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SANCTUARY Plays First Show With WITHERFALL Singer JOSEPH MICHAEL 

Seattle metal legends SANCTUARY kicked off their North American tour with ICED EARTH  (Thursday, February 22) at Old National Centre in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

These shows are acting as a tribute to the musical legacy of SANCTUARY singer Warrel Dane, who passed away last December. Guest vocals for SANCTUARY on the trek are being provided by Joseph Michael (WITHERFALL). Also joining the band on the road is second guitarist Joey Concepcion ...

Read more: http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/video-sanctuary-plays-first-show-with-witherfall-singer-joseph-michael/

 

more info at http://www.witherfall.com

 

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

Nocturnes and Requiems is Witherfall’s debut album. How do you feel it represents your sound? 
Jake Dreyer: I think that we really did a good job on capturing the sound and atmosphere that we were going for. We just wanted to have a record that we personally wanted to listen to. The songs have to come first, we love memorable hooks but also complex instrumental passages that keep us as players interested. All of the parts just flowed during the writing process; nothing was forced. We are currently working on the follow up to Nocturnes, expected in the third quarter of 2018. The sound on that is just an expansion of Nocturnes and Requiems. It’s darker, heavier in some sections and lighter and more dynamic than Nocturnes in others. It might look ridiculous on paper but when one listens, they will understand.  

Joseph Michael:  I think that the record is exactly  as we imagined it. Jake and I sat down to write this record about a month after we left White Wizzard. I could not be happier with the result. The reception from the fans has been remarkable and long lasting. The album is still doing well a year later. READ MORE AT DECIBEL:

 

Photo by Stephanie Cabral

More at http://www.witherfall.com

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

Witherfall Premiere Video For Portrait via Decibel Magazine 

Today the band releases their new video for the song ‘Portrait’ taken from their full-length debut, “Nocturnes and Requiems”. The video was post-production on the video was completed by renowned producer/director Eduardo Rodriguez known for: Fright Night 2 and El Gringo. Watch the exclusive premiere of the video HERE, courtesy of Decibel Magazine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8M2Sa8nsdzQ&feature=youtu.be

 

The band told Decibel about the video, “Witherfall never settle for anything less than perfection in everything do. We have spent the last year searching for the right Video Production Team. A writer/Director that shared our epic vision vision of "Portrait". With multiple locations, a cast and crew of over a dozen as well as adverse filming conditions notwithstanding; It was already an ambitious effort to do a music video like this in the current climate of the industry. To us, it was either go big or go home. We want to thank all of the cast and crew that handled "The Shining" like conditions of the “Portrait” music video production.” 

 

CAST AND CREW 

Ghost- Zel Romero 

Wife - Sarah French 

Husband – James Preston 

Directed - KasterTroy 

Director of Photography – Ryder Page 

Camera Operator – Tyki Sato 

Editor – KasterTroy 

Post Production – Eduardo Rodriguez 

Screenplay – KasterTroy 

Lacey Hawk 

Hair and Makeup – Elizabeth Aston 

WITHERFALL are currently out on high seas as part of the 70000 Tons of Metal Cruise. Following that show, frontman Joseph Michael will perform vocals for Sanctuary as a part of a Warrel Dane tribute on Iced Earth’s North American tour. A complete list of dates can be found HERE. 

BIO 

In August 2017 Witherfall signed a worldwide Recording contract with Century Media Records. Their Debut album Nocturnes and Requiems has been re-released in territories outside the Untied States on October 6th 2017. Witherfall has also secured a deal with Japanese imprint Ward Records for distribution in Japan. A bonus track titled "The Long Walk Home (December)" is included as a bonus on the Ward Records re-release. 

In December 2017 Witherfall booked their first Live Appearance on 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise and announced the first live lineup including Steve Bolognese (ex-Into Eternity) and Anthony Crawford (Alan Holdsworth/Virgil Donati) Witherfall vocalist Joseph Michael was chosen to pay tribute to the late Sanctuary/Nevermore vocalist Warrel Dane on a farewell tribute tour opening for Iced Earth in Feb-March 2018. 

Joseph Michael - Vocals/Keyboards 

Jake Dreyer - Guitars 

Anthony Crawford - Bass 

Steve Bolognese- Drums 

Fili Bibiano - Guitar 

Eager to resonate their ideas, WITHERFALL headed to Phoenix, Arizona to record their self produced debut album, "Nocturnes And Requiems", with engineer Ralph Patlan (MEGADETH, Brian "Head" Welch, MSG) in late 2014. The album was then sent on to New York City for mixing and mastering by Chris "Zeuss" Harris (ROB ZOMBIE, QUEENSRŸCHE, HATEBREED) at Planet Z. Resulting in eight masterfully executed tracks featuring the group's dynamic blend of darkened melodic and progressive metal, "Nocturnes And Requiems" was released on February 10, 2017 Witherfall.com. 

"Nocturnes And Requiems" is dedicated to the life of Adam Sagan, who passed on December 7, 2016 during the final stages of production. The band collectively commented: "This, as we know, is the last piece of work that Adam contributed and played on. "Adam's talent, passion and personality is woven throughout every part of this record as he was easily one third of the creative force."'Nocturnes and Requiems' was a name that Adam eerily came up with one evening when we were figuring out album titles, [and it] would not have sounded the way it does now without his immense contribution on and off the drums."Adam, we love you, and it's a tragedy that you were not able to see this release. You will always and forever be a member of WITHERFALL. Rest in peace, man." 

WITHERFALL has revealed the album's debut single, "End Of Time", which can be seen/heard in the below lyric music video. Showcasing the melancholic cover artwork painted by Kristian Wåhlin (BATHORY, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, WINTERSUN), "End Of Time" presents a unique approach to the idea of a modern metal song with memorable melodic hooks, big choruses and dynamically aggressive vocals combined with virtuosic guitar playing reminiscent of the legends of the neoclassical shred guitar scene and a progressive rhythm section featuring modern extreme drumming techniques and fusion influenced bass lines. 

Buy the debut album here at : 

TOUR DATES 

February 1-5 70000 Tons of Metal Cruise

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

Century Media Witherfall Presale Links 

The Witherfall Century Media Presale has begun! Here are the links for the limited Edition Releases as well as where to buy Witherfall records in all territories outside the United States. 

US customers can purchase here

Get Nocturnes and Requiems in all formats including the special edition Gold and Green Vinyl versions: Europe, Asia, Australia and South America 

Visit Here: http://smarturl.it/WitherfallNAR 

Again: US Customers Please visit: http://www.Witherfall.com/merch 

WITHERFALL Signs With CENTURY MEDIA U.S. progressive metallers 

     WITHERFALL — the collective brainchild of guitarist Jake Dreyer (ICED EARTH, KOBRA AND THE LOTUS, WHITE WIZZARD), singer Joseph Michael (WHITE WIZZARD) and the late Adam Sagan (CIRCLE II CIRCLE, INTO ETERNITY)— have signed a worldwide deal with Century Media. 

     The band, whose debut album was independently released this past February, has stirred up the international scene with its unique approach of combining epic metal with dark heavy metal and complex yet catchy progressive metal to style that reminds of early CRIMSON GLORY, the "Conspiracy"/"The Eye" era of KING DIAMOND and the great achievements of bands like NEVERMORE, FATES WARNING and QUEENSRŸCHE. 

  

WITHERFALL comments on the signing: 

     "We are very honored to be a part of the Century Media legacy. The roster of acts they have worked with speaks volumes about the pride they take in bringing original and engaging music to Metal fans around the globe. WITHERFALL promises to deliver on the Century Media slogan of 'quality in metal.'" 

     "Nocturnes And Requiems" will receive a European release on October 6 as a limited CD digipak version with three stickers, a noble LP version with gatefold sleeve, inlay, poster and CD as well as digital download/stream. The beautiful cover artwork was created by legendary painter Kristian Wahlin (TIAMAT, DISSECTION, EMPEROR). With Dreyer and Michael having previously worked together in WHITE WIZZARD and Sagan collaborating with Dreyer on the critically acclaimed debut instrumental EP, "In The Shadows Of Madness" — which included a featured track for the popular video game franchise Rock Band — the trio combined forces to begin writing for the new project in 2013. Eager to resonate their ideas, WITHERFALL headed to Phoenix, Arizona to record their debut album, "Nocturnes And Requiems", with engineer Ralph Patlan (MEGADETH, Brian "Head" Welch, MSG) in late 2014. The album was then sent on to New York City for mixing and mastering by Chris "Zeuss" Harris (ROB ZOMBIE, QUEENSRŸCHE, HATEBREED) at Planet Z. "Nocturnes And Requiems" is dedicated to the life of Adam Sagan, who passed on December 7, 2016 during the final stages of production. Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/witherfall-signs-with-century-media.html#4jRfWQ1eGjsbYcGZ.99 

Get Nocturnes and Requiems in all formats including the special edition Gold and Green Vinyl versions: 

Europe, Asia, Australia and South America 

Visit Here: http://smarturl.it/WitherfallNAR 

US Customers Please visit: http://www.Witherfall.com/merch

WITHERFALL sign worldwide deal with Century Media Records Re-release Nocturnes and Requiems in Europe October 6 

WITHERFALL sign worldwide deal with Century Media Records 

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

DEAF FOREVER 

 

 

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

DEAF FOREVER 

US epic progressive metal rising force WITHERFALL have signed a worldwide deal with Century Media. WITHERFALL, who seem to have come out of nowhere in late 2016, have stirred up the international scene with their unique approach of combining epic metal with dark heavy metal and complex yet catchy progressive metal to style that reminds of early Crimson Glory, the Conspiracy/The Eye era of King Diamond and the great achievements of bands like Nevermore, Fates Warning and Queensrӱche. 

WITHERFALL comment on the signing: 

“We are very honored to be a part of the Century Media legacy. The roster of acts they have worked with speaks volumes about the pride they take in bringing original and engaging music to Metal fans around the globe. Witherfall promises to deliver on the Century Media slogan of "Quality in Metal".” 

WITHERFALL’s debut album “Nocturnes And Requiems”, self-released by the band in the USA, hit the scene like a hammer, receiving raving reviews from both press and fans (soundcheck #2 in German Deaf Forever magazine, “demo of the month” in German Rock Hard magazine etc.). Now “Nocturnes And Requiems” will see its European release on October 6th 2017 as a limited CD Digipak version with three stickers, a noble LP version with gatefold sleeve, inlay, poster and CD as well as digital download/stream. 

The beautiful cover artwork was done by legendary painter Kristian Wahlin (Tiamat, Dissection, Emperor and many more). 

The pre-sale at CM Distro will start on August 4th. 

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 

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 

Adam Sagan – drums (R.I.P.) 

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

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