„Witherfall im Interview“

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Nach ihrem zweiten Studioalbum „A Prelude to Sorrow“ gibt’s 2021 einen neuen Langspieler der Dark-Prog Formation „Witherfall“ aus Los Angeles. Zwischenzeitlich gab es die EP „Vintage“ (2019). Für Curse of Autumn wurde Jon Schaffer als Produzent ins Boot geholt und Jim Morris für die Aufnahmen und den Mix, welcher bei Independence Hall and Morrisound Recordings gemacht wurde. Gemastert wurde das neue Werk von Tom Morris (Trans-Siberian Orchestra) bei Morrisound Recordings.

Ich durfte Jake Dreyer einige Fragen zu „Curse of Autumn“, meine Review könnt ihr HIER lesen, stellen und hier ist das Interview für euch!

Jake Dreyer – Witherfall

Tobi – Metal and Me

Dear Jake. My name is Tobi. Thank you for taking the time to answer me a few questions. I run a Facebook page and a web blog. On these pages I post reviews of current albums, interviews, band presentations and reports about concerts that I visit with a wheelchair. On the one hand, to tell other wheelchair users how the venue is equipped in terms of accessibility and, on the other hand, how best to proceed to get tickets, because this is usually not possible with conventional ticket portals. Of course, I also rate the bands‘ performance. Today I have a few questions for you about your upcoming Album „Curse of Autumn“. But first of all:

How are you doing?

All things considered, alright. Wine helps. Last year was a crazy but productive year in the Witherfall universe. 2021 so far has been absolutely terrible. 

How excited are you, when you realize that the release is coming closer?

I think it produces more anxiety than excitement. 

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„The Last Scar“ Was my first track that I heard from you and it rocked a lot. Why did you release thetitle track as the first track?

We wanted to have the first track that was released be something very aggressive and something that Witherfall maybe hasn’t done too much of in the past. We have definitely explored this sort of sound in our back catalogue but not an entire song that was this aggressive. It is also a great way to let the listeners know that they will be on their toes through out this release cycle. As every song on Curse of Autumn sounds not alike. 

Let´s talk about your new Record „Curse of Autumn“! What is the main difference between your newand the previous album?

It is all very natural how we progress with our albums. We always approach them with massive amounts of red wine and an acoustic guitar. So musically Curse of Autumn is a very diverse record and goes into different layers of darkness and themes. As apposed to A Prelude to Sorrow which did that but in another direction. Sonically this record is in my opinion the best production we have managed to achieve in our career. At the end of the day though both are hard to compare but they are both still all Witherfall. 

How can a fan imagine working on an epic 15 minute song and how proud are you of „And They All Blew Away“?

I certainly consider “All Blew Away” one of the best Witherfall compositions. Up there with Tempest, Vintage and “Nobody Sleeps here.” I am very happy with how this one turned out. The actual composition of the song is broken up into three different movements. So writing it took some multiple sessions to get the right mood for those sections. The initial compositional concept was there immediately it was coloring it in if you will that took the effort. The focus from a writing perspective is to have a song that can be a 15 minute prog epic that takes the listener on a huge journey but at the end of the day it is still a song. All the parts have to have a purpose.

Will we be able to enjoy and hear „And They All Blew Away“ live when it is possible to play shows again?

We are going to need to start headlining some major festivals before that one comes out in the set list. We would only be able to play 4 songs for the entire set. When we do actually do it we will make sure that we have a production budget big enough to have an actual hurricane appear on stage. 

A few words to your Fans out there in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and all the Others in the World?

Jake, We will see you all very soon hopefully on tour this fall of 2021 with Evergrey! Check our website http://www.witherfall.com  for tour dates Thank you very much for the interview Tobi! 

Thanks for the Interview. Something that is important to me: Stay healthy and heavy!

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Joseph Michael | Vocals/Keyboards
Jake Dreyer | Acoustic and Electric Guitars
Anthony Crawford | Bass
Marco Minnemann | Drums
Alex Nasla | Live Keyboards

Photo by Stephanie Cabral

Danke für euer Interesse an meinem Interview mit Jake Dreyer von Witherfall zum Album „Curse of Autumn“. Die neue Scheibe erschien am 05.03.2021 bei Century Media Records.

Bleibt gesund und munter!
Tobi