INTERVIEW: Joseph Michael and Jake Dreyer of Witherfall “We don’t receive anything, no direction at all.”

Today US dark melodic metal masters WITHERFALL have released “A Prelude to Sorrow”, the highly anticipated follow-up to 2017’s “Nocturnes and Requiems”.

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). Capital Chaos TV’s Zoran Theodorovic had the pleasure of chatting with Joseph Michael and Jake Dreyer of Witherfall earlier this week, enjoy below.

On working with Century Media and differences now they are owned by Sony
Jake Dreyer…We don’t receive anything, no direction at all. That was part of our contract, we didn’t want any creative input at all from the label, definitely when it cam time to writing music, that not even a thought. We also signed with Century when they were already bought by Sony, so it wasn’t as if we could see a difference, as far as them being their own independent entity versus going with a major label.
Joseph Michael….I think a lot of people saw that as a negative when CM got bought out by Sony, but its been actually really good. If you think about it, they still have all of their experienced metal guys over there in Europe and now they have the corporate backing with better budgets of Sony.


On working with session drummer Gergo Borlai

Jake Dreyer…  Just to be with a true musician like that is a real pleasure. He’s worked with some of the biggest, bad ass musicians out there, Al Di Meola being one of them. It was a true honor. He was the first drummer we played with outside of Adam and it turned out that we couldn’t use him in the band full time, but to be able to do the record with him was just great.

On what they learned while being in White Wizzard.
Jake Dreyer…..What not not to do, I love Jon as a person, we had a lot of fun times with him and everything. Unfortunately the running of that band, was just fucked in every way you can imagine, Joseph and I our goal was to do a complete opposite of that. It requires a ton of work, but I think its definitely a better way to go.
Joseph Michael….We actually formed Witherfall as that band (White Wizzard) was clashing while in the U.K.

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