Witherfall's Jake Dreyer: "We don't sit down and say, ‘We've got to make this the hardest thing to play ever.’ It just happens to sometimes come out that way"

Jake Dreyer of Witherfall
(Image credit: Stephanie Cabral)

“We wanted to do something that had no boundaries,” 29-year-old guitar phenom Jake Dreyer says of Witherfall, the LA-based progressive power metal group he formed with singer Joseph Michael in 2013. 

Both artists have logged time in plenty of other acts – Dreyer’s resume includes stints as a hotshot shredder for everyone from White Wizzard and Iced Earth to Demons & Wizards and Kobra and the Lotus – but, he says, “when it came to songwriting, a lot of the projects and bands we've worked with would say, ‘Well, this isn't our style…’ So we just decided to do our own thing that wasn’t really bound by any style.”

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.