Warrel Dane (born Warrel George Baker; March 7, 1961 – December 13, 2017) was an American musician who was the lead singer for the metal bands Sanctuary and Nevermore. He was a natural baritone; 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 utilized 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 utilized it in Nevermore as well. Sanctuary’s 2014 comeback album The Year the Sun Died includes these higher passages on three songs. 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 was working on a second album at the time of his death. It was going to be different than the first solo effort: “Some of it is just brutally heavy”, Dane remarked.
|Praises to the War Machine / The Premonition||Split||2008|
|Praises to the War Machine||Full-length||2008|
|As Fast as the Others||Single||2018|
|Warrel Dane||Vocals (2007-2017)|
|(R.I.P. 2017) See also: ex-Nevermore, ex-Sanctuary, ex-Serpent’s Knight, ex-Warhed|
|Fabio Carito||Bass (2017)|
|See also: Addicted to Pain, Pastore, Suprema, ex-Ravenland (live), Instincted, ex-Furia Inc., ex-Shadowside|
|Marcus Dotta||Drums (2017)|
|See also: Addicted to Pain, Vikram, Leather (live), ex-Hatematter, ex-Tiago Della Vega (live), ex-Thram|
|Johnny Moraes||Guitars (2017)|
|See also: Hevilan|
|Thiago Oliveira||Guitars (2017)|
|See also: Addicted to Pain, Seventh Seal, ex-A Season in Hell|
|Dirk Verbeuren||Drums (2007)|
|See also: Abyssal Vortex, Akroma, Bent Sea, Brave the Cold, Cadaver, Freya, Geoda, Hespera, Megadeth, Phaze I, Pulse of Nebulae, The Project Hate MCMXCIX, Tronos, Vetur, Withered Moon, Devin Townsend (live), ex-Anaon, ex-Nuclear Blast Allstars, ex-Scarve, Blood from the Soul, Kill Division, ex-Aborted, ex-Anatomy of I, ex-Headline, ex-Mortuary, ex-Powermad, ex-Soilwork, ex-Taliandörögd, ex-At the Gates (live), ex-Jeff Loomis (live), ex-Satyricon (live), ex-Testament (live), ex-Yyrkoon (live), ex-Lyzanxia, ex-7th Circle, ex-Artsonic, ex-Devin Townsend Project, ex-Solium Fatalis, ex-Phazm, ex-One-Way Mirror, ex-Stenval|
|Peter Wichers||Guitars, Bass (2007)|
|See also: ex-Nuclear Blast Allstars, King Fighter, Tone Assassins, ex-I Legion, ex-Soilwork, ex-Killswitch Engage (live), ex-Inferior Breed|
|Matt Wicklund||Guitars, Bass (2007)|
|See also: Ghost Ship Octavius, ex-God Forbid, ex-Himsa, ex-Sol Negro, ex-Armageddon|