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Sanctuary

Formed: 1985
From: Seattle, WA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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Below is our complete Sanctuary news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Graspop Metal Meeting 2017: Day Two

After one hell of an opening day and a second night of camping, those attending this year's edition of the Graspop Metal Meeting festival had by now settled into the routine and were ready for another day. Once again, the day promised a mix of legendary names, young blood and cult favourites (or perhaps in the case of one Norwegian act, that should be "kvlt" favourites.)

Following a delay and miscomunication, I was unfortunately unable to catch Axel Rudi Pell and so my second full day at Graspop opened with a trip to Main Stage 2, which was being graced by Devildriver. Though they're not the biggest metal band of recent memory, performing at ten past one in the afternoon was something of a surprise. This did not deter the group from playing with full force and intensity and getting so many rockers' Saturday off to a great start. Frontman Dez Fafara was able to interact very well with the crowd and the high energy the group displayed at the very least impressed those in the audience who are not fans of Devildriver and delighted those who came to see them intentionally. More...

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MetalDays Tolmin Festival Reveals Running Order

The running order for MetalDays’ 2017 edition has been published today on the festival’s official website. Do you want to know when your favorite bands will be playing there and how to prepare yourself best for the party season?

Well, you can now check it out on the day-by-day line-up page of the website. Please note that this running order is preliminary and may be subject to changes in the near future.

The new map of the festival’s location has also been made available to the public. You can take note of all the changes and details by clicking here. Let us remind you that a third stage called “New Forces Stage” will make its appearance for the first time in 2017! Besides, the festival team decided to renew the project of installing a camp reserved for the single girls attending the event, among other things.

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Sanctuary Posts "Dream Of The Incubus" Lyric Video

U.S. metal act Sanctuary released a lyric video for the 1986 demo song "Dream of the Incubus." The restored and re-mastered song will appear on the upcoming release "Inception," which is set to drop on February 24th, 2017 via Century Media Records. "Inception" is the official prequel to 1988's classic debut "Refuge Denied."

"Inception" contains presumed lost 1986 studio recordings, which guitarist Lenny Rutledge discovered recently and were magically restored, remixed and remastered by Zeuss (Queensrÿche, Hatebreed).

Recorded in March of 1986 at Triad Studios in Redmond, Washington and Studio One in White Center between April and July 1986, "Inception" offers other previously unreleased highlights as "I Am Insane" along with several classic "Refuge Denied" songs that are burning with fervor and intensity.

The track listing for "Inception" is:

1. Dream Of The Incubus
2. Die For My Sins (song streaming here)
3. Soldiers Of Steel
4. Death Rider / Third War
5. White Rabbit (Jefferson Airplane cover)
6. Ascension To Destiny
7. Battle Angels
8. I Am Insane
9. Veil Of Disguise

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Sanctuary Streaming "Die For My Sins"

U.S. metal act Sanctuary is streaming "Die For My Sins", taken from the upcoming release "Inception", the official prequel to 1988's classic debut "Refuge Denied". Century Media Records has set February 24, 2017 as the release date for it.

"Inception" contains presumed lost 1986 studio recordings, which guitarist Lenny Rutledge discovered recently and were magically restored, remixed and remastered by Zeuss (Queensrÿche, Hatebreed).

Check out now "Die For My Sins" below.

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Sanctuary Announces "Inception" Details

Century Media Records and U.S. metal act Sanctuary has set February 24th, 2017 as the release date of "Inception," the official prequel to 1988's classic debut "Refuge Denied."

"Inception" contains presumed lost 1986 studio recordings, which guitarist Lenny Rutledge discovered recently and were magically restored, remixed and remastered by Zeuss (Queensrÿche, Hatebreed).

Guitarist Lenny Rutledge comments: "I found the masters in my barn. The second floor of the barn is on top of our current recording studio and is very rough and open to the elements. The ground level is where we recorded the bulk of 'The Year The Sun Died'. We found the masters in an unknown box in the barn, full of water and just wasting away."

Zeuss explains further how the "Inception" album was realized: "I got a call one day and Lenny said that he had discovered these tapes and had them transferred to digital. I was in the area and stopped over to check it out. The recordings were still in decent shape. We agreed that we wanted it to sound as good as possible without taking away from the original vibe and vision of what the band had back then. After a year of mixing on and off we were able to resurrect these original demos. I hope everyone enjoys these recordings as much as I did working on them especially being a huge fan myself." More...

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Sanctuary Releases Trailer For "Inception"

Washington State metal act Sanctuary issued a trailer for the upcoming release of the lost 1986 demo "Inception." The release is expected from Century Media Records on February 24, 2017.

Vocalist Warrel Dane recently announced that the unreleased demo recordings prior to the 1987 debut "Refuge Denied" have been unearthed and will see the light of day. The album was restored, remixed and remastered by Chris “Zeuss” Harris (Rob Zombie/Queensryche).

More information on the release is expected soon. Check out the trailer clip here:

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Sanctuary Releases "Existence Fading" Video

Reactivated Seattle metal act Sanctuary has posted the official music video for "Existence Fading," taken from the band's 2014 comeback album "The Year The Sun Died" (reviewed here).

Following a European tour last spring, Sanctuary is gearing up to return to North American stages. This new tour kicks off October 9 in Indianapolis and will keep the band on the road throughout the month, ending with an October 31 gig in Seattle.

Sanctuary guitarist Lenny Rutledge commented on the upcoming shows: "We are so stoked to be returning to cities we haven't played in many years. The band is at a whole new level and we are better than we have ever been. We will be playing songs from all three albums and some surprises as well. Come out and join us for the return of Sanctuary."

Vocalist Warrel Dane adds: "I'm really excited about the upcoming tour. We are playing cities we've never been to before and it will be great to see old friends and some new ones as well! The Sanctuary metal machine is primed for ignition. Bring the Storm!" More...

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Sanctuary Announces New Guitarist For Tour

The 2014 comeback album, "The Year The Sun Died," from the legendary Seattle band SANCTUARY took the metal world by storm (see review here). The four original band members - Warrel Dane (vocals, ex-Nevermore), Lenny Rutledge (guitars), Jim Sheppard (bass, ex-Nevermore) and Dave Budbill (drums) - proved to be still on top of the game with an album that pleased every old fan without sounding old fashioned.

Now, Sanctuary is proud to announce the next chance to witness old and new songs live in Europe! The tour starts with a very special show in London before they join the mighty Overkill on a couple of mainland shows while finishing the trip with two headlining gigs in Greece.

The live line-up will be completed by the guitar talent of Nick Cordle. Lenny Rutledge comments: "Brad Hull has recently parted ways with Sanctuary. We are excited to welcome Nick Cordle from Arch Enemy and Arsis to the Sanctuary team. Nick is an amazing musician and we believe he will bring a fresh energy to the line-up. You can see Nick Cordle with Sanctuary this March touring Europe on the Killfest tour."

Nick Cordle adds: "It'll be a great pleasure to join Sanctuary on tour in Europe! I've admired the band for a long time and 'The Year The Sun Died' is a breath of fresh air. It's a welcome challenge to work up these songs and I'm excited to get moving!"

See below for all upcoming dates! More...

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Sanctuary Headed Off On Tour

Having recently released a first new album in 25 years, Seattle's Sanctuary is now ready to hit the West Coast this week. Dates are as follows:

Nov. 14 - Seattle, WA - S7
Nov. 15 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw
Nov. 16 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne
Nov. 19 - Anaheim, CA - The Grove
Nov. 20 - Las Vegas, NV - LVCS
Nov. 21 - Phoenix, AZ - Club Red
Nov. 22 - San Diego, CA - Ramona Mainstage

Sanctuary's new album, "The Year The Sun Died" (reviewed here), is the follow-up to the band's first two studio albums that were released on Epic Records: "Refuge Denied" (1987) and "Into the Mirror Black" (1989). More...

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"Here's the Metal" Compilation For Free Download

A free "Here's the Metal - October 2014" compilation has been released on Google Play. Unfortunately, you need a Google Play account and valid payment method to download this free compilation.

The "Here's the Metal - October 2014" tracklisting is as follows:

1. A Greater Sense of Self (4:01) by Fit For A King
2. Chaos Royale (3:39) by Sister Sin
3. Puppets 3 (The Grand Finale) [feat. Dani Filth] (4:15) by Motionless In White
4. Slaves (4:53) by 1349
5. This Is the Time (Ballast) (3:40) by Nothing More
6. Exitium (Anthem of the Living) (4:53) by Sanctuary
7. The Hands That Bled (4:05) by Darkness Divided
8. Everything's Gone (3:24) by In Flames
9. Do Not Look Down (4:56) by Meshuggah
10. Blood in Blood Out (3:42) by Exodus
11. Moth (4:51) by HELLYEAH
12. The Blasphemous Psalm to the Dummy God Creation (2:31) by Decapitated
13. Animal Mother (4:57) by Today Is The Day

You can download the compilation here.

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 33

Until Monday, October 13th (The Black Dahlia Murder) and Friday, November 14th (Attila), we at the MetalUnderground.com Official Podcast will be advertising ticket giveaways for the two above concerts at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. If interested, please submit your full name (matching your ID) to podcast@metalunderground.com, with one of the headlining bands in the email subject.

After introducing the song “Withered” by Canton, Ohio’s brutal death metallers TON, we kick off this week by examining another highly anticipated new album. Co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) shines a spotlight on “The Year The Sun Died,” (reviewed here) the third studio album by Seattle act Sanctuary, and first since the group reformed after more than a two-decade split. Tune in to hear his thoughts on the latest offering from singer Warrel Dane (ex-Nevermore) and company.

Next, co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) relates his (and likely many other fans’) frustrations over the interminable delays and setbacks befalling the next Veil Of Maya album, including the sudden, unceremonious departure of frontman Brandon Butler smack in the middle of recording.

Finally comes a not-so-serious reaction to the latest work of fine art from Mastodon, a video single titled “Boobs & Butts” (err, “The Motherload”). We’ll let the music, images, and our comments speak for themselves.

Listen in here, and subscribe via iTunes or RSS feed. Enjoy!

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Sanctuary Releases "Frozen" Video

Reactivated Seattle metal band Sanctuary has released the video for "Frozen," which was filmed in Germany and directed by Dirk Behlau.

The track comes off the upcoming album, "The Year The Sun Died" (reviewed here), due out October 6th in Europe and October 14th in North America via Century Media Records.

Guitarist Lenny Rutledge comments: "This video shoot was a blast. The location was an abandoned coal mine processing plant near Essen, Germany. You can see many bizarre birdcage size baskets hanging from the ceiling. There were thousands of them. We were told that they were some type of 'laundry management devices.' They appear as something much more creepy and ominous in my opinion. Almost as if they were some sort of medieval torture devices. The entire building seemed to have a very haunting vibe."

"The Year The Sun Died," the first Sanctuary album in 25 years, is the long-awaited follow-up to the band's first two studio albums that were released on Epic Records: "Refuge Denied" (1987) and "Into the Mirror Black" (1989). More...

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Sanctuary Posts New Lyric Video

Reactivated Seattle metal band Sanctuary has posted a lyric video for the track "Exitium (Anthem of the Living)," taken from upcoming album, "The Year The Sun Died." Listen in via the player below.

For another preview of "The Year The Sun Died," be sure to check out the previously released single "Arise and Purify" at this location.

Due out October 14th in North America (October 6th in Europe) via Century Media Records, Sanctuary's "The Year The Sun Died" follows the band's first two studio albums that were released on Epic Records: "Refuge Denied" (1987) and "Into the Mirror Black" (1989). The track listing is as follows:

1. Arise and Purify
2. Let The Serpent Follow Me
3. Exitium (Anthem of the Living)
4. Question Existence Fading
5. I Am Low
6. Frozen
7. One Final Day (Sworn to Believe)
8. The World is Wired
9. The Dying Age
10. Ad Vitam Aeternam
11. The Year the Sun Died More...

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Sanctuary Shoots New Music Video

Reactivated Seattle metal band Sanctuary recently filmed a video for the track "Frozen" with director Dirk Behlau.

"Frozen" (hopefully having nothing to do with the movie, since we've seen enough of that in metal already) is taken from the band's upcoming album, "The Year The Sun Died," which will be released on October 6th in Europe and on October 14th in North America via Century Media Records.

The video will make its online debut on September 23rd; photos from the shoot can be seen on Sanctuary's Facebook page.

In related news, Sanctuary singer Warrel Dane and bass player Jim Sheppard's post-1992 Sanctuary outfit, Nevemore, is streaming the entire "The Year of the Voyager" DVD (2008) online in its entirety. Filmed in Germany in 2006, "The Year of the Voyager" features the band performing in support of "This Godless Endeavor," and can be viewed at this location. More...

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Sanctuary Streaming New Track "Arise And Purify"

Resurrected Seattle metal band Sanctuary premiered the opening track from the long awaited comeback release "The Year the Sun Died." The song "Arise and Purify" can be heard over at Brave Words at this location, as well as in the player below. The song represents the first new material since the band's legendary 1989 release "Into the Mirror Black."

"The Year the Sun Died" will be released in North America on October 14th (October 6th in Europe) and will be available as a standard CD and deluxe media book, available exclusively at CM Distro in the United States, which features expanded packaging and the bonus track, "Waiting for the Sun," a cover of the classic Doors song.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Arise and Purify
2. Let The Serpent Follow Me
3. Exitium (Anthem of the Living)
4. Question Existence Fading
5. I Am Low
6. Frozen
7. One Final Day (Sworn to Believe)
8. The World is Wired
9. The Dying Age
10. Ad Vitam Aeternam
11. The Year the Sun Died

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Sanctuary Reveals New Album Artwork

Seattle metal band Sanctuary has posted the artwork for upcoming album, "The Year The Sun Died," which was created by Travis Smith and can be seen below.

The album will be released in North America on October 14th (October 6th in Europe) and will feature 11 tracks. There will be a deluxe media book, available exclusively at CM Distro in the United States, which features expanded packaging and the bonus track, "Waiting for the Sun," originally recorded by The Doors. The track listing is as follows:

1. Arise and Purify
2. Let The Serpent Follow Me
3. Exitium (Anthem of the Living)
4. Question Existence Fading
5. I Am Low
6. Frozen
7. One Final Day (Sworn to Believe)
8. The World is Wired
9. The Dying Age
10. Ad Vitam Aeternam
11. The Year the Sun Died More...

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Sanctuary Finishes New Album, Announces Date

Re-activated Seattle metal legends Sanctuary have finally wrapped-up the recording of the long awaited new release "The Year The Sun Died" - the first studio album since 1989's "Into the Mirror Black." The album is set for release on Sept. 29th (EU) and Sept. 30th (North America) via Century Media Records. The album was recorded in Seattle at Soundhouse Studios with Zeuss (Whitechapel/Hatebreed) and features 11 tracks, plus a bonus cover of The Doors' classic, "Waiting For The Sun."

Frontman Warrel Dane commented: "Now that hell has officially frozen over and the pigs have flown, I can proudly say 'The Year The Sun Died' is finished. The record that nobody thought would ever get here has come in kicking...and yes, there is screaming! Working with Zeuss (aka the commander) was great. He really pushed us all to be better. This is a very modern sounding record with roots still firmly planted in old school, six-string metal, and I gotta give him creds for that."

More information on the new album is expected soon.

Sanctuary's current line-up:

Warrel Dane - Vocals
Jim Sheppard - Bass
Brad Hull - Guitars
Lenny Rutledge - Guitar
Dave Budbill - Drums More...

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Sunday Old School: Sanctuary

It’s interesting to see how some bands formed by ex members of another successful group can over shadow their predecessors. Type O Negative became unquestionably bigger than Carnivore, Machine Head are more popular than Forbidden and whilst Nevermore became a hugely successful act, many will remember Warrel Dane (and to an extent, Jeff Loomis) for their work with a band before Nevermore formed. A band named, Sanctuary. Sanctuary formed in the city of Seattle, Washington, a place which would become famous a few years later for producing the grunge wave and acts such as Alice In Chains and Soundgarden, in 1985. Whilst they are now associated with the thrash scene of the 1980s, their music was a solid blend of thrash, power and traditional heavy metal, which showcased impressively on their first demo, which was recorded in 1986. The demo circulated around the tape trading scene and found its way to a number of record companies, including major label Epic, who offered the band a deal, which was unsurprisingly snapped up.

The band entered into the studio with Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine, who would produce their debut full length, as well as performing a guest guitar solo on the band’s cover of the Jefferson Airplane classic, "White Rabbit." Sanctuary spent the remainder of 1986 and the beginning of the next year working on the album, which eventually surfaced later that year under the title, "Refuge Denied." The record was notable for featuring a high pitched vocal style from Dane, one which he has not used since, with speculation stating that the vocal technique injured his voice, leaving him unable to replicate the style he utilised on Sanctuary’s debut. More...

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Sanctuary Signs With Century Media Records

Seattle's Sanctuary, featuring Warrell Dane (Nevermore), have signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records. The long awaited return album "The Year The Sun Died" is expected for a late 2013 release through the label.

The announcement reads: "Century Media Records is proud to announce the signing of the legendary Seattle metal band Sanctuary. In 2010, four of the founding members, Warrel Dane, Jim Sheppard, Lenny Rutledge and Dave Budbill, came together for a few select reunion performances. At first, it was just going to be a handful of shows, but the response and chemistry on stage was so overwhelming that the guys changed their minds. Now, some 20 years after they left off, Sanctuary will continue with their unique mix of US power metal, hard rock and progressive elements and begin work on a new LP. To complete the line-up, Brad Hull (Forced Entry) will be filling in for former guitar player Sean Blosl. A late 2013 release is planned."

The band commented:

Warrel Dane: "Having been with Century Media since 1995 with Nevermore, it was a very comfortable decision for Sanctuary to sign with them. Century Media has a great team that always delivers for all of their bands. I've known most of them on a first name basis for many years and I look forward to this new chapter in history."

Lenny Rutledge: "I can speak for every member of Sanctuary when I say we are all excited to join the Century Media family. We now have the opportunity to work with the best metal record label on the planet. We are looking forward to creating great music with an awesome team behind us."

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Final Bands Announced for Barge To Hell Cruise

The Barge To Hell is just days away from departure and final band announcements are being made. The cruise sets sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and returns on Friday, December 7th, 2012.

Just announced are Novembers Doom, Vital Remains, Brujeria and underground acts Abiotic, Zanthropya Ex, and Dark Sermon. The organizers also report that both the German and Canadian incarnations of Necronomicon will be in attendance.

With the announcement comes some bad news that Six Feet Under has had to cancel their appearance due to a scheduling conflict with their studio and needing to have their new album delivered in time.

You can still book a trip on the Barge To Hell.

The lineup is as follows: More...

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