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Today i learned that one of my oldest and dearest friends passed away from cancer. Paul was one a kind. Some how managing to be both curmudgeon yet good spirited at the same time. Paul was one of the first people i met when i came back to Los Angeles in the mid 2000's we played in a few ridiculous cover bands. In 2007 he joined my psuedo-goth prog band Midnight Reign...
I'm most proud of this song We wrote together while working on his 2nd Solo CD... His solo is really special on this one.
Anyone that knows me, knows that i have little time for friends and zero time for acquaintances... I can count on my left hand my great friends... Paul was one of them. I love and will miss him. Travel on...
RIP Paul Sternquist
Paul is survived by his wife and co-curmudgeon Teresa Sternquist. Per his wishes she will have him cremated. If you'd like to contribute the Cancer fund is still up and taking donations to pay for this final expense.
His cremation expenses are due today and anything that you can do helps...
Happy New Years from all of us in WItherfall, we have exciting news to share with you within the next two weeks!
Today US dark melodic metal masters WITHERFALL have released “A Prelude to Sorrow”, the highly anticipated follow-up to 2017’s “Nocturnes and Requiems”. Listen to the album in its entirety HERE.
Watch an unboxing video of “A Prelude To Sorrow” HERE.
The media reaction to the album has been nothing short of extraordinary:
"A Prelude To Sorrow" provides the listener a cathartic release through some of the most mesmerizing music I have ever heard. The savage brilliance of this album is stunning
-9.5/10 -Metal Wani-
One of the most talented acts in metal; check this out and be impressed
-Angry Metal Guy-
The turmoil of WITHERFALL‘s chaotic, highly technical and dramatic performance is as impressive as ever.
-Distorted Sound Magazine-
-5/5 Metal Hammer.de-
I implore you listen to ‘A Prelude to Sorrow’ so that you too can share in an album that is as moving as it is memorable, as emotional as it is engaging, as intelligent as it is intimate and that is as heavy lyrically as it is musically. In short, it’s a sonic tour-de-force.
- 9.8/10 Man of Much Metal-
A Prelude To Sorrow" is one of the recordings of the year.
-Rock Hard Greece-
‘We are Nothing’ and ‘Vintage’ being the shining stars. Both songs are 11 minute compositions reminding of the best, progressive metal offered till today.
WITHERFALL understand how to package perfectly negative emotions in such a way that a large whole emerges. Despite the blows of fate (or maybe just because of that), the band grows beyond itself. Actually, it cannot get better.
- 9/10 Hell-fire magazine-
8.5 / 10 Joseph Michael’s powerful voice belongs to the best of the genre.
-ROCK HARD (Ger) Soundcheck #9-
-AARDSCHOK (NL) Soundcheck #3-
90 / 100 A blasting album where technique and vibe fit perfectly together!
9 / 10 – WITHERFALL have delivered an impressive follow-up
-9/10 Rock Tribune (B)-
‘A Prelude To Sorrow’ overwhelmed me upon first listen and has enough interesting details to keep surprising me"
Bolstered by a clear, crisp recording, this album is an essential listen for any heavy/power/progressive metal fan.
-Wonder Box Metal-
On “A Prelude to Sorrow”, main songwriters Joseph Michael (vocals, Sanctuary – live) and Jake Dreyer (Iced Earth) succeeded in perfectly combining the group’s technical proficiency with an appropriate eerie and somber atmosphere, manifesting also in Kristian Wåhlin’s majestic cover painting. “A Prelude to Sorrow” was mixed and mastered by Chris “Zeuss” Harris. (Sanctuary, Queensryche, Iced Earth)
The album is available as a Limited Edition Digipak, jewel case CD (US only), gatefold 2LP plus poster and etching on Side D as well as digital album.
The following limited vinyl colors are available:
• 400x transparent blue vinyl – only available at www.witherfall.com/merch
• 200x clear vinyl – only available at Century Media’s European store http://bit.ly/WitherfallCMD
• CD/LP plus t-shirt bundles available here: https://merchnow.com/catalogs/witherfall
View all “A Prelude To Sorrow” order options: https://witherfallband.lnk.to/APreludeToSorrow
Due to scheduling conflicts, I will no longer be singing for Desert Dragon i wish the guys in the band good luck on their future endeavors... If you haven't checked it out yet... Here is a song off the record "Before the Storm" Called "Desert Horizons" produced by James "Jimbo" Barton of Queensrÿche fame. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLGCq-zyPhI
As of now, I have a ton of projects on my plate that need to be completed and most important of all the release of Witherfall's Debut album... Keep an eye/ear out for the single in December...
Listen to the teaser here:
Progressive Rock Band Desert Dragon is set to embark on their first European Tour beginning September 15th in Lisbon Portugal. Taking up guitar Duties on the European Run will be Ex-White Wizzard guitarist Will Wallner. The band line-up features Joseph Michael/Vocals, Greg Patnode/Guitar, Rick Brandt/Bass, Nick Mason/Drums, Alex Nasla/Keyboards and Will Wallner/guitar.
The band currently has a song featured in Both Classic Rock and Prog Rock magazine CD Samplers. The Track "Takin It Easy Now" was produced by Ralph Patlan (White Wizzard,Megadeth,MSG,Brian Head Welch) and can be listened to here:
09/16 ASSOCIAÇOM CULTURAL XEBRA BURELA,SPAIN
09/17 PUB TRANSYLVANIA VIGO,SPAIN
09/18 ESTADIO DI RUBEIRO TRAVANCA DE BODIOSA,VISEU,PORTUGAL
09/20 LES RUNES PUB BORDEAUX,FRANCE
09/22 ROCK PALACE MADRID,SPAIN
09/23 ESTUDIO 27 BURGOS,SPAIN
09/24 HIGHLANDER METAL PUB MALAGA,SPAIN
09/25 ANGVS ROCK CENTER CARTAGENA,SPAIN
Desert Dragon is an Award-winning band from Los Angeles, California formed by guitarist Greg Patnode. The Band released their 2nd album, EP ‘DESOLATION’ officially on September 01, 2012 featuring Billboard charting singles “Darkness Shines” and “Miles Away” produced by the legendary Ron Nevison (Producer/Engineer for Led Zeppelin, Bad Company, The Faces, Heart, Lynyrd Skynyrd).
In July 2014 they signed ex-White Wizzard singer, Joseph Michael (WITHERFALL,MIDNIGHT REIGN,EX-WHITE WIZZARD) as their new lead vocalist. In Aug 2014 the band went into the studio in Los Angeles to mix their new album with James “Jimbo” Barton (Producer/Mixer for QUEENSRŸCHE, RUSH, ERIC CLAPTON, METALLICA). The result is Desert Dragons' most polished release to date "Before The Storm". The band has shifted its focus from Blues to Hard Rock and Psychedelia. This shift has given the band a new direction and they have even revamped some songs from their first album (“Take it Easy Now”, “Save My World”, and “Desert Horizons” ) to give them more hard rock content.
Find out more about Desert Dragon at http://www.DesertDragonOfficial.com
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Last year Joseph Michael went into the studio with Desert Dragon and Producer James "Jimbo Barton to work on an album of classic rock/Prog/Pop The result "Desert Dragon - Before the Storm" will be released on 6/05/2015... The album Mixed by James "Jimbo” Barton known for his work with RUSH, QUEENSRŸCHE, ERIC CLAPTON, METALLICA. Also featuring three re-recorded songs from their debut album, Desert Dragon, ) re-mixed by Ralph Patlan (Producer/Mixer for MEGADETH, UFO, MICHAEL SCHENKER, BONDED BY BLOOD).
In Aug 2014 the band went into the studio in Los Angeles to mix their new album with James “Jimbo” Barton (Producer/Mixer for QUEENSRŸCHE, RUSH, ERIC CLAPTON, METALLICA). The result is Desert Dragons' most polished release to date "Before The Storm". The band has shifted its focus from Blues to Hard Rock and Psychedelia. This shift has given the band a new direction and they have even revamped some songs from their first album (“Take it Easy Now”, “Save My World”, and “Desert Horizons” ) to give them more hard rock content.
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The result "Desert Dragon - Before the Storm" will be released on 6/05/2015...
The album Mixed by James "Jimbo” Barton known for his work with RUSH, QUEENSRŸCHE, ERIC CLAPTON, METALLICA. Also featuring three re-recorded songs from their debut album, Desert Dragon, ) re-mixed by Ralph Patlan (Producer/Mixer for MEGADETH, UFO, MICHAEL SCHENKER, BONDED BY BLOOD). The band will open for ASIA in Los Angeles on 6/19/15, Friday 7pm.
Visit this link to Preorder Before the Storm.. It will be shipped within 3 business days!
Preview The Re-vamped Version of Desert Horizons here;