It all began back in 2006...
...when two boys that happened to be guitar fanatics decided to form their very own heavy metal band.
WORDS OF FAREWELL play Melodic Death Metal, comparable to bands like Scar Symmetry, Dark Tranquillity, Insomnium or Mors Principium est.
The band formed in the German Ruhr District in early 2007. After four months of rehearsing, the 7 track EP 'Ashes of the Coming Dawn' was recorded and published in a quantity of 500 units. In autumn 2008 the 4 track CD 'From Now On...' was pressed in limited numbers to be sent out to record labels and venues, distributed at live concerts and additionally offered as free download. Furthermore, the second sampler of the 'European Underground Extreme Metal Front" featured the track "In Fiction'. From June to December 2010, the band entered Metallurgy Studios, Mönchengladbach, where the debut album IMMERSION was produced. Taken from this production, the song 'Sorae' was uploaded to various internet platforms where fans and musicians sang from the treetops.
Since early 2012 Words of Farewell cooperate with the German record label AFM Records from Hamburg. The first official act was the distribution of Immersion in Europe and the United States of America. Countless reviews from both national and international critiques awarded the album very high marks, in some cases the highest possible. Interviews were conducted with scene magazines such as LEGACY and METAL HAMMER. From July to November 2013, Words of Farewell produced their second studio album THE BLACK WILD YONDER – once again at Metallurgy Studios. On The Black Wild Yonder, the band presents more grown-up songwriting. The technical-progressive style is maintained without losing the complexity and playfulness in guitars and keyboards that has been developed on Immersion.
In 2016, the third studio album A QUIET WORLD was recorded and released. This time, all songs were recorded and engineered by the band themselves at Farewell studios, Münster. Mixing and Mastering of A Quiet World was done by Eike Freese at Chamaeleon Studios, Hamburg. The new album had a slightly more progressive tone than the previous albums and was seen as being a musical combination of more classical Progressive Metal with modern Melodic Death Metal as a foundation.
The EP INNER UNIVSERE, the bands first release after parting the AFM Records, was released in 2020. The band again recorded all the instruments autonomously. Mixing and Mastering was handled by Aljosha Sieg at Pitchback Studios (Any Given Day, Caliban, August Burns Red) and boasted a very modern take on the gerne incorporating more Modern Metalcore elements into the songwriting whilst heavily relying on the trademark guitar and keyboard melodies.
The single release “Whispering Deeps” caught the attention of American label SEEK AND STRIKE. Subsequently the band signed a contract with the label and started to work on the follow-up to their very successful EP. INNER UNIVERSE II was released in 2021 to universal acclaim of the international metal community. The sophomore EP featured the same production history and personnel and is the direct continuation of the more compact and playful song writing.
The live performances of Words of Farewell are energetic and thrilling. The band's experience in live performances is based on various concerts, including direct support for e.g. SCAR SYMMETRY and DARK TRANQUILLITY. Moreover, Words of Farewell played at festivals like RockHarz Open Air, Dong Open Air or Winternachtstraum Festival, together with Soulfly, Children of Bodom, Soilwork and others. Not least because of these live performances, Words of Farewell were able to sign a powerful endorsement deal with German amplifier manufacturers ENGL AMPS in early 2015.
Lineup (from left to right)
Konstantin Voßhoff - Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals
Leo Wichmann - Keyboards
Alexander Otto - Vocals
Robin Dirks - Lead & Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals
Tristan Wegner - Drums
Erik Gaßmus - Lead & Rhythm Guitar