep-09 at 15:07 | Permalink
  17. Peter

    Primitive and loud as rock & roll should be, just played extremely fast and aggressive = hardcore punk.

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    Posted on 21-Sep-09 at 17:53 | Permalink
  18. ShitShootShout

    hey, I can’t read your blog with RSS feeds, please fix it, and thanks!

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    Posted on 21-Sep-09 at 18:40 | Permalink
  19. What is there to fix? Don’t understand.

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    Posted on 21-Sep-09 at 18:48 | Permalink
  20. matt

    This ep is fucking BRUTAL!

    My fave from Wretched.

    I had this on a dubbed tape before (a friend of mine had the 7”, taped from him).

    Thanx

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    Posted on 21-Sep-09 at 19:26 | Permalink
  21. Jay Thurston

    Is this the same drummer that was in Raped Teenagers?? He is really bad. : ) USHC rules!!!

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    Posted on 22-Sep-09 at 02:16 | Permalink
  22. Hawkins

    One of my favourite bands from Europe of that time. Raw energy

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    Posted on 22-Sep-09 at 02:32 | Permalink
  23. Blinding stuff. Thanks yet again, Erich.

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    Posted on 22-Sep-09 at 17:46 | Permalink
  24. Jerry B

    hehe yeah the forming of a canon is interesting, too often people just sheepishly accept stuff into it because everybody seems agree it should be there.. for me, while I always liked the Wretched 7″es, the 1st album is what really blew the roof off. Pretty much a perfect hc album, with those awesome galloping drums and ridiculous guitarsound.. even tho its not as hectic as this and the chaos is more caged or something that only makes it more intenz for me, like its just waiting to break out

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    Posted on 22-Sep-09 at 18:35 | Permalink
  25. johnny unrotten

    Could it be you’re trying to build up your own canon with this (excellen) blog? I’m pretty sure gbm has become influential – a lot more influential than you proberly know.

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    Posted on 25-Sep-09 at 08:25 | Permalink
  26. -‘-Spiderman-‘-

    Dont wanna speak on Erichs behalf but since he keeps quiet ….. I dont see this blog as a canon. Its very subjective. I must say that I learned a lot from the two years I followed it. Erich examines music as if it was a text,reads it,compiles it. To me this was totally new.

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    Posted on 26-Sep-09 at 16:36 | Permalink
  27. Makes me happy, Spiderman, to learn that somebody understood my approach here so well.

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    Posted on 27-Sep-09 at 09:42 | Permalink
  28. So Carnivore stole this artwork?

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    Posted on 17-Jan-11 at 18:09 | Permalink
  29. jacek

    thanx very much for this post… 🙂

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    Posted on 14-Aug-12 at 15:36 | Permalink

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