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Former and Current Members of Nevermore, Sanctuary & Witherfall Cover Savatage  

Joseph Michael (Witherfall, Sanctuary) Van Williams (ex-Nevermore, Ghost Ship Octavious), Anthony Crawford 
(Witherfall, Chon), Joey Concepcion (Sanctuary, Jasta), Alex Nasla (Witherfall) and Will Wallner (White Wizzard) 
have collaborated on an epic recreation of the Savatage Song "Chance". The Song includes all of the Vocal insanity 
of the original and more. The song is set for a digital release July 18th, 2019. 

 


Right now Joseph Michael is out with SANCTUARY performing it's 1988 debut album, "Refuge Denied", in its entirety on 
the band's upcoming North American tour. The trek will kick off on July 11 in Atlanta and conclude on August 17 in 
Seattle. Support on the tour will come from GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS, the band featuring former NEVERMORE drummer 
Van Williams. 


"It is with great pleasure that we can finally announce that SANCTUARY are officially continuing on," the group said in a 
statement. 


"This small string of U.S. dates will serve as the starting point of many more things to come. 
"To celebrate the deep history of the band and the connection the fans have with us, we will perform 'Refuge Denied' in its 
entirety, along with other popular songs. Along for this journey, GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS will be joining us. 
"2019 will be an exciting year." 
Tour dates: 


Jul. 11 - Atlanta, GA - Basement 
Jul. 12 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506 
Jul. 13 - Frederick, MD - Cafe 611 
Jul. 14 - Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus Bar 
Jul. 16 - Somerville, MA - Once Ballroom 
Jul. 17 - Pittsburgh, PA - Crafthouse 
Jul. 18 - Cincinnati, OH - North Side Yacht Club 
Jul. 19 - Indianapolis, IN - Black Circle Brewery 
Jul. 20 - Detroit, MI - Sanctuary 
Jul. 21 - Chicago, IL - Reggies 
Jul. 27 - HOA Germany 
Aug. 09 - Alcatraz Festival 
Aug. 16 - Portland, OR - Bossanova Ballroom 
Aug. 17 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon 
Sept. 04 - Atlanta, GA ProgPower USA 

Download the Song HERE:


Youtube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82wrBg39TSs&feature=youtu.be 
 

 

Happy New Years  

Happy New Years from all of us in WItherfall, we have exciting news to share with you within the next  two weeks!

Here is a discount code good until the morning for 20% off  enter NEWYEAR at checkout

Joseph Michael(WItherfall) Official Vocalist of Sanctuary 

Sanctuary founding guitarist/songwriter gives an interview with Decibel Magazine regarding the future of Sanctuary and new Vocalist Joseph Michael..

 

https://bit.ly/2SOaEJY

 

Watch a clip from the Iced Earth/Sanctuary tour earlier this year...

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTBeW1-x3X0&start_radio=1&list=RDcTBeW1-x3X0&t=5

 

listen to more and get more info at:

 

WITHERFALL New Album “A Prelude To Sorrow” Out Today via Century Media 

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. 

 

Last day Sale on this bundle!

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. 

-9/10 Markusheavymusicblog- 

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! 

-LORDSOFMETAL.NL- 

9 / 10 – WITHERFALL have delivered an impressive follow-up 

-BURNYOUREARS.DE- 

Magnificent! 

-9/10 Rock Tribune (B)- 

‘A Prelude To Sorrow’ overwhelmed me upon first listen and has enough interesting details to keep surprising me" 

-Gitarist (NL)- 

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 

 

 

WITHERFALL – to release new studio album “A Prelude To Sorrow” on November 2nd! 

US dark melodic metal masters WITHERFALL will release the highly anticipated follow-up to 2017’s “Nocturnes and Requiems” on November 2nd, 2018. The band reveals more details about this stunning new offering: 

“A Prelude To Sorrow is a concept record, though not in the sense that most people have come to know the form. Ours is not a story where each song acts as a chapter. The inspiration lays in the supremely dark reality that was the passing of our drummer and one of our best friends Adam Sagan. These songs are raw emotional reflections, composed in the witching hours under the influence of wine and sorrow, while watching and helping our friend fight and ultimately lose his battle with Lymphoma. Nocturnes and Requiems was dedicated to Adam after the fact. A Prelude to Sorrow is written specifically about his and our personal tragedy. Like Nocturnes and Requiems the songs have been arranged to still have the peaks and valleys that any great record should. With “Prelude” these peaks just might be a little steeper and the valleys might be a little deeper, alternating between violence and beauty. The titles initials are an acronym for “Adam Paul Sagan”, He came up with Nocturnes and Requiems so we suppose it is kind of fitting that he also inspired this title. Hope he doesn’t come knocking on our door for royalties. We hope that this will be a fitting requiem for our friend and talented musician.” 

Given its tragic background, main songwriters Joseph Michael (vocals, Sanctuary – live) and Jake Dreyer (guitars, 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. For mix and mastering, WITHERFALL again worked with Chris “Zeuss” Harris (Sanctuary, Queensryche, Iced Earth).

An album artwork trailer can be seen here: https://youtu.be/-P18I1viXGA 

 

 

 

The “A Prelude To Sorrow” track list can be viewed below: 

WITHERFALL – A Prelude To Sorrow 

1. A Prelude To Sorrow (1:21) 

2. We Are Nothing (11:15) 

3. Moment Of Silence (6:50) 

4. Communion Of The Wicked (6:35) 

5. Maridian’s Visitation (3:30) 

6. Shadows (7:03) 

7. Ode To Despair (3:51) 

8. The Call (3:52) 

9. Vintage (11:06) 

10. Epilogue (2:53) 

The album will be released as Limited Edition Digipak, jewelcase CD (US only), gatefold 2LP plus poster and etching on Side D as well as digital album. 

The following limited vinyl colours 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 

All “A Prelude To Sorrow” pre-orders are available here: https://witherfallband.lnk.to/APreludeToSorrow 

WITHERFALL is: 

Jake Dreyer - Guitars 

Joseph Michael - Vocals/Keyboards 

Anthony Crawford - Bass 

Fili Bibiano - Guitar 

Steve Bolognese- Drums 

WITHERFALL online: 

www.witherfall.com 

https://www.facebook.com/witherfall 

www.instagram.com/witherfallofficial 

https://twitter.com/witherfall 

http://youtube.com/witherfall

 

Jake Dreyer & Joseph Michael on Tour with Iced Earth and Sanctuary (Warrel Dane Tribute) 

Hey guys Witherfall guitarist Jake Dreyer and Singer Joseph Michael will be out on the Iced Earth & Sanctuary Tour From February 22nd til April!!!! Get your tickets here and Come and say hello \../, 

https://www.ticketmaster.com/search?tm_link=tm_header_search&user_input=Iced+Earth+and+Sanctuary&q=Iced+Earth+and+Sanctuary 

In the Meantime check the latest Video for Portrait: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8M2Sa8nsdzQ

SANCTUARY Tribute Upcoming Shows as Farewell to Warrel Dane; Announce Guest Vocalist Joseph Michael (Witherfall) 

SANCTUARY Tribute Upcoming Shows as Farewell to Warrel Dane; Announce Guest Vocalist Joseph Michael of (Witherfall) 

Following the unfortunate loss of one of metal's most revered vocalists, WARREL DANE (Sanctuary, Nevermore), prior to SANCTUARY's upcoming dates supporting Iced Earth across North America, the band has announced the tour will go forth as planned. The shows will act as a farewell tour in tribute to the life and memory of DANE with guest vocals for SANCTUARY to be performed by Joseph Michael (Witherfall). 

Sanctuary guitarist Lenny Rutledge comments: 
“Sanctuary has decided to continue on with the Iced Earth tour to pay tribute to our brother Warrel Dane. We have enlisted the help of our friend Joseph Michael from Witherfall. The set will consist of many old and some newer songs performed with the utmost respect and quality to honor our friend. Please join us in this farewell as we celebrate Warrel's musical legacy with Sanctuary. We look forward to sharing this tribute with all of you.” 

Joseph Michael (Witherfall)

"Ok guys, i have been really quiet about this and for good reason:but Sanctuary has bestowed upon me the honor of singing with them on a farewell tribute to the inimitable Warrel Dane (RIP). I hope to see you out there to share in this celebration of a true original and sing along to some great songs."

 

A full list of dates can be found as follows: 
2/22 Indianapolis, IN - Deluxe # 
2/23 CIncinnati, OH - Bogarts # 
2/24 Louisville, KY - Mercury Ballroom # 
2/25 Milwaukee, WI - Turner Ballroom # 
2/26 Minneapolis, MN - Music Hall # 
2/27 Omaha, NE - Sokol Underground # 
2/28 Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall # 
3/2 Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room # 
3/3 Calgary, AB - Marquee Beer Market & Stage # 
3/4 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater # 
3/5 Seattle, WA - El Corazon # 
3/7 Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades # 
3/8 Los Angeles, CA - Belasco Theater # 
3/9 San Diego, CA - House of Blues # 
3/10 Anaheim, CA - Parish @ House of Blues # 
3/11 Phoenix, AZ - The Pressroom # 
3/13 San Antonio, TX - Aztec Theatre # 
3/14 Dallas, TX - House of Blues # 
3/15 Houston, TX - House of Blues # 
3/16 New Orleans, LA - Parish @ House of Blues # 
3/17 Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade # 
3/18 Charlotte, NC - Underground # 
3/19 Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage # 
3/21 Wilmington, DE - The Queen # 
3/22 New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre # 
3/23 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall # 
3/24 Quebec City, QC - Imperial Bell # 
3/25 Montreal, QC - Corona Theater # 
3/26 Toronto, ON - Phoenix Theater # 
3/27 Cleveland, OH - Cambridge Room @ House of Blues # 
3/28 Detroit, MI - St. Andrew’s Hall # 
3/29 Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge # 
# with Iced Earth & Kill Ritual 

Tickets and further details can be found at

SANCTUARY recently released the official prequel to 1988's classic debut "Refuge Denied", "Inception", which showcased several previously lost recordings from their 1986 studio session that have now been restored, remixed and remastered by Chris "Zeus" Harris (Queensryche). 

Formed in 1985, the band were signed to Epic Records with the help of Megadeth guitarist Dave Mustaine and released two records, "Refuge Denied" (1988) and "Into The Mirror Black" (1989) which saw them perform with the likes of Megadeth, Fates Warning, Warlock and Death Angel. The band disbanded in 1992 as members Warrel Dane (vocals) and Jim Sheppard (bass) went on to form the highly successful metal act Nevermore with acclaimed guitarist Jeff Loomis. SANCTUARY reunited nearly 25 years later in 2010 and appeared at several festivals worldwide before returning to the studio to record their acclaimed full-length comeback album "The Year The Sun Died" for Century Media Records in 2014. 

Warrel Dane tragically passed away on December 13, 2017 due to a heart attack while recording his second solo album in São Paulo, Brazil.

 

Witherfall Welcomes New Drummer Steve Bolognese (Ex-Into Eternity) 


 

                WITHERFALL new live members announced, album out in Europe on October 6th 

                                               “Rounded up by a strong production and a beautiful cover artwork by Kristian Wåhlin, 

                                                                    WITHERFALL present an absolute progressive metal highlight.” 

                                                                                                          13/15 points LEGACY 

US dark melodic metal shooting stars WITHERFALL have completed their line up for live activities. After the tragic demise of founding member Adam Sagan, who passed away right before WITHERFALL’s debut album “Nocturnes And Requiems” was ready for release, WITHERFALL have taken a well-deserved break of some few months for drumming auditions, finding a replacement for Adam in the highly talented Steve Bolognese, who by strange coincidence replaced Adam Sagan after his departure from the Canadian progressive power/death metal heroes Into Eternity. 

"This is indeed a bitter sweet statement to announce, on one end we are happy to have found a replacement for our late drummer Adam Sagan. On the other side of the coin, we had to find a replacement for Adam. We went through a long period of searching for the right drummer to carry on Adam‘s contributions to Witherfall. With Steve Bolognese we knew from our first rehearsal and assorted meetings that he was the right fit. Not only does Steve pay respect to the drum parts that Adam recorded on "Nocturnes and Requiems". Steve also shares with Adam an impressive writing ability when it comes to composing his drum parts while we are in the pre-production stages for the follow to "Nocturnes and Requiems". We have also been putting in grueling hours getting our live show dialed in. Expect Witherfall touring announcements very soon." – Witherfall 

Steve Bolognese comments: 

„I am excited to announce that I have recently joined  Century Media Recording Artist Witherfall. As happy as I am to be part of such an incredible band, there are tragic circumstances surrounding the situation, as many may know. Original Witherfall drummer Adam Sagan was a friend of mine. Adam was the original drummer and passed away last year during the final stages of production. Sagan and I both played drums with Into Eternity as well as sharing a lot of the same friends, including Jake and Joseph. Adam would come out to see Into Eternity play every time we came through Minnesota. He remained a great friend. Witherfall was Adam's band along with Jake and Joseph. They formed it. I am going to do my best to carry on with it the way Adam would have wanted. Adam Sagan was an amazing talent and he didn't make "Nocturnes and Requiems"  an easy record to learn to play on drums, but I am going to do my best. Adam Sagan is truly missed by all. See you all on the road soon!“ 

Watch Steve’s drum playthrough video of the song “What We Are Dying For” here: 

https://youtu.be/U0G7AoaUfZg 

 

 

“Fans of virtuoso guitar playing and bands such as Savatage, 

Dream Theater, Symphony X or Into Eternity should check this out!” 

METAL HAMMER 

WITHERFALL have also just announced Fili Bibiano as a second guitar player in the line-up and are ready to return back on stage! Watch out! 

WITHERFALL’s critically acclaimed debut album “Nocturnes And Requiems”, released in the US earlier this year, will be finally available in Europe on October 6th as limited CD Digipak (with three stickers), deluxe LP (with gatefold sleeve, poster and the entire album on CD) and digitally. 

“…an epochal, truly progressive power metal masterpiece, full of vigour, darkness and energy” 

9,5/10 points DEAF FOREVER 

“Nocturnes And Requiems” can be pre-ordered from the dealer of your choice or directly at CM Distro: 

http://www.cmdistro.de/Artist/Witherfall/1871?Page=1&PageSize=25&Sort=13 

 

Or in The US visit http://www.witherfall.com/merch

„WITHERFALL play dark US power/progressive metal, with strong compositions and 

flawlessly executed. Fans should definitely take a listen!” 

ROCK HARD 

For the vinyl collectors, “Nocturnes And Requiems” is available in the following colours: 

Black vinyl: unlimited 

Golden vinyl: limited to 100 copies, exclusively offered at CM Distro Europe --- LAST COPIES 

Dark green vinyl: limited to 200 copies, available at various online mailorder stores 

“Nocturnes And Requiems” tracklist: 

Portrait (6:36) 

What We Are Dying For (6:54) --- watch Jake Dreyer’s playthrough video here 

Act II (0:54) 

Sacrifice (8:59) 

The Great Awakening (3:24) 

End Of Time (9:36) --- watch the lyric video here 

Finale (1:49) 

Nobody Sleeps Here… (8:49) 

WITHERFALL line-up: 

Joseph Michael – vocals 

Jake Dreyer – guitars 

Anthony Crawford – bass 

Fili Bibiano – guitars 

Steve Bolognese – drums 

WITHERFALL online: 

https://www.facebook.com/witherfall/ 

https://www.witherfall.com/ 

Century Media Records online: 

www.centurymedia.com 

www.youtube.com/centurymedia 

www.twitter.com/centurymediaeu 

www.facebook.com/centurymedia 

http://gplus.to/centurymedia 

Century Media webshop: 

www.cmdistro.com