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.
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!
9 / 10 – WITHERFALL have delivered an impressive follow-up
-9/10 Rock Tribune (B)-
‘A Prelude To Sorrow’ overwhelmed me upon first listen and has enough interesting details to keep surprising me"
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.
Due to scheduling conflicts, I will no longer be singing for Desert Dragon i wish the guys in the band good luck on their future endeavors... If you haven't checked it out yet... Here is a song off the record "Before the Storm" Called "Desert Horizons" produced by James "Jimbo" Barton of Queensrÿche fame. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLGCq-zyPhI
As of now, I have a ton of projects on my plate that need to be completed and most important of all the release ofWitherfall'sDebut album... Keep an eye/ear out for the single in December...
Last year Joseph Michael went into the studio with Desert Dragon and Producer James "Jimbo Barton to work on an album of classic rock/Prog/Pop The result "Desert Dragon - Before the Storm" will be released on 6/05/2015... The album Mixed by James "Jimbo” Barton known for his work with RUSH, QUEENSRŸCHE, ERIC CLAPTON, METALLICA. Also featuring three re-recorded songs from their debut album, Desert Dragon, ) re-mixed by Ralph Patlan (Producer/Mixer for MEGADETH, UFO, MICHAEL SCHENKER, BONDED BY BLOOD).
In Aug 2014 the band went into the studio in Los Angeles to mix their new album with James “Jimbo” Barton (Producer/Mixer for QUEENSRŸCHE, RUSH, ERIC CLAPTON, METALLICA). The result is Desert Dragons' most polished release to date "Before The Storm". The band has shifted its focus from Blues to Hard Rock and Psychedelia. This shift has given the band a new direction and they have even revamped some songs from their first album (“Take it Easy Now”, “Save My World”, and “Desert Horizons” ) to give them more hard rock content.
Last year Joseph Michael went into the studio with Desert Dragon and Producer James "Jimbo Barton to work on an album of classic rock/Prog/Pop The result "Desert Dragon - Before the Storm" will be released on 6/05/2015...
The album Mixed by James "Jimbo” Barton known for his work with RUSH, QUEENSRŸCHE, ERIC CLAPTON, METALLICA. Also featuring three re-recorded songs from their debut album, Desert Dragon, ) re-mixed by Ralph Patlan (Producer/Mixer for MEGADETH, UFO, MICHAEL SCHENKER, BONDED BY BLOOD). The band will open for ASIA in Los Angeles on 6/19/15, Friday 7pm.