After a very successful live debut on 70000tons of Metal earlier this month, Witherfall is very pleased to announce our signing with Continental Concerts USA for the North & South American territories. We have already begun the early stages of bringing Witherfall to a city near you for Fall of 2018. Continental is a tremendous name in the industry and we want to thank our new partner Daniel DeFonce for his hard work. Stay tuned at http://www.witherfall.com and we will see you on the road!
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Today marks the One Year Anniversary of the release of Witherfalls debut album Nocturnes and Requiems. To Celebrate we are offering A FREE DOWNLOAD and 15% off everything else on our site! use code ONEYEAR at checkout.
Thanks to Century Media Records for picking up the release overseas and WARD RECORDS (ワードレコーズ) for releasing it in Japan! We would also like to thank Philipp Schulte, Kristian Wåhlin, Jörg Düsedau, Chris Zeuss Harris, Anthony Clarkson, Jon Freeman, Mia Steinhausen, Kurtis Kastertroy Imel,Don Adams, Sarah French, Zc Romero, Elizabeth Aston and James Preston among many others for contributing to this most successful year.
Watch the Video for Portrait Here:
Thanks and stay tuned for more news...
Joseph Michael Jake Dreyer Anthony Crawford Steve Bolognese Fili Bibiano
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 we 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
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.
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.
February 1-5 70000 Tons of Metal Cruise
SANCTUARY Tribute Upcoming Shows as Farewell to Warrel Dane; Announce Guest Vocalist Joseph Michael (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.
So... Witherfall not being a band to do anything conventional, we proudly announce our first show. In international waters no less. This will be the bands first show and the first time fans will get to see this lineup in the flesh...
"Please welcome Witherfall on board 70000tons OF METAL 2018, The Original, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise! Featuring current and former members of #IcedEarth and #WhiteWizzard, these shred-tastic maniacs will entrance you and 2,999 Sailors from around the globe with two hard-hitting sets of pure Heavy Metal! "
Just under one month before we embark on this journey... will you be with us as we make our way to #GrandTurk, our Caribbean "I"sland Dream Destination?
Witherfall is from L-R Anthony Crawford (Bass) Jake Dreyer (Guitar) Joseph Michael (Vocals/Keyboards) Fili Bibiano (Guitar) Steve Bolognese (drums)
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Watch our latest Lyric Video for "The Great Awakening" here:
Stay Tuned for News on the follow up to Nocturnes and Requiems out next year!
US dark melodic metal up-and-comers WITHERFALL have released a brand-new lyric video for the track “The Great Awakening”, song #6 on their debut album “Nocturnes And Requiems” (released in Europe on October 6th), which received raving reviews by international media for being one of the most outstanding progressive metal releases of recent times.
Watch “The Great Awakening” here: https://youtu.be/eH-0wypDRno
“… a tremendously epic sound, reflecting early Nevermore as well as Fates Warning and the “Conspiracy” era of King Diamond.”
ROCKS – 5,5/6 points
“… dark power-prog, reminding on bands like Crimson Glory and Queensryche.”
ROCK HARD (DE) – 8,5/10 points
“…an epochal, truly progressive power metal masterpiece, full of vigour, darkness and energy”
DEAF FOREVER – 9,5/10 points (soundcheck #2)
“Rounded up by a strong production and a beautiful cover artwork by
Kristian Wåhlin, WITHERFALL present an absolute progressive metal highlight.”
LEGACY – 13/15 points
“A highly ambitious debut album, done by real professionals.”
ROCK IT! – 9/10 points
“Fans of virtuoso guitar playing and bands such as Savatage,
Dream Theater, Symphony X or Into Eternity should check this out!”
METAL HAMMER (DE) – 5/7 points
WITHERFALL are currently writing new songs for the release of their second album, roughly scheduled for autumn/winter 2018. Stay tuned for more info on the recording process and new live activities!
“Nocturnes And Requiems” tracklist:
What We Are Dying For (6:54)
Act II (0:54)
The Great Awakening (3:24)
End Of Time (9:36)
Nobody Sleeps Here… (8:49)
Joseph Michael – vocals,keyboards
Jake Dreyer – guitars
Anthony Crawford – bass
Fili Bibiano – guitars
Steve Bolognese – drums
Outside the US:
Century Media Records online:
For Your Consideration Century Media Records Recording Artist Witherfall is in the running for a couple of Grammy Award categories this year!
Album of the Year - Nocturnes and Requiems
Best Metal Performance - End Of TIme
Academy members this weekend is your last chance to vote for Witherfall...
Hey guys, in response to the massive interest in some of the Limited Edition Vinyl and import CD Digipacks in the US our friends over at Century Media have sent us a few so you collectors and fans can get your hands on them without the Massive IMPORT costs.
We have the following
Because there are so few quantities we are selling them only as a package bundled with a Witherfall shirt...
Those of you in countries outside the US can still order at:
Hey guys just a quick heads up regarding the "In Vino Veritas" sepcial edition (200 copies ltd) shipping... The Supplier has had a few issues with his shipments. Vinyl is a multi step process that requires three different warehouses and shipping and assembly points. We expect to receive the LPs around the 6th. We will ship as soon as we receive them.
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