Teaser from The Wretched
The Wretched Tales
Teaser Part 1
Over the loudspeaker…
“Ladies and gentlemen, crowd surfing and/or moshing will result in immediate dismissal from the venue. Enjoy the show.”
In a drug filled haze, I stood on the stage with my new band mates. The lights dimmed, the crowd chanting, “Wretched, wretched,” in unison, throwing up the horns as if in a similar trance. I’d been with several acts, toiling in the background as the spare, the fill in, the resident head banger while others gained the spotlight. Now was my chance to be the one. And even better in the most sought after metal act from North America, The Wretched.
“You ready Corey? You better play your ass off tonight so they’ll forget about Randy’s stupid ass,” yelled Nicolai Zander with a wry smile.
Excited as a pig in shit, I responded with a nod and gave my bass a couple of plucks.
Once he turned his attention back to the crowd, his expression immediately changed from grin to scowl. The short pudgy runt everyone came to know and love stalked the stage like Napoleon with microphone in hand. Nicolai wore baggy black trousers with pockets down both sides along with a Testament t-shirt and his trademark cowboy boots. Glassy blue eyes peered at his minions and he returned their adulation with his own one finger salute and tongue wag.
“Wretched, wretched, wretched…” the swarm of metal heads chanted, the spotlight shone on me, then Nicolai one after the other. Within seconds, the background music faded and drummer Bryan started the first beats of our famous song.
“YEOOOHHHH…” Nicolai screeched like a sick cat. True metalers formed a circle pit, running into one another, arms up, the looks on their faces, pure aggression. Others leapt on top of various shoulders, attempting to surf and get closer to the stage causing the security guys a lot of headache but I fucking loved it.
This is what I’ve wanted other than a steady lay I could call my very own. This is my fucking life! This is what every young man dreams about from puberty in mom’s house to grown ass man living in mom’s basement.
I am Corey from the Wretched, and I have arrived!