Witherfall is the passion project of current Iced Earth guitarist Jake Dreyer and singer Joseph Michael. The pair met while playing together in White Wizzard before deciding to collaborate on Witherfall – along with drummer Adam Sagan – in 2013. A EP from Dreyer and Sagan even had a track featured in Rock Band. Not bad for a first release, eh?
“What We Are Dying For” is a straight-up banger off the band’s debut full-length, Nocturnes and Requiems. It’s a doozy, clocking in around 7 minutes and including plenty of dynamics shifts to keep attentive listeners on their toes. The album itself’s been out since February 10th, so it’d be wise to check it out.
It’s worth noting that the record wasn’t haphazardly thrown together, either. The band recruited Ralph Patlan to engineer it, who’s previously worked with Megadeth.
Nocturnes and Requiems is actually dedicated to Adam Sagan, who sadly passed away well into the final production stages of the album. Though he wasn’t able to see its release, his contribution to Witherfall can be enjoyed by fans and remembered by his friends and band mates. Rest well, dude.
If you’d like to keep up with anything and everything Witherfall, here would be a good place to start.