Witherfall might be a new name in the music scene but many will be familiar with the musicians that created this project: guitarist Jake Dreyer, vocalist Joseph Michael and drummer Adam Sagan who sadly passed away before the release of the debut album “Nocturnes And Requiems”. Witherfall certainly worked hard on the genesis of “Nocturnes And Requiems” which features a rather stylish combo of progressive metal and darkened melodies.
“Portrait” stands out immediately for the exquisitely sophisticated guitar work heavily prog influenced with an overdose of classy shredding and neoclassical accents. There is a good amount of crunchy guitar riffs to keep a heavy groove alive but the highlights tend to be found in the melodic melancholy that lingers throughout the song and is particularly expressed in the soothing vocals.
“What We Are Dying For” features a sharp guitar driven rhythm that is always embellished by killer guitar leads and again loads of elegant shredding. A darkened aura holds a dominant role particularly when the tempo slows down with somber arpeggios and memorable Spanish style acoustic passages.
“End Of Time” shines for the charismatic neoclassical inspired guitars that create a luminous musical palette enhanced by complex tempo variations. Joseph Michael delivers eclectic inspired vocals with a remarkable classic metal approach as well as a more mellow style when passionate acoustic guitars channel intense sadness.
“Nobody Sleeps Here” is filled with moody melancholy while a solid virtuosic guitar style continues to surpass any expectation with enthralling licks and neoclassical melodies that are simply unforgettable. Again, Michael’s vocals effortlessly showcase great versatility shifting from soft melodic to a heavier powerful delivery.
With impressive musicianship and emotionally charged songwriting “Nocturnes And Requiems” proves to be a genuine musical effort that will righteously put Witherfall in the spotlight.