Dark metal specialist Jake Dreyer (formerly of Iced Earth) formed Witherfall in 2016, and, after a tragedy befell the band with the passing of drummer Adam Sagan, they’ve released their second album and epitaph to their friend, ‘A Prelude To Sorrow’.
Kicking off in a calm and ominous manner, the introduction eludes to a slow progressive album, but this is swiftly dispatched in ‘We Are Nothing’ and ‘Moment Of Silence’, which showcases the technical prowess of the band combining outright aggression with semi-acoustic instrumentation and great sections of groove metal.
Ensuring there are moments to breathe between the tirades, ‘The Call’ and ‘Maridian’s Visitation’ slow the tempo down using a mixture of stringed instruments and distant atmospheric synth work that allow for more of a dark narrative approach to the lyrics.
Veering down the darker passages, ‘Shadows’ is an intelligent interplay between an instrumental track and an operatic thrash epic. It uses varying different intersections that play into the realm of chaos, but maintain a continuity of understandability.
‘Vintage’ dances between drama and riotous aggression, climaxing with the full varied scope of genres available. It even introduces classic guitar solos and a progressive format that delightfully rounds out the album before the final track, ‘Epilogue’. The juxtaposition between the aggression and dark atmosphere are neatly co-ordinated in the song structure, and have blisteringly inspired heavier sections that makes ‘A Prelude To Sorrow’ stand out from just being a progressive experience.
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