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Review: Witherfall - A Prelude to Sorrow
A Prelude to Sorrow

Label: Century Media Records
Year released: 2018
Duration: 58:16
Tracks: 10
Genre: Progressive Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: December 9, 2018
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
A Prelude to Sorrow

Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (6 Votes)

I truly enjoyed Witherfall's debut, Nocturnes and Requiems, in a way that made me wonder why I didn't like progressive metal more. It is full of sharp, concise writing, welcoming vocal lines and tasteful musicianship that doesn't beat you over the head with its technical proficiency. That made it quite an exciting day when their second album, A Prelude to Sorrow, dropped in my review queue. My excitement quickly turned to frustration and disappointment as I listened to the once bright, emotional songwriting get brushed aside in favor of down-tuned instruments and omnipresent screaming. I would be telling an untruth if I said the playing was any less proficient as the band members are obviously talented and what made them decide to change their songwriting formula is not something they needed to run by me first. That said, A Prelude to Sorrow is an absolute chore to sit through. It's fine if Witherfall wanted to push the envelope, and some folks will probably enjoy the new direction but personally, I think substituting down-tuning for heaviness and screaming through much of the album when singer Joseph Michael has such a tremendous voice is a waste of talent. If you are a fan of Nevermore, especially the early stuff, and Sanctuary, this is going to be right up your alley. I'll take Nocturnes and Requiems.

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