Hapless Wretch are a solo project from London, England that plays a mixture of black, sludge and death metal and this is a review of his 2021 ep "Vol. 1" which was released by Cursed Monk Records.
A very dark and heavy death metal influenced sound starts off the ep while the vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams. Elements of sludge metal are also added into the slower sections of the songs along with all of the drum beats being programmed and when the music speeds up a decent amount of blast beats can also be heard.
Most of the tracks are very short in length while dark sounding melodies are also added into some of t he guitar riffing. 90's influences are also mixed in with a more modern style along with all of the musical instruments also having a very powerful sound to them and all of the music also sticks to a heavier direction.
Hapless Wretch plays a musical style that t akes black, sludge and death metal and mixes them together to create a sound of his own. The production sounds very dark and heavy while the lyrics cover darkness and horror themes.
In my opinion Hapless Wretch are a very great sounding mixture of black, sludge and death metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this solo project. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Natrium Myr" and "Kuru". 8 out of 10.