SANCTUARY and NEVERMORE singer Warrel Dane was interviewed on the latest installment of HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta’s official podcast, “The Jasta Show”. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On his current relationship with ex-NEVERMORE guitarist Jeff Loomis (now in ARCH ENEMY):
Dane: “I rarely talk to Jeff. I saw him for about five minutes in Athens when ARCH ENEMY was playing. And he didn’t know I was gonna be there. And I told all the people there: ‘Don’t tell him I’m coming to the soundcheck.’ And the look on his face was like a deer in the headlights. But we don’t hate each other. We’re not enemies. We’re still friends — friends that rarely speak to each other, unfortunately.
On whether NEVERMORE is “strategically” waiting for the right time to reunite:
Dane: “No. We’ve never even discussed that, any of us. But I’m not on bad terms with [ex-NEVERMORE drummer] Van Williams or Jeff Loomis. I’m just not sure… Jeff, especially, I don’t even think he’d be interested in doing it. I mean, he’s in a bigger band now… [Jeff is] sober now. I tried to get the whole band sober fucking years ago, and it was pretty much, ‘Fuck you! I’m gonna do whatever I wanna do.’ Not from him. Not from Jeff. [It came] from someone else in the band. And had that worked, if I had been successful and got the whole band sober, we’d probably still be together right now. But, you know, everything happens for a reason. And the new shit that I’m working on, the new original stuff with my solo band, makes me realize how lucky I am to have worked with so many great musicians and made so many great songs.”
On the upcoming follow-up to his 2008 solo album “Praises To The War Machine”:
Dane: “The title of the record is going to be ‘Shadow Work’, and, of course, I’ll be using Travis Smith for the artwork again, because he always comes up with the most amazing shit every time I start. We go back and forth and talk to each other. He’s really good at translating concepts into visual art. I think he’s the best guy in the business, actually.”
On the size of venues he plays with his solo band:
Dane: “Same ones I was playing with NEVERMORE, and bringing in more people. I think that when the band kind of split up, we got more popular. And maybe it’s a nostalgia thing, but there were kids at these shows — I mean, 13-, 14-year-old kids — and older people too. Same kind of a deal with the SANCTUARY tour, where we saw parents bringing their kids.”
SANCTUARY last year parted ways with guitarist Brad Hull and replaced him with Nick Cordle (ex-ARCH ENEMY, ARSIS).
The band’s latest album, “The Year The Sun Died”, was released in October 2014 via Century Media. The CD was recorded in Seattle at Soundhouse Studios with producer Chris “Zeuss” Harris (SOULFLY, SHADOWS FALL, HATEBREED, MUNICIPAL WASTE).