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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

Joseph Michael and Jake Dreyer Witherfall Interview 

Attention Witherfall fans in Germany...

DEAF FOREVER Magazine has printed a tell all Interview with Jake Dreyer and Joseph Michael... More news to come! www.deaf-forever.de Haven't purchased yet? Here is a discount code for 10% just enter THANKYOU10 at checkout: http://www.witherfall.com/merch

For those of you that cannot read German, here is the original transcript:

1. Has Jon Schaffer already heard your debut? I'm asking because the new Iced Earth will come out in a few weeks and you share the same guitar player... 

Jake: I actually just sent out a vinyl of Nocturnes and Requiems to Jon a few days ago. Schaffer and I are both big vinyl fans and we bond over vinyl hunting and listening. That's how we would end a night of tracking when I was doing the Iced Earth record "Incorruptible". Spinning one of his copies of "Powerage" by AC/DC or "Animals" by Pink Floyd. As part of my audition for Iced Earth I sent him over "End of Time" and "What we are Dying for". 

2. I know it's a tough question – but how do you see your record in the light of all the metalstuff that is flooding the scene? 

Joseph- To me Witherfall is it's own genre. We really don't try to fit any mold when we write. I think the best bands over the course of Rock/Metal/Pop history have done something similar. There are a choice few bands that we respect. 

Why should someone check out WITHERFALL? 

Joseph – Because they owe it to themselves to listen to something that isn't pandering to them. That's just prostitution. Art isn't figuring out what will get someone off and creating that, it's about fucking someone (musically speaking)until you get off and hopefully they also get off with you. 

Jake- Witherfall tries to write not just songs but albums in the sense that a film or a novel are presented. It's all about the sum of all the parts. In my opinion, not a lot of records recently are written this way. To me Witherfall is something original, it's a giant melting pot of different genres and ideas put into one all under the camouflage of a metal band. 

4. Witherfall is a relatively new band whose first record has just been released earlier this year. Not a very original question, but how did it all begin for you? 

Jake-  Joseph and I worked together in a band and we both discovered our love for the same music and influences and the idea of forming a band that had the freedom of what Led Zeppelin was able to do. We were in Europe when the idea to form Witherfall came together. A few weeks later we got together in Los Angeles and started the writing of what became "Nocturnes and Requiems". I had worked with Adam in the past and always loved the way he would compose drum patterns and he had the perfect feel and technical ability to handle the written material. Anthony came into the picture during the production. We saw a video of him playing with Allan Holdsworth and Virgil Donati and the idea of having a fusion influenced bassist that understood and could hear classical harmony made it a very interesting thing. 

5. How old are the songs on „Nocturnes...“? Who wrote them? 

Jake - Joseph and I both wrote all the songs but a lot of the riffs trace back between 2012 and 2013. For example most of the guitar parts in Sacrifice were written throughout 2012. We arranged them together during our first writing session. Part 1 of End of Time was an alternate picking etude but I always knew it would lead into the arpeggiated acoustic verses that begin the second half. The song was written in 2013 but the beginning and ideas trace back a year before. All songs were complete though from November 2013-May or June of 2014 

Joseph – Yeah Jake and I knew we shared the same vision but for proof we decided to sit down together and actually do some writing. He showed me some ideas he had and I immediately knew we had something. We basically wrote the main part of the arrangements and worked out chord progressions and harmonies within the first 5-6 weeks. 

6. The record is dedicated to Adam Sagan, who sadly passed away in late 2016. What happened? What can you tell us about Adam, what kind of guy, what kind of musician was he? 

Jake-When we were doing the original photos for Nocturnes and Requiems we had initially scheduled a photoshoot in November of 2015 the exact day Adam was scheduled to fly into Los Angeles he was sent to the hospital where they first told him he had the cancer. That night and the following day Joseph and I pulled a ridiculous red wine fueled bender (I still have the bottle of Roja that started it off, it is named (Adam)) this involved Joseph waking up in my bathtub and me in my closet... Adam was an extremely positive guy who could lead anyone through almost anything. He had me convinced he would beat the cancer. Joseph, not so much. The night I found out about his death I was on tour in the Netherlands with Iced Earth. Stu who played with Adam in Into Eternity had received a text and as he was getting that Joseph called me up and broke the news that he was being pulled from life support. I was very upset and emotional about it and it is even hard now to think that Adam cannot be apart of these interviews. Adam was the perfect musician for Witherfall Joseph and I had worked out and composed all the songs on the record and within my first pre-pro session with Adam him and I had went through "Portrait", "End of Time Pt II" and "Sacrifice" and I knew he was the guy. Joseph and I flew back to Minneapolis and finished off the rest of The Album. He is a tremendous loss. I wish he was around to be apart of the success of this album. Adam would have been proud. One Eerie coincidence is that Adam named the album "Nocturnes and Requiems" about nine months before he found out about his cancer. 

Joseph-  Yeah man, Jake basically summed it up. I have an eerie recollection of some weird lump above his collar bone all the way back to when he was road tech for Cannibal Corpse. I happened to notice it when he was on the floor doing his weird yoga warmup thing he used to do. It's freaky to think about it after the fact. 

Can you tell us a bit more about the lyrical side of the band? Is there a concept that keeps all tracks together? Or are they more or less linked by general ideas? 

Joseph - There is no concept. It is one non-linear dreamscape. Like when you wake up in a cold sweat from one dream and fall back asleep to a different theme. I got the idea from the early Stephen King Collections. 

8. When you first see the artwork, one could easily put into the Death Metal genre. Who had the idea of the cover? Were there more concepts that you gave out to Kristian Wahlin? 

Jake- We love Kristian's work and he was the first guy we thought of and asked to do the cover art. We sent him some Pre-production demos we had made so that he could get an idea of how the band sounded and then we pretty much left him alone for the two months it took him to hand paint it. He has such a great track record that he was probably the only guy we gave up total control too. Besides the fact we wanted the art to have a certain color scheme. To me it is the perfect cover for "Nocturnes and Requiems" for so many reasons. 

Joseph- I really take issue with that. It's like how did bands with non-melodic vocals get a monopoly on dark imagery? 

9. Jake, you were a part of Jag Panzer – how long have you been into the band? Did you work on some songs with Mark? 

Jake- I was literally in the band for a few hours. My good friend and guitar instructor was Chris Broderick who played in jag panzer and in 2011 he had asked if I would be interested in replacing their current guitarist who had just left I learned a couple of solos and songs then auditioned and got the gig but they went on a hiatus a few days later so I never performed or have met them. Mark is a very nice guy from the emails that I corresponded with and I know him and Chris are still fairly close to this day. 

What is your opinion on them – and why are you not in the band anymore as they reunited once again? 

Jake- I really like Jag Panzer, I believe Joey Tafolla came back who was their original guitar player. 

10. Another one for Jake: Your guitar-playing is breathtaking and there are glimpses of Michael Romeo, Malmsteen and even R. Blackmore in your playing. Who really are your idols? 

Jake- I really like Romeo's playing but wouldn't necessarily call him an influence. Yngwie and Blackmore are two big influences though along with most of the Shrapnel artist Marty Friedman, Jason Becker, Paul Gilbert. For acoustic I like Al Di Meola and Paco De Lucia. I am also into guys like Brian May from Queen and Lindsey Buckingham from Fleetwood Mac two extremely melodic players that I find very underrated. David Gilmour has to be in there as well. 

A bit of gossip: Some people might know that Joseph Michael is Ronnie J. Dio's cousin – how close were you? What kind of guy was he in private? Was he really the rainbow in the dark? :) 

Joseph – I only spoke a couple of times with Him. He was a picture on my Uncles wall. Great singer obviously. He died before I could really get to know him or connect. 

It's amazing that you released the record all by yourself – and even the beautiful vinyl issues were pressed without a record company behind. Did you get any offers after the release? What must happen to sign a record deal? 

Joseph- We received a few offers, but I am glad we went independent at the start. We have received so much support from real music and metal fans. I think that a band like us that doesn't sound like anyone else benefits from having the people judge the record on it's own merit and not how another company wants to market it. 

13. How possible is it to have a second Witherfall-record soon? Is it possible to have it by 2018? How are chances for a band to release records every one and a half or every two years? 

Jake-Joseph and I are writing the next record now so it is very likely it will have a 2018 release date. Witherfall is all about quality so that's our number one priority. 

Joseph- I think every year is possible. Jake and I work very well together. We already have a number of compositions in the works. I can say this much. They are very dark and topical.

 

FIN.

 

A little History... of LSD 

 

Hey guys, here is an interview i did a few years back after releasing the Midnight Reign Album NEver Look BAck. It details my somewhat unorthodox writing style and how i put myself into precarious situations to provoke different emotional states. Enjoy. Taken from Crawlspace Radio Show.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVlSBsSPzUc

 

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