Nightmare Records has announced the signing of SACRED DAWN, one of Chicago, Illinois' premiere power/prog metal bands. The group's debut album, "Gears of the Machine…A New Beginning", will be released on April 1.

"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.

"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.

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 few stops and starts in the quest for the right players in the band, along came John Vitale, former guitarist of Chicago MEGADETH tribute favorite, HIGHSPEEDIRT. After seeing the band play as a three-piece on New Year's Eve 2005, John recognized Lothar's talent and was very impressed with SACRED DAWN's original music and wanted to be a contributing factor in the growth of the band.

John, however, wasn't the only area musician looking for a new project. In May of 2006, faced with the task of finding a new bass player they had to look no further than Joey Vega. Lothar and Joey, both members of the same Chicago-based music alliance, met and fortunately for SACRED DAWN, Joey enthusiastically agreed to be an integral part of SACRED DAWN.

One final step was need before SACRED DAWN was ready to begin their journey-an unstoppable stickman. Brad "Sabbath" Sabbathne stepped up and became the madman behind the kit that SACRED DAWN needed to be the solid and cohesive metal force they are today.

SACRED DAWN pulls their influence from such bands as DREAM THEATER, IRON MAIDEN, NEVERMORE, SAVATAGE, QUEENSRŸCHE, FATES 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.

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