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WITHERFALL – Announced As Special Guest On Evergrey’s “Recharging Europe Tour 2021”
In support of their new album “Escape Of The Phoenix” via AFM Records on February 26th 2021 Swedish progressive metal band EVERGREY will be hitting the road for an extensive tour throughout Europe in 2021.
As special guest EVERGREY invited no less than dark melodic heavy metal juggernaut from Los Angeles WITHERFALL. Bringing along their third opus “Curse Of Autumn” (to be released March 5th, 2021 via Century Media Records), the quintet are blazing new trails and weaving new tales, offering a genuine metal classic with an expressive song-writing and a refined and perfectionized sound of their distinguished and musically-adept dark melodic heavy metal.
Opening support comes from the Modern Metal quintet DUST IN MIND, one of the most up and coming French bands today.
EVERGREY Front-man Tom Englund states: "We are really happy to announce a tour of Europe next fall and let's all hope that the world is in a better place by that time so we get to see all you lovely people again!“
WITHERFALL comment: “After a long and tense year WITHERFALL are extremely happy to announce the very first tour dates in support of our soon to be released Album ‘Curse of Autumn’ as special guests with the brilliant Evergrey. We look forward to seeing all of our European friends and are excited to make some new ones in these new and uncharted waters.”
Rock Hard, Eclipsed, MusiX and metal.de present:
Recharging Europe Tour 2021
+ special guest: WITHERFALL
+ DUST IN MIND
08.10.21 (DE) Oberhausen - Resonanzwerk
09.10.21 (GB) London - 229 venue
10.10.21 (GB) Nottingham - Rescue Rooms
11.10.21 (GB) Bristol - The Fleece
12.10.21 (GB) Manchester - Academy 3
13.10.21 (GB) Newcastle - St Dom’s Social Club
14.10.21 (GB) Glasgow - Cathouse
15.10.21 (IE) Dublin - Voodoo Lounge
16.10.21 (GB) Birmingham - The Asylum 2
17.10.21 (NL) Leiden - Gebr. De Nobel
19.10.21 (DE) Stuttgart - Im Wizemann Club
20.10.21 (DE) Hamburg - Bahnhof Pauli
21.10.21 (DE) Berlin - Columbia Theater
22.10.21 (NL) Eindhoven - Dynamo
23.10.21 (BE) Vosselaar - Biebob
24.10.21 (DE) Mannheim - 7er Club
25.10.21 (DE) Nürnberg - Hirsch
26.10.21 (DE) Lindau - Club Vaudeville
27.10.21 (DE) Munich - Backstage Halle
29.10.21 (DE) Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
30.10.21 (DE) Andernach - Live Club
31.10.21 (CH) Luzern - Schüür
01.11.21 (FR) Colmar - Le Grillen
02.11.21 (FR) Lyon - CCO Villeurbanne
03.11.21 (ES) Barcelona - Boveda
04.11.21 (ES) Madrid - Shoko
05.11.21 (ES) Pamplona - Totem
06.11.21 (FR) Toulouse - L'Usine
07.11.21 (FR) Paris - Petit Bain
WITHERFALL have already released 3 songs taken from “Curse Of Autumn”. Don’t miss the cinematic video for “As I Lie Awake” that was directed by Zev Deans (Ghost, Behemoth…): https://youtu.be/KFbrq-n17Gs
Make sure to check out as well:
“Another Face (Lyric Video)”: https://youtu.be/jUDgiOskP0g
“The Last Scar (Visualizer Video)”: https://youtu.be/qybjieZibRU
“Curse Of Autumn” will be available as Ltd. CD Digipak, a luxurious Gatefold 2LP that is coming with a poster and etching on Side D as well as Digital Album. Click here for preorder options including coloured vinyl: https://witherfallband.lnk.to/CurseOfAutumn/
(photo by Stephanie Cabral)
Joseph Michael - Vocals/Keyboards (also in Sanctuary)
Jake Dreyer - Acoustic and Electric Guitars (also in Iced Earth/Demons & Wizards)
Anthony Crawford - Bass (Chon, Shalmor, Allan Holdsworth, Justin Timberlake, Kirk Whalum…)
Marco Minnemann - Drums (The Aristocrats, Joe Satriani, Steven Wilson, Tony Levin, Jordan Rudess, Necrophagist…)
Alex Nasla - Live Keyboards
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...
Joseph Michael (Witherfall, Sanctuary) Van Williams (ex-Nevermore, Ghost Ship Octavious), Anthony Crawford
(Witherfall, Chon), Joey Concepcion (Sanctuary, Jasta), Alex Nasla (Witherfall) and Will Wallner (White Wizzard)
have collaborated on an epic recreation of the Savatage Song "Chance". The Song includes all of the Vocal insanity
of the original and more. The song is set for a digital release July 18th, 2019.
Right now Joseph Michael is out with SANCTUARY performing it's 1988 debut album, "Refuge Denied", in its entirety on
the band's upcoming North American tour. The trek will kick off on July 11 in Atlanta and conclude on August 17 in
Seattle. Support on the tour will come from GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS, the band featuring former NEVERMORE drummer
"It is with great pleasure that we can finally announce that SANCTUARY are officially continuing on," the group said in a
"This small string of U.S. dates will serve as the starting point of many more things to come.
"To celebrate the deep history of the band and the connection the fans have with us, we will perform 'Refuge Denied' in its
entirety, along with other popular songs. Along for this journey, GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS will be joining us.
"2019 will be an exciting year."
Jul. 11 - Atlanta, GA - Basement
Jul. 12 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
Jul. 13 - Frederick, MD - Cafe 611
Jul. 14 - Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus Bar
Jul. 16 - Somerville, MA - Once Ballroom
Jul. 17 - Pittsburgh, PA - Crafthouse
Jul. 18 - Cincinnati, OH - North Side Yacht Club
Jul. 19 - Indianapolis, IN - Black Circle Brewery
Jul. 20 - Detroit, MI - Sanctuary
Jul. 21 - Chicago, IL - Reggies
Jul. 27 - HOA Germany
Aug. 09 - Alcatraz Festival
Aug. 16 - Portland, OR - Bossanova Ballroom
Aug. 17 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Sept. 04 - Atlanta, GA ProgPower USA
Youtube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82wrBg39TSs&feature=youtu.be
So, the new Sanctuary album is coming together. We are in rehearsals for our East Coast tour and some festival dates in Europe as well. Here is the artwork that is featured on a T-Shirt at http://www.SanctuaryOfficial.com
The artwork features Lyrics to the new Sanctuary song "Not Of The Living" Details coming soon...
Get Yours now!
Photo by Neil Lim Sang
SANCTUARY – return to Europe for special festival shows and discuss future plans in new video
On December 13th, 2017, Warrel Dane, the legendary lead singer of Sanctuary and Nevermore passed away while recording his posthumously released studio album “Shadow Work”. At that time, Sanctuary had already confirmed and announced a US tour supporting Iced Earth in February/March 2018 and while shocked by Warrel Dane’s passing, decided to turn it into a tribute to his legacy with exceptionally talented Witherfall vocalist Joseph Michael. Performing tracks from 1988’s “Refuge Denied”, 1990’s “Into the Mirror Black” and 2014’s “The Year the Sun Died”, Joseph Michael delivered a stunning performance and received very positive feedback from the fans attending the shows. Remaining founding members Lenny Rutledge (guitars) and Dave Budbill (drums) ultimately made the decision to continue with Sanctuary and new singer Joseph Michael not only as a live act, but also compose and record a new album, which is currently expected to surface in 2020.
Now, the band has confirmed two European festival shows this summer and will tour North America in July performing the entire “Refuge Denied” album as Lenny Rutledge explains:
“Sanctuary are looking forward to playing two special festival shows in Europe this summer in addition to our commemorative “Refuge Denied” dates in the US where we will perform our classic debut album in full. If you’re an old school Sanctuary fan or a fan of classic metal, you don’t what to miss this run of dates! Joseph Michael (Witherfall) is the new singer of Sanctuary and we will be playing songs from all 3 albums but focusing on the earlier material. Come check out the return of Sanctuary!”
Lenny Rutledge and Joseph Michael reveal more about Sanctuary’s future in this new video:
While the new album is still months away, Sanctuary will continue to perform live as Joseph Michael enables the group to do intense old school sets including the soaring vocals and high screams, fans know and love on albums such as “Refuge Denied” and “Into the Mirror Black”. Sometimes, great triumph comes from great tragedy, and this sounds true in regards to Sanctuary!
SANCTUARY live 2019
2019 North American tour - Performing all of “Refuge Denied”!
With special guests: Ghost Ship Octavius
July 11 Atlanta, GA - Basement
July 12 Chapel Hill, NC – Local 586
July 13 Frederick, MD – Cafe 611
July 14 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus Bar
July 16 Somerville, MA – Once Ballroom
July 17 Pittsburgh, PA – Crafthouse
July 18 Cincinnati, OH – North Side Yacht Club
July 19 Indianapolis, IN – Black Circle Brewery
July 20 Detroit, MI – Sanctuary
July 21 Chicago, IL – Reggies
August 16 Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom *
August 17 Seattle, WA – El Corazon *
* only SANCTUARY performing
Tickets and merch available at https://www.sanctuaryofficial.com/home
2019 European festival shows:
25. - 27.07.2019 Brande-Hörnerkichen (DE) Headbangers Open Air
10.08.2019 Kortrijk (BE) Alcatraz Festival
SANCTUARY “Inception” (Remixed & Remastered 1986 Demos) http://smarturl.it/SanctuaryINCEPTION
Also check out:
WARREL DANE “Shadow Work” https://warreldane.lnk.to/ShadowWorkID
WITHERFALL “A Prelude To Sorrow” https://witherfallband.lnk.to/APreludeToSorrow
WITHERFALL “Vintage – EP” https://witherfallband.lnk.to/vintageID
Happy New Years from all of us in WItherfall, we have exciting news to share with you within the next two weeks!
Sanctuary founding guitarist/songwriter gives an interview with Decibel Magazine regarding the future of Sanctuary and new Vocalist Joseph Michael..
Watch a clip from the Iced Earth/Sanctuary tour earlier this year...
Today US dark melodic metal masters WITHERFALL have released “A Prelude to Sorrow”, the highly anticipated follow-up to 2017’s “Nocturnes and Requiems”. Listen to the album in its entirety HERE.
Watch an unboxing video of “A Prelude To Sorrow” HERE.
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.
The following limited vinyl colors are available:
• 400x transparent blue vinyl – only available at www.witherfall.com/merch
• 200x clear vinyl – only available at Century Media’s European store http://bit.ly/WitherfallCMD
• CD/LP plus t-shirt bundles available here: https://merchnow.com/catalogs/witherfall
View all “A Prelude To Sorrow” order options: https://witherfallband.lnk.to/APreludeToSorrow
Stream the latest track from Witherfall. It is available on the Japanese ReIssue via Ward Records.
Trouble viewing? Click Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jENy4QvPR_o&feature=youtu.be
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 ...
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 \../,
In the Meantime check the latest Video for Portrait:
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.
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
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”
“…an epochal, truly progressive power metal masterpiece, full of vigour, darkness and energy”
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:
What We Are Dying For (6:54) --- watch Jake Dreyer’s playthrough video here
Act II (0:54)
The Great Awakening (3:24)
End Of Time (9:36) --- watch the lyric video here
Nobody Sleeps Here… (8:49)
Joseph Michael – vocals
Jake Dreyer – guitars
Anthony Crawford – bass
Adam Sagan – drums (R.I.P.)
Century Media Records online:
Century Media webshop:
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.
Hey guys WITHERFALL will be Streaming our Debut "Nocturnes And Requiems" via Loudwire
“Witherfall have everything going for them: superb chops, a keen sense for melody, an excellent grasp on songwriting and the ability to tie all that together into a package that sounds like wholly their own.”
“What a magnificent gift this was to us, the fans of Metal. Rest easy, Adam, for you and your band mates has come up with what could be one of the highlight releases of 2017.”
-Hard Rock Haven-
“Nocturnes And Requiems is a must buy for fans of great technical metal.”
-Sea of Tranquility-
Based out of Los Angeles, Calif., WITHERFALL is 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). The recording lineup is rounded out with the addition of acclaimed Bassist Anthony Crawford (Allan Holdsworth, Virgil Donati).
WITHERFALL will release their debut "Nocturnes And Requiems" this February 10th! But before they do, the band has teamed up with Loudwire for a full album stream of "Nocturnes And Requiems". Head HERE to listen to the entire new album and check out an exclusive interview with the band.
A longtime friend, Business Owner and all around supporter of the arts Robin Raabe will be collecting for and supporting a Fundraising Event for this AWESOME Venue and i have donated a few items to be auctioned off as well. Click on the link to make a contribution and if you are in the Upstate NY Area be sure to check out here place TRAMONTANE CAFE!
Make plans to be at The Stanley on Saturday, May 21st from 3:00pm-7:00pm for the ‘Support Our Stanley’ basket raffle and silent auction. This event is being organized by The Stanley Theater Volunteers and will feature, food, and a wide variety of raffle basket items and themes plus theater memorabilia! There will also be live music by Mike Peek and Jim Roberts from Sound Barrier, and Vinyl Vibe!
Some of our fabulous raffle items include an autographed over-sized wooden guitar stage prop from the cast of the Queen production ‘We Will Rock You’, an autographed Marshall Tucker Band acoustic guitar, autographed posters from REO Speedwagon, two season passes to Broadway Utica, an Irish Night basket including a signed poster and CD from the Elders, jewelry from Lennons- W.B. Wilcox, items from The Utica Comets, The Baseball Hall of Fame, artwork, local dinner certificates, an Adirondack chair... and MUCH MORE!
There will be beer and wine sampling, a wine-pull, a pizza contest, live music and food! Tickets are $5.00 in advance at The Stanley Box Office ($7.00 at the door). All proceeds will benefit The Stanley Theater, celebrating its 88th anniversary this year!
*For more information call The Stanley at 315.724.4000, or visit TheStanley.org.
The Video Below is "Dead Girls Don't Say No..." Featuring Starla Baker on Cello...
My co-producer at the time and i were inspired enough to write a song about it and enlist the voices of Starla Baker ex-Midnight Reign
and Ave Rose to create "MIAMI"... It is described as "Sounding Like Marylin Manson Getting Fucked in the ass By Pantera..." I am featured on the track singing backround vocals as well as playing all bass,guitar and keys. We had a lot of fun recording this track and it sounds like it.