Witherfall – Sounds Of The Forgotten Review

Joseph Michael and Jake Dreyer Lead Witherfall to New Heights with "Sounds Of The Forgotten"...

Deathwave Records

Release: 31 May 2024

Genre: Melodic Metal

Links: https://linktr.ee/witherfall

 

Line Up:

Joseph Michael

Jake Dreyer

Anthony Crawfford

Chris Tsaganeas

Gerry Hirshfeld

+ Marco Minnemann 

 

Tracklist:

1. They Will Let You Down 
2. Where Do I Begin 
3. A Lonely Path 
4. Insidious 
5. Ceremony Of Fire 
6. Sounds Of The Forgotten 
7. Aftermath 
8. When It All Falls Away 
9. Opulent 
10. What Have You Done 

 

Witherfall’s latest release, “Sounds Of The Forgotten,” stands as a pinnacle achievement in the band’s esteemed career. Distributed by DeathWave Records, the album builds upon the critical acclaim garnered by its predecessor, “Curse of Autumn,” solidifying Witherfall’s esteemed position within the music industry. Helmed by vocalist and lyricist Joseph Michael and guitarist Jake Dreyer, the band embarks on a profound journey of self-reflection and resilience, exploring themes of heartbreak, fury, and unyielding determination.

Photo Credit: Stephanie Cabral

The album serves as a testament to Witherfall’s prowess in composition and production, seamlessly blending aggressive rhythms, intricate arrangements, and soaring vocals. Tracks like “They Will Let You Down” and “Ceremony of Fire” exemplify the band’s capacity to craft dynamic and emotive compositions that resonate deeply with audiences. “Sounds Of The Forgotten” also witnesses the evolution of Witherfall’s lineup, with drummer Chris Tsaganeas and multi-instrumentalist Gerry Hirschfeld adding layers of depth and complexity to the band’s sonic landscape.

Lyrically, the album delves into themes of resilience and empowerment, with Joseph Michael’s introspective prose and commanding vocal delivery imbuing the music with emotional depth and authenticity. Recorded at renowned studios across the United States, including The Doghouse Studios and Big Blue North Studios, the album benefits from the expertise of acclaimed producer and engineer Chris “Zeuss” Harris, ensuring a polished and immersive listening experience.

 

With a history deeply rooted in the metal scene, Witherfall has honed their unique blend of dark melodic metal infused with progressive elements and thrash influences. Drawing inspiration from diverse musical backgrounds, including former experiences in bands like Iced Earth and Sanctuary, the band members bring a wealth of talent and expertise to their craft.

Listening to the intensity of tracks like “Insidious” evokes a visceral experience akin to the classic records of Matt Barlow’s era with Iced Earth. Joseph Michael’s impassioned delivery adds an undeniable ferocity, while the dark undertones and intricate rhythms captivate listeners with their addictive allure. “Ceremony of Fire” further exemplifies Witherfall’s prowess, delivering a relentless onslaught of twisted riffs and explosive energy, elevated by Michael’s commanding vocals and masterful solo work.

The album’s title track stands out as a highlight, boasting a melodic chorus of unparalleled catchiness and artistry. Coupled with infectious grooves and stellar drumming, it exemplifies Witherfall’s ability to craft memorable and impactful compositions that resonate long after the music fades.

“Sounds Of The Forgotten” shows how Witherfall tells stories in new ways and promotes their brand. It proves that Witherfall is still making great music and sticking to their artistic ideas. It also shows they’re a big deal in today’s metal scene.

Aggressive rhythms,Intricate arrangements,Soaring vocals,”They Will Let You Down”,”Ceremony of Fire”,Evolution of lineup,Chris Tsaganeas,Gerry Hirschfeld,Empowerment,Chris “Zeuss” Harris,Storytelling,Branding,Collaboration,Album artwork,Wine and beer partnerships,Metal scene,Dark melodic metal,Prog elements,Thrash riffs

Score: 8/10

Reviewed by: Shadow Editor

 

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