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When: Tue., Nov. 22, 8 p.m. 2016

Born from the ashes of famed Indianapolis doom merchants Gates of Slumber—and named for the latter’s final album—Wretch is a portal for guitarist-vocalist Karl Simon to keep on keepin’ on with torpedoing Sabbath super-riffs and to pay homage to his longtime best friend and former GoS bassist, Jason McCash, who passed away in 2014. The band’s recent self-titled debut, out on Bad Omen Records, is more trudging, slow-swinging rhythms and hefty guitar sustains than lyrics and vocals—as is true with the very best doom bands—allowing Simon to carve out the groove extradeep on a behemoth track like the eight-minute-plus “Icebound” while also encouraging him to venture into psych-guitar freak land, as he does during the track’s recalibrated interlude four minutes in. Wretch begins a new canon of doom metal for Simon, and hopefully one that sees a legacy as long as the 16 years Gates of Slumber pounded the midwest.

Kevin Warwick

Price: $12, $10 in advance

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