Based out of Los Angeles, California, 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). 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, the trio combined forces to begin writing for the new project in 2013.
Eager to resonate their ideas, Witherfall headed to Phoenix, Arizona to self-produce 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 (RobZombie, Queensrÿche, Hatebreed) at Planet Z. It resulted in eight masterfully executed tracks featuring the group’s dynamic blend of darkened melodic and progressive metal.
Nocturnes And Requiems is dedicated to the life of AdamSagan 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 1/3 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 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.”
Nocturnes And Requiems track listing:
2. “What We are Dying For”
3. “Act II”
5. “The Great Awakening”
6. “End of Time (watch)”
8. “Nobody Sleeps Here Anymore”