Melodic metal masters Witherfall return! After a whirlwind year of triumph and tragedy, California-based Witherfall is poised to storm the hallowed halls of heavy metal with its new album, A Prelude to Sorrow. Since the self-release of their debut album, Nocturnes and Requiems, in 2017, Witherfall has signed a worldwide deal with Century Media, had their album re-released globally, and played their first-ever show aboard the much-vaunted 70000 Tons of Metal Cruise. But the ascent up and through the ranks was (and still is) bittersweet.
The untimely and unfortunate passing of drummer Adam Paul Sagan in 2016 has impacted Witherfall profoundly. Whereas Nocturnes and Requiems was a touching dedication to Sagan, A Prelude to Sorrow continues the group’s tribute to and celebration of their fallen brother. The album title, A Prelude to Sorrow, is derived from Sagan’s initials. The music was inspired and informed by the emotional turmoil primary songwriters Jake Dreyer (guitars) and Joseph Michael (vocals, keyboards) went through. As the album title indicates, A Prelude to Sorrow isn’t big rainbows, cartoon pumpkins, and neon knights.