Warrel Dane

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Warrel Dane
Sanctuary @ Rock Hard Festival 2015 05.jpg
Warrel Dane live with Sanctuary, 2015
Background information
Birth name Warrel G. Baker
Also known as Warrel Dane
Born (1961-03-07) March 7, 1961 (age 55)[1]
Origin Seattle, Washington, US
Genres Heavy metal, power metal, progressive metal, thrash metal
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, keyboards
Years active 1983–present
Labels Century Media
Associated acts Serpent's Knight, Sanctuary, Nevermore

Warrel Dane (born March 7, 1961)[2] is the lead singer of the American power metal band Sanctuary. He is also known as the former lead singer of currently inactive progressive metal band Nevermore. He is a natural baritone,[3] though he was known for his high-pitched vocals with Serpent's Knight and on the first two Sanctuary albums. Later in his career, Dane became more notable for his distinctively deep, dramatic voice.

Dane was trained for five years as an opera singer and utilizes a very broad vocal range, spanning from notes as low as the G♯ below low C, or G♯1, to notes as high as the B♭ below soprano C, or B♭5. While his high head voice style vocals were much more prominent in the older Sanctuary albums, there were instances where he utilizes it in Nevermore as well. Sanctuary's 2014 comeback album The Year the Sun Died includes these higher passages on three songs.

He cites Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Jefferson Airplane, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles, The Doors as his musical influences[4] and Ronnie James Dio, Rob Halford, Bruce Dickinson as his main vocal inspirations.[5]

Dane, along with bassist Jim Sheppard, is a certified chef and formerly owned a restaurant in Seattle. As reflected in his songwriting, Warrel is critical of religion and government and has expressed mixed feelings toward the advancement of technology.

Dane provided the voice of Candynose Twinskins in the musical comedy Metalocalypse on Adult Swim.

Dane's first ever solo record, Praises to the War Machine was released May 13, 2008 on Century Media Records. He is working on a second album.[6] It will be different than the first solo effort: "Some of it is just brutally heavy", Dane says.[7] In March 2016, the title was revealed to be Shadow Work [8] The recording is planned for October 2016.[9]


Serpents Knight[edit]

  • Released From the Crypt (1983)
  • Silent Knight...of Myth and Destiny (2010)(Disc one vocals)






  1. ^ "United States Copyright Office, Public Catalog". USCO. 
  2. ^ http://www.metal-archives.com/artists/Warrel_Dane/1345
  3. ^ Hasbrouck, Greg. "Interview with Warrel Dane - conducted by Greg Hasbrouck, 2011". Progpower USA. Retrieved 2011.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. ^ "Warrel Dane interview". metal.de. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Warrel Dane interview". metal-rules.com. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  6. ^ https://twitter.com/warrel_dane/status/616185942995406848
  7. ^ http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/warrel-dane-talks-next-sanctuary-album-performing-nevermores-dead-heart-and-second-solo-lp/#BYPGXzC3pVWTODg0.99
  8. ^ WARREL DANE Says There Has Been No Discussion Of NEVERMORE Reunion Blabbermouth. Retrieved 10 of march, 2016.
  9. ^ http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/warrel-dane-has-mixed-feelings-about-replacing-jeff-loomis-in-nevermore/ WARREL DANE On Next SANCTUARY Album, The Secons Solo LP And Possibility Of Replacing Jeff Loomis With Chris Broderick In NEVERMORE. Retrieved 18 of September, 2016.