This Friday’s Guest DJ: SACRED DAWN

Sacred Dawn band photo (2023)

Sacred Dawn burst onto the Chicago metal scene in 2005 with an innovative mix of progressive metal and old-school hard rock. The band’s unique blend of vocal harmonies delivered by frontman and lead guitarist Lothar Keller set the band apart and launched numerous live appearances across the Midwest in support of international acts such as Symphony X, Cage, Firewind, Kamelot, Epica, Loudness, and Testament just to name a few.

In 2023, after writing, recording, and performing songs from their 2019 EP, Contradiction, which included a video release of “Sympathy,” the band had more to say. Fueled by the lockdowns of the Pandemic beginning in March 2020 and for the next three years, Lothar Keller and John Vitale got together weekly to begin writing what would become their most prolific work to date.

The album and the band’s first full-length recording since 2011 is entitled Dismal Swamp and was released last September under the direction and distribution of Lothar Keller’s record label Qumran Records.

In this Guest DJ Show, guitarist/singer Lothar Keller introduces ten of his favorite or most influential Hard Rock/Metal songs before we play tracks off of Dismal Swamp!

Get more info on the band at their website!

The Friday Guest DJ Hour Show airs at the following times

15:00 and 21:00 Central Europe
9:00 am and 3:00 pm US East Coast
6:00 am and 12:00 pm US West Coast

Find ways to tune in here.

While you wait, make sure to check out their video for the track “The Lake Of The Dismal Swamp” from the new album Dismal Swamp:


  • Scott Jeslis

    Scott is one of the partners at Metal Express Radio. He handles a lot of Metal Express Radio's public relations, screening of new music and radio scheduling. On occasion, he also does reviews and interviews. He has been a proud member of the Metal Express Radio crew since 2004.

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