Witherfall To Release “Vintage” EP

Witherfall have announced that they will be releasing a new EP titled “Vintage” on March 22. The effort will feature covers, acoustic tracks, and more. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

“Vintage” Track Listing:

01. “Vintage Medley” (“Vintage I”, “Nobody Sleeps Here…”, and “Vintage II”)
02. “A Tale That Wasn’t Right” (Helloween cover)
03. “Ode To Despair” (acoustic)
04. “The Long Walk Home (December)”
05. “I Won’t Back Down” (Tom Petty cover)
06. “Vintage” (album version)

The band commented:

“During the sessions for A Prelude To Sorrow, two cover songs were recorded that showed a different side of Witherfall, originally intended to be bonus tracks. A dark and somber version of Tom Petty’s ‘I Won’t Back Down’ with vocals recorded with Michael Wagener (Metallica, Skid Row) and an epic version of the Helloween classic ‘A Tale That Wasn’t Right’. With the announcement of the Sonata Arctica Acoustic Adventures tour, it was decided to release these covers along with a few acoustic renditions of favorite Witherfall tracks.

Along with new keyboardist Alex Nasla and session percussionist James “Timbali” Cornwell (Smokey Robinson, Earth Wind & Fire ), Joseph Michael, Jake Dreyer and Anthony Crawford retreated to Harmony Recording Studios in Hollywood, CA (Adele, Miley Cyrus) armed with acoustic guitars and bottles of wine to start working on acoustic arrangements for the tour. The sessions were fruitful and two acoustic versions of past Witherfall songs were recorded: a medley of ‘Vintage’ and ‘Nobody Sleeps Here…’ (originally on “Nocturnes and Requiems”) and an alternate arrangement of ‘Ode to Despair’. Instead of keeping these as secrets and finally making the rare ‘The Long Walk Home (December)’ also available to an audience outside of Japan, the Vintage EP offers a collection of music that shows another dimension of the Witherfall sound.”

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Witherfall Premiere “Vintage” Lyric Video

Witherfall have premiered a lyric video for their song “Vintage.” This track is from the band’s latest album “A Prelude To Sorrow.”

The group commented:

“’Vintage’ is the most personal song Witherfall has ever written. The backstory for ‘Vintage’ occurred in November of 2015 while Joseph Michael, Jake Dreyer and Anthony Crawford were waiting for Adam Sagan to arrive in Los Angeles for the first photoshoot for Nocturnes And Requiems. Joseph was on his way to pick up Adam from LAX when we received a call from Sagan on his way to the airport, he was having severe stomach pains and would need to head to the emergency room instead. At first he thought he was having appendicitis, it turned out he had Lymphoma. He was scheduled for Chemo immediately and could not come to Los Angeles. This was the reason there is not one full band photo of Witherfall with Adam.

To drown away their sorrows, Jake and Joseph headed over to a local Hollywood Wine Bar named Vintage. The bar having served its purpose is no longer there. There are three movements to this composition the last movement features our respective goodbyes to a fallen friend. Even if you did not know Adam Sagan this song should relate to anyone that has experienced the death of a loved one. Travel on my friend.”

Witherfall Premiere “Moment Of Silence” Video

Witherfall have premiered a new video for their new song “Moment Of Silence.” This track is from the band’s new album “A Prelude To Sorrow,” which will be released on November 2.

The band commented:

“Like our first single off of “A Prelude to Sorrow”, ‘Ode to Despair’, ‘Moment of Silence’ continues on with our dark tale of the last days of WITHERFALL drummer Adam Sagan. This song deals with the anger we felt towards not being able to control what the eventual outcome could be. The chorus was the first thing that came during the writing of this song. Joseph had chorus melody and progression written and actually showed it to Adam during the last visit they shared. Though the dark irony was not lost on him he loved the idea. ‘Moment of Silence’ went through multiple demo iterations before the one that is found on “A Prelude to Sorrow” was officially arranged and finalized by Jake and Joseph in Florida during the recording of ‘The Long Walk Home (December)’ in November of 2017. In our recent poll you had asked for a track that is “violent with a big chorus” well, here it is.”

Witherfall Premiere “Ode To Despair” Video

Witherfall have premiered a new video for their new song “Ode To Despair.” This track is from the band’s new album “A Prelude To Sorrow,” which will be released on November 2. The group commented:

“‘Ode To Despair’ was the first composition that was completed for ‘A Prelude To Sorrow’, so it only seems fitting to start off with this track. Its origin traces back to around 2016 when we were figuring out what to do with [late drummer Adam] Sagan being sick and unable to perform. Fueled by red wine and only a glimmer of the sorrow that was to come, ‘Ode’ took only one writing session to complete. The video was shot over the two-month span that we were in the studio tracking ‘A Prelude To Sorrow’ and watching the video brings you into the world we inhabited for what seems like an eternity… Special thanks to Don Adams and his masochistic tendencies and keen editor’s eye.”

Witherfall To Release New Album “A Prelude To Sorrow” In November

Witherfall have announced that they will be releasing their new album “A Prelude To Sorrow” on November 2. A trailer for the effort can be found below:

The band commented:

“‘A Prelude To Sorrow’ is a concept record, though not in the sense that most people have come to know the form. Ours is not a story where each song acts as a chapter. The inspiration lays in the supremely dark reality that was the passing of our drummer and one of our best friends, Adam Sagan. These songs are raw emotional reflections, composed in the witching hours under the influence of wine and sorrow, while watching and helping our friend fight and ultimately lose his battle with lymphoma. ‘Nocturnes And Requiems’ was dedicated to Adam after the fact. ‘A Prelude To Sorrow’ is written specifically about his and our personal tragedy. Like ‘Nocturnes and Requiems’, the songs have been arranged to still have the peaks and valleys that any great record should. With ‘Prelude’, these peaks just might be a little steeper and the valleys might be a little deeper, alternating between violence and beauty. The titles initials are an acronym for ‘Adam Paul Sagan.’ He came up with ‘Nocturnes And Requiems’ so we suppose it is kind of fitting that he also inspired this title. Hope he doesn’t come knocking on our door for royalties. We hope that this will be a fitting requiem for our friend and talented musician.”

“A Prelude To Sorrow” Track Listing:

01. “A Prelude To Sorrow”
02. “We Are Nothing”
03. “Moment Of Silence”
04. “Communion Of The Wicked”
05. “Maridian’s Visitation”
06. “Shadows”
07. “Ode To Despair”
08. “The Call”
09. “Vintage”
10. “Epilogue”

Witherfall To Start Recording New Album “A Prelude To Sorrow” This Month

Witherfall have confirmed that they will be hitting the studio later this month to start the recording prcess for their second album “A Prelude To Sorrow.” That effort is tentatively set to be released in November and it will feature artwork from Krisitan Wåhlin. The band said the following:

“Witherfall have finished writing and are deep into pre-production of our second LP. On 15 May, Witherfall will head into the studio to self-produce our follow-up to ‘Nocturnes And Requiems’. Tracking and engineering wizardry will be handled by JJ Crews at Boogie Tracks studios in Panama City. The compositions are both melodically violent and beautifully aggressive with a much darker tone than ‘Nocturnes’. More news to follow…”