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Sacred Dawn

Formed: 2005
From: Chicago, IL, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Background

In January 2005, Lothar Keller was working on his first solo album when a vision of hard rock, progressive and heavy metal musical styles was conceived. The groundwork was then assembled for what would become Sacred Dawn.

After a rounding out the band with John Vitale, former guitarist of Chicago Megadeth tribute favorite, Highspeedirt, Joey Vega on bass and Brad “Sabbath” Sabbathne on drums, the band was complete.

Sacred Dawn pulls their influence from such bands as Dream Theater, Iron Maiden, Nevermore, Savatage, Queensryche, Fate’s Warning and many others. Through these influences, Sacred Dawn combines musical styles reminiscent of “old school metal” and molds them together with today’s harsh driving metal to get a sound with a progressive feel, leading Sacred Dawn in the pursuit to bring guitar solos, clean harmonizing vocals and true musicianship back into the metal scene today.

Latest Sacred Dawn News

Below is our complete Sacred Dawn news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

The Skull Recruits New Guitarists

The Skull, the new band formed by two original members of Chicago doom legends Trouble— vocalist Eric Wagner and drummer Jeff "Oly" Olson — alongside the band's longtime bassist, Ron Holzner, has now recruited guitarists Lothar Keller and Michael Carpenter of the Chicago, Illinois-based progressive power metal band Sacred Dawn.

Glen Drover (MEGADETH, TESTAMENT, KING DIAMOND) will not join the band as the guest touring guitarist due to scheduling conflicts. Commented Wagner, Olson, and Holzner in a statement:

"We welcome the twin guitar attack of Lothar Keller and Michael Carpenter from SACRED DAWN. Both guitarists have been playing together for many years and that's a big plus. We are excited to begin rehearsing for our upcoming shows!"

The following festival dates have been confirmed so far (more dates will be announced soon):

June 16 - Days of The Doomed Festival - Cudahy, WI - with EARTHEN GRAVE/BLACKFINGER
July 21 - Hells Pleasure Festival - Pößneck, Germany
September 01 - SHoD (Stoner Hands of Doom) - New London, Connecticut - with RETRO GRAVE
November 10th - Hammer of Doom Festival -Würzburg, Germany

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Sacred Dawn Signs To Dark Star Records

Dark Star Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Sacred Dawn:

"We are pleased to announce that the Chicago based progressive power metal band Sacred Dawn have inked a deal with Dark Star Records. With an innovative mix of heavy metal and hard rock plus a unique blend of vocal harmonies, Sacred Dawn has been said to deliver one of the most original progressive metal musical experiences heard since the dawn of true prog metal. Sacred Dawn pulls their influence from bands such as Dream Theater, Iron Maiden, Nevermore, Queensryche, Savatage, Fates Warning and many others.

"From their numerous live appearances across the Midwest to playing alongside international acts such as Symphony X, Cage, Firewind, Kamelot, and Epica, Sacred Dawn has garnered critical acclaim as well as fans around the world. Dark Star Records will be releasing the long awaited sophomore album entitled 'A Madness Within' in the spring of 2011. This new 10 song concept album was produced by Sacred Dawn and Chuck Macak of Electrowerks Music and includes a full color 16 page booklet."

You can also check out Sacred Dawn's video for "Delirium" below.

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Just For Fun

Christmas Metal 2010 Roundup

Another Christmas is just around the corner, which means jolly fat men in red suits scaring the bejeesus out of crying children and uncomfortable dinners with family members who don't actually like each other. Christmas isn't just caroling and spiked egg nog though, it's also another opportunity to rock out with some metal steeped in the holiday spirit. We already gave Christmas the metal treatment with a list of the top 10 most metal light shows, as well a new edition of the Rockstar Ramblings describing what aging rockers really want to get under the tree. Slipknot front man Corey Taylor also recently posted a Christmas music video here. To keep December heavy, we've also rounded up a list of the 2010 Christmas and Anti-Christmas rock and metal songs available online.

First off is the 2010 edition of the Misantrof AntiRecords "Holy Fucking AntiChristmas" compilation, which features 15 punk, instrumental, and metal tracks tearing the most commercial holiday of the year a new one. You can stream or download the songs here, and the track listing is as follows: More...

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Nightmare Records Offering Free Christmas Album

Nightmare Records have announced they are offering their "Merry Metal Christmas" album as a free MP3 download. The album can be downloaded at this location. The "Merry Metal Christmas" track listing is as follows:

1. Bethlehem (5:51) - Theocracy - Mirror Of Souls
2. A Chosen Truth (7:19) - Edgend - A New Identity
3. Kings will Come (4:02) - Narnia - Course of a Generation
4. Forsaken (6:54) - Futures End - Memoirs of a Broken Man
5. Sea of Tranquility (2:40) - Heart of Sun - Heart of Sun
6. One Silent Moment (4:32) - Cloudscape - Global Drama
7. Wicked Land of Winter (5:11) - Sacred Dawn - Christmas Single
8. Tears Of Pain (4:14) - Keith Miller - Over The Abyss
9. Silently We Fade (4:41) - Harmony - Chapter II: Aftermath
10. Fall from Grace (1:11) - Avian - Ashes And Madness
11. Spiritual Path (5:47) - Scelerata - Skeletons Domination
12. Believe (6:00) - Glass Spires - Glass Spires
13. The Harem-remastered (3:35) - Gemini - Gemini
14. In My Dreams (6:09) - Darkwater - Calling The Earth To Witness
15. Ancient song (5:39) - Dimension - EGO
16. The Chronicles of Jacob Marley (8:28) - Order of Nine - Christmas Single
17. Orchestration For More Than One Horn (0:36) - Evil Masquerade - Third Act
18. FireoftheAncients (5:27) - Defyance - Transitional Forms
19. You Give Me Love (5:49) - Grimmstine - Grimmstine
20. The Calm (5:59) - Perspective X IV - Shadow Of Doubt
21. Coming Home - remastered (6:28) - Gemini - Gemini
22. Shadow Of A Lucent Moon (7:22) - Andromeda - The Immunity Zone
23. Heaven’s Gate (5:20) - Six Minute Century - Time Capsules
24. From Now On (4:25) - Shining Star - Enter Eternity
25. Guitar Concierto (3:19) - Six Minute Century - Time Capsules

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Line-Up Announced For Midwest Metal Anthem

The Midwest Metal Anthem Festival is set to take place on August 21st and 22nd in Lansing, Illinois. The line-up will be as follows:

Friday, August 21

VICIOUS ATTACK (8:00-8:40pm)
M.S.O.D. (9:00-9:40pm)
EDEN'S FALL (10:00-10:40pm)
CONQUEST (11:00-11:40pm)
EARTHEN GRAVE (12:00-12:40am)
SOULS DEMISE (1:00-1:40am)

Saturday, August 22

CELLBOUND (8:00-8:40pm)
DEGRADATION (9:00-9:40pm)
SACRED DAWN (10:00-10:40pm)
DIVISION (11:00-11:40pm)
ANCIENT CREATION (12:00-12:40am)
A TORTURED SOUL (1:00-1:40am)

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Nightmare Metal Fest To Give Military Discount

The official 2009 Nightmare Metal Fest website has been updated with the following announcement about providing a military discount:

"Nightmare Metal Fest II, announced Friday it will be honoring America’s military by giving 25% discounts to all military personnel and their families who wish to attend the 2nd annual progressive and power heavy metal festival. The festival features Internationally signed and performing bands, some of whom are signed to Nightmare Records, a label based out of St Paul, MN.

"Nightmare Records owner Lance King said, “San Antonio has a large military population with several bases in the surrounding areas. In such times of sacrifice in our nation’s history, we felt strongly about supporting our troops and giving back to them. We are delighted to offer them this discount to attend the festival.”

"Nightmare Metal Fest II will be hosting its annual event at Warehouse Music, 1303 E Houston St. in downtown on the weekend of March 20-21, 2009. The festival features such acts as: Vicious Rumors, Mindwarp Chamber, Krucible, Six Minute Century, Imagika, Seven Witches and many more. Tickets may be purchased online at www.nightmaremetalfest.com or directly at the box office."

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Final Line-Up Announced For Nightmare Metal Fest

The official Nightmare Metal Fest website has been updated with the following statement about the band line-up:

"Come join the Prog/Power Metal Revolution! Nightmare Metal Fest II, which will be held March 20-21 at the Warehouse in San Antonio, Texas, announces new bands and some changes to the line-up.

"Unfortunately Jag Panzer will not be playing at the Fest.
Futures End has had to cancel because they are in the studio finishing their debut album.

"With these changes, this is the final band line-up:

VICIOUS RUMORS
SEVEN WITCHES
KRUCIBLE
ASKA
IMAGIKA
THEOCRACY
SACRED DAWN
SIX MINUTE CENTURY
LUNARIUM
HALCYON WAY
MINDWARP CHAMBER
ONE OF SIX
AETHERIUS More...

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More Bands Confirmed For 2009 Nightmare Metal Fest

Nightmare records has issued the following update about new bands being confirmed for the 2009 Nightmare Metal Fest:

"Come join the underground Prog/Power Metal revolution! We are proud to announce these artists have now been added to the lineup, SEVEN WITCHES (featuring James Rivera [HELSTAR], Mike LePond [SYMPHONY X] and Jack Frost [SAVATAGE] and FUTURES END (featuring Steve DiGiorgio and Jon Allen of SADUS) have been confirmed for the Nightmare Metal Fest II, set to take place March 20-21 at The Warehouse in San Antonio, Texas."

The current list of confirmed bands includes:

JAG PANZER
SEVEN WITCHES
FUTURES END
KRUCIBLE
SACRED DAWN
HALCYON WAY
IMAGIKA
MINDWARP CHAMBER

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Bands Confirmed For 2009 Nightmare Metal Fest

The 2009 Nightmare Metal Fest website has issued the following update about the location and the first confirmed bands:

"Come join the underground Prog/Power Metal revolution! NIGHTMARE METAL FEST II will be held this year in San Antonio, Texas on Friday, March 20th and Saturday, March 21st. We’re very excited to announce in its second year, Nightmare Metal Fest, will take place at THE WAREHOUSE music venue right on the River Walk in San Antonio.

We are going to have a stellar lineup and are proud to announce the first confirmations: the prolific JAG PANZER, Chicago based MINDWARP CHAMBER, KRUCIBLE(featuring members of PYRAMAZE/BALANCE OF POWER, HELSTAR, Z-LOT-Z, SIXMINUTE CENTURY) on the heals of their newly released debut album "a Manifesto for Domination" HALCYON WAY, a return performance from SACRED DAWN."

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Nightmare Metal Fest 2008 Finalizes Lineup

The Nightmare Metal Fest 2008 has finalized its lineup for this weekend's festival. Here are the details, bands and notes:

FRIDAY MARCH 21ST -
THE NIGHTMARE METAL FESTIVAL DAY 1 - $10 ADVANCE TICKETS, $15 DAY OF, DOORS 6PM, SHOWTIME 7:30PM
ORDER TICKETS ONLINE AT www.clubbourbonstreet.com

Lineup -
CAGE - NATIONAL METAL ACT
DISASTERPEACE - Featuring local legend WADE BLACK of Crimson Glory fame, plus Pete Blakk and Hal Patino of the classic King Diamond lineup
ORDER OF NINE - NIGHTMARE RECORDS BAND
SACRED DAWN - NIGHTMARE RECORDS BAND
SHADES OF TWILIGHT More...

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Chris Caffrey, Zak Stevens To Play Nightmare Fest

On Saturday March 22nd, Nightmare Metal Fest will be host to a very special show by Chris Caffery and Zak Stevens (SAVATAGE, DR. BUTCHER) also known greatly for their work with TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA and CIRCLE II CIRCLE. These two long time musical friends will reunite in the area of SAVATAGE's inception and will be performing a special set that may include songs from their SAVATAGE years, DR. BUTCHER and or other interesting moments of musical collaborations.

Here is the line-up for the Nightmare Metal Fest so far:

FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2008 - Doors at 6pm
CAGE
DISASTERPEACE (featuring Wade Black –Crimson Glory and Pete Blakk of King Diamond)
ORDER OF NINE
SACRED DAWN
SHADES OF TWILIGHT

SATURDAY, MARCH 22, 2008 - Doors at 12pm
CHRIS CAFFERY & ZAK STEVENS and friends
X-THIRTIEN
AVIAN
WARMACHINE
DIMENSION
POWND
SIX MINUTE CENTURY
(Dinner break )
FAST TAKER
DECEPCION
NEGATIVE 1
SEVENTH BURNING
CHAOS ARCADE

The festival takes place at the Bourbon Street Nightclub, located at 4331 US Hwy 19, New Port Richey Florida 34652 (25 Minutes from Clearwater; 30 Minutes from Tampa).

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Sacred Dawn Signs To Nightmare Records

Nightmare Records has announced the signing of Sacred Dawn, one of Chicago, Illinois' premiere power/prog metal bands.

“We’re very excited about our partnership with this talented band, I’m happy to announce their addition to the Nightmare family of artists,” remarked Lance King, owner of Nightmare.

“All of us with Sacred Dawn would like to thank Nightmare for this opportunity to join a very talented and remarkable family of artists,” said Lothar Keller, lead guitarist and lead vocalist of Sacred Dawn, speaking on behalf of Joey Vega on bass guitar, Brad Sabbath on drums and Johnny Vitale on guitar and backing vocals. More...

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