SACRED DAWN SUMMARY:
Sacred Dawn burst onto the Chicago metal scene in 2005 with an innovative mix of progressive metal and old-school hard rock. The band's unique blend of vocal harmonies delivered by front man and lead guitarist Lothar Keller set the band apart and launched numerous live appearances across the Midwest in support of international acts such as Symphony X, Cage, Firewind, Kamelot, Epica, Loudness, Testament... to name a few.
Through the years the band endured line-up changes resulting in downtime between releases, but also allowed Keller the opportunity to spread his wings musically. First by joining Divinity Compromised in 2009 as their front man/vocalist and in 2012 he co-founded Doom legends The Skull as guitarist and co-songwriter... along side with Chicago-based genre pioneers Eric Wagner & Ron Holzner (Trouble). Sacred Dawn began writing new material again in 2018 when guitarist John Vitale returned to Chicago. Drummer Mike Mousel (Divinity Compromised) completed the newly-reformed line-up along with bassist Joey Vega and Keller. Sacred Dawn even invited a few guest musicians such as keyboardist Paul Rau (Spillage) for the opening track Das Chaos Beginnt and also bassist Mike Lepond (Symphony X, Ross the Boss, Death Dealer) to do a bass solo in the song “The Lake of the Dismal Swamp”. Kellers wife Rena Keller brings her vocal talents as well in the song “The Lake of the Dismal Swamp”. The highly anticipated album “Dismal Swamp will be Sacred Dawns 3rd full length album since 2012 and will be released on Qumran Records and No Dust Records on Sept 29th, 2023.