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Joseph Michael (Witherfall, Sanctuary) Van Williams (ex-Nevermore, Ghost Ship Octavius) Joey Concepcion (Sanctuary, ex-Armageddon, Jasta) Anthony Crawford (Witherfall, Chon, ex Alan Holdsworth) Alex Nasla (Witherfall) Will Wallner (White Wizzard)

“Produced, Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by Alex Nasla at Harmony Studios West Hollywood, CA”

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Sanctuary Into The Mirror Black 30th Year Anniversary Edition 

SANCTUARY – to release 30th Anniversary Edition of “Into The Mirror Black” on October 9th, 2020. Presales are available now!

Pre-order your copy on CD or vinyl now:

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“Into The Mirror Black”, originally released in 1990, is a truly special, much revered metal record, which received massive critical acclaim back when it came out and is still loved dearly to the very day. 

Its gloomy atmosphere and thought-provoking lyrics, its brilliant mix borderlining heavy and thrash metal, its stellar guitar work and the expressive vocals of the one and only Warrel Dane (R.I.P.) are just some of the reasons why this record stood the test of time. 

In 2020, “Into The Mirror Black” celebrates its 30th anniversary and while the plans to commemorate this event live with current singer Joseph Michael (Witherfall) had to be postponed, these limited triple vinyl and double CD deluxe editions created with guitarist Lenny Rutledge, honour the timeless grandeur of “Into The Mirror Black” extremely well and will be released through Century Media Records as strictly limited formats on October 9th, 2020. 

Lenny Rutledge comments:

“We are so excited to finally be releasing this special edition of “Into The Mirror Black”! The remaster of the original songs sounds awesome and the 1990 “Black Reflections” live concert is finally going to be released in all its authentic live glory. The live material was mixed and mastered by Zeuss and is presented as recorded. No re-recordings or overdubs. Look for Sanctuary on tour in Fall of 2021 playing the entire “Into The Mirror Black” set. We cant wait to bring the live show to Europe, USA and South America in 2021.”

The album was carefully remastered by Zeuss (Queensrÿche, Iced Earth, Overkill) to make it sound a bit fuller and heavier without losing the original feel and the extra tracks are real gems for SANCTUARY devotees: Three previously unreleased studio demos (incl. ‘I’m Insane’) and an entire, newly mixed 10-track live album from 1990, which was only partially released on a rare promo-EP. “The concert from 1990 is a total snapshot in time,” says Zeuss, “when the band was at its peak. It’s captured before the initial breakup which led to Warrel and Jim forming Nevermore. Hearing it brought me right back to the first time I personally saw them.” 

Apart from its sonic treasures, this new edition also offers tons of rare and previously unpublished photos as well as liner notes from Lenny Rutledge and bassist Jim Sheppard, who share memories, good and bad, tour stories and give insight into the creation of this opus resulting in a companion release to 2017’s “Inception”. 

“Into The Mirror Black (30th Anniversary Edition)” will be released as limited LP edition containing three 180 gram vinyls housed in a widespined Gatefold sleeve and includes an 8-page LP-sized booklet, and the 2CD format comes in a digipak and slipcase packaging. 

The tracklisting is below: 

DISC 1 (60:53) 

1. Future Tense (5:07) 

2. Taste Revenge (5:03) 

3. Long Since Dark (5:06) 

4. Epitaph (6:03) 

5. Eden Lies Obscured (5:23) 

6. The Mirror Black (5:06) 

7. Seasons of Destruction (4:51) 

8. One More Murder (4:20) 

9. Communion (5:38) 

10. Future Tense (Demo 1989) (5:16) 

11. I Am Insane (Demo 1989) (4:04) 

12. Mirror Black (Demo 1989) (4:56) 


DISC 2 (49:26) 

1. Eden Lies Obscured (Live 1990) (5:15) 

2. Seasons of Destruction (Live 1990) (5:01) 

3. Die For My Sins (Live 1990) (4:05) 

4. Future Tense (Live 1990) (5:15) 

5. White Rabbit (Live 1990) (5:37) 

6. Taste Revenge (Live 1990) (5:09) 

7. Long Since Dark (Live 1990) (5:08) 

8. Sanctuary (Live 1990) (4:25) 

9. One More Murder (Live 1990) (4:13) 

10. Battle Angels (Live 1990) (5:18)

The “Into The Mirror Black (30th Anniversary Edition)” will be also available as limited lilac vinyl (200 copies, exclusively available through and limited grey vinyl (300 copies). 

Pre-order your copy on CD or vinyl now:

Line-up (on this recording): 

Warrel Dane - Vocals 

Lenny Rutledge - Guitars 

Sean Blosl - Guitars 

Jim Sheppard - Bass 

Dave Budbill – Drums 

Line-up (current): 

Joseph Michael - Vocals 

Lenny Rutledge - Guitars 

George Hernandez - Bass 

Dave Budbill – Drums 

SANCTUARY online: 




Record Store Day and The Music Indusry Needs you! 

Today we celebrate Record Store Day as a reminder of what actually supports the music and artists whose work you consume, art that enriches your lives and stimulates your imaginations. (Hopefully along with a good bottle of some intoxicating substance and attractive company)  We have some exciting announcements coming soon. The album is done!!!!!!!!!!!!   For those that pre-ordered an email is going out shortly. Thank you so much for supporting WItherfall...


We have partnered with quite a few record shops all over the world including ZIA Records (Las Vegas,Phoenix & Tucson), Amoeba Music (Los Angeles,San Fransisco & Berkley) Underground Power Records (Germany), Cash4Chaos (Las Vegas), Steel Gallery Records (Greece) and many more. Hopefully we can get a treatment for Covid and these great establishments will come out of this thing with minimal harm.

Since you cannot make it to any stores we are doing a special promotion; today only enter code RECORDSTOREDAY15 and take 15% off your entire order. Just visit our Store here:


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Witherfall Tempest Red Blend T Shirts and New Music... 

Hey there, Witherfall are hard at work isolating ourselves in a recording studio to produce the next epic release. We cannot divulge too many details at the moment but we can say that it will be the most epic recording to date, with some surprise guests.

For now until July 31st  you can pre-order a couple of packages that will include a free gift that no-one else will receive after that date. Order Here:

Witherfall III Packages are Vinyl or CD...


Witherfall Shirts come in S-XXXL

order your bottles of Witherfall "Tempest Red Blend" Vintage 2020 here:

Witherfall Tempest Red Blend Wine Now Available 





(Los Angeles, CA – March 30, 2020) – US dark melodic metal act WITHERFALL announce Tempest Red Blend wine. The band partnered up with one of their favorite California wineries, Carlie & Echo, to bring fans their very own limited edition red blend. The wine will be shipping starting May 1st and is available for purchase HERE.   


“With the amount of red wine that various members of Witherfall consume on a daily basis, it is only fitting that we partnered up with one of our favorite California Wineries Charlie & Echo  to introduce our very own Witherfall ‘Tempest Red Blend’. Witherfall vocalist Joseph Michael met with Charlie & Echo chief Eric Van Drunen during an event and sampled some of the wines,” states Witherfall about the announcement. During these apocalyptic times, with everyone now shuttered inside, the best way we can think of to cope and escape the madness is to become comfortably numb with a nice bottle of ‘Tempest Red Blend’ accompanied by attractive company and your favorite Witherfall tracks spinning in the background.” 


"I was instantly in love with the dark variety of reds i sampled. They perfectly matched my palate. We spoke for a few months and finally we are able to bring you this collaboration,” states Witherfall frontman Joseph Michael. 


"We were thrilled when Witherfall approached us about teaming up on a wine, and we're really pleased with the Tempest Red Blend that we've created. A blend of Petite Sirah, Syrah, Nebbiolo and Zinfandel, it exudes depth, complexity and richness, while maintaining a melodic vibrancy. The wine was made completely naturally from a vineyard farmed using only organic methods, so there's an honesty to it that I think reflects the values of the music,” states Charlie & Echo winemaker, Eric Van Drunen. 



Witherfall is currently back in the studio working on their new album. Stay tuned for more details on the band’s forthcoming third full-length album by following the band on socials. 

Vintage, Witherfall’s recent EP, was released Spring 2019 to much anticipation from the metal world. Vintage includes acoustic interpretations of tracks from the band’s previous acclaimed releases A Prelude to Sorrow and Nocturnes and Requiems. It also includes covers of Helloween’s “A Tale That Wasn’t Right” and Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down”. Vintage is available to stream and purchase HERE.    

WITHERFALL is Joseph Michael (Vocals/Guitar/Keyboards), Jake Dreyer (Guitars), Anthony Crawford (Bass), Alex Nasla (Keyboards), and Bruno Valverde (Live Drums). 

Purchase/Stream A Prelude To Sorrow: 

Purchase/Stream Nocturnes and Requiems


Watch “Ode To Despair”: 


Watch “Vintage”: 


RIP Paul Sternquist 

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...

Witherfall In Contention for Multiple 2019 Grammy Awards 

The Grammy Awards voting period is in full swing and this season Witherfall is once again in the running! 

This year our #DarkMelodicMetal Opus about our fallen Friend and Drummer Adam Sagan is in contention. 

If you are a voting member click here and login: 

Like some larger bands (Ghost pictured) we do not have ads in Billboard mag or other trades. Just the support of fans, professionals and the appreciation from #musicians of complex and left of center musical ambition. 

Categories are: 

Witherfall - A Prelude To Sorrow (#76) #AlbumOfTheYear… 

Witherfall - Vintage (#076) #BestMetalPerformance 

Witherfall - Shadows (#381) #BestRockPerformance 

Witherfall - Ode To Despair (#0706) #SongOfTheYear 
Witherfall - Ode To Despair (#1123) #RecordOfTheYear 

PS: Witherfall have officially begun the Pr-Production/Arranging stages of our next record. 
As you may well know a lot of #PinotNoir and #BelvedereVodka gets consumed during these times. To fund our bad habits we are having a special sale: Share this post and go to: 
and get 20% anything at our shop! 

The code expires November 20th the day that the #GrammyNominations are announced.


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