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Sanctuary

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

Latest Sanctuary News

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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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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Grave, Bonded By Blood Confirmed For Barge To Hell

Departing in less than a month, two more bands have been announced for the Barge to Hell: Grave and Bonded By Blood. The Barge to Hell sets sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and returns on Friday, December 7th, 2012.

The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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Lock Up, Nachtmystium Confirmed For Barge To Hell

With a month before boarding the Barge to Hell left, the organizers have announced two more bands: metal supergroup Lock Up, featuring Nicholas Barker on drums (ex-Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir), Shane Embury on bass (Napalm Death), Anton Reisenegger on guitar (Criminal), and Tomas Lindberg on vocals (At The Gates, Disfear) and Nachtmystium.

Also announced was the cancellation of BELPHEGOR. Stated the organizers: "We tried our best to work something out, but regrettably must confirm that they won't be part of BARGE TO HELL. We will make sure that we have a suitable replacement."

The Barge to Hell sets sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and returns on Friday, December 7th, 2012.

The lineup is shaping up as follows, with a dozen more bands yet to be announced: More...

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Metal Daze: The Metalcamp Diaries, Part I

SATURDAY 8/11

6:00am. YOU’VE KNOCKED A SCREW LOOSE, a taunting Protestant voice rattles my inner skull in a booze-muddled echo as I lope across a bed of sharp stones and plunge into the frigid river just this side of bare-assed.

The full immersion drowns that pesky voice mid-sentence. Eyes open under water; I find peaceful seclusion for a few precious, bone-chilling seconds.

Confirming the diagnosis as I breach the surface and hoist myself to my feet, waist-deep, skin already tightening from the abrupt system shock, a guy on the beach mutters something to his friend, shoots me a strange glare – did I somehow manage to insult his mom? – and twirls his finger near his temple. Yep.

Whatever. I reinforce the diagnosis and thrust double horns skyward, hoping to give the appearance of a calculated, decisive, tough, metal-inspired action and not the clumsy result of a dare, drowned brain cells, and a liquid blanket.

In either case, this is Metalcamp, and what happens at Metalcamp… gets reproduced (and photographed) on Metalunderground.com.

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Fan Footage Of New Sanctuary At Bloodstock

Those who either there or caught the Bloodstock live feed on Saturday, August 11, 2012, witnessed Sanctuary unveiling two new tracks that are set to appear on the long awaited third studio release "The Year the Sun Died." Fan video footage of the new tracks "I Am Low" (from YouTube user "fearfulevil") and "The World Is Wired" (from YouTube user "g6o6k6u6") hit the web shortly after the event.

Check out the footage here:

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Bloodstock Festival Live Feed Available

This weekend's Bloodstock Festival is streaming live over at this location and in the player below. At the time of this post, Behemoth's headlining performance is streaming live.

The festival is scheduled for two more days, featuring Chthonic, Testament, Machine Head, Sanctuary and Mayhem on Saturday and Nile, Evile, Black Dahlia Murder, Anvil, Paradise Lost, Dimmu Borgir and Alice Cooper on Sunday.

Check out the live stream here:


Bloodstock Festival 2012 by BloodstockFestival

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More Bands Confirmed For Bloodstock 2012

The Bloodstock 2012 organizers have issued the following announcement about confirming more bands to appear at this year's festival:

"After last week’s headliner announcement - where we revealed the mighty Machine Head will be letting fans pick the songs at their first ever UK festival headline slot - Bloodstock and Machine Head are now ready to take requests.

"If you head to Facebook you can now submit your suggestions via a poll. Each fan can pick five songs from Machine Head’s incredible debut 'Burn My Eyes,' and the five most popular tracks will be performed at Catton Hall this summer.

"Bloodstock can also reveal a further three acts for the Sophie Stage and one for the Ronnie James Dio Stage. Headlining the Sophie Stage on Thursday night, raucous rockers Viking Skull bring their loud and proud metal to Bloodstock, alongside Belfast metalheads Sweet Savage. Hotly tipped newcomers Death Valley Knights show why in just a few short months their powerful metal has earned them a much coverted spot at Britain’s most metal festival, and finally Canada’s Kobra & The Lotus make their Bloodstock debut opening the Ronnie James Dio Stage on Sunday." More...

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Municipal Waste Confirmed For Barge To Hell

Municipal Waste is the latest band to be confirmed for the inaugural Barge To Hell heavy metal cruise, following the announcement of Holy Moses earlier this week.

Barge To Hell is a five-day cruise from the organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise. It departs from Miami, Florida on Monday, December 3rd and stops at Nassau, Bahamas before returning to Miami on Friday, December 7th. Booking for the cruise has opened to the general public, so book yours today.

The full Barge To Hell lineup so far is as follows, with many more bands to be announced: More...

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Holy Moses Added To The Barge To Hell

The organizers of the Barge to Hell have issued the following announcement about confirming Holy Moses as the latest act to play the cruise:

"Who better to lead them on their journey to the undead than the mighty Holy Moses celebrating their 30th anniversary? Not once, because as you know, they do everything twice. You heard right, twice! Here is how it goes: On December 3rd, 40 of the most extreme Metal Bands and 2,000 headbangers from around the world will go to the Caribbean to take over a luxury cruise ship for a 5 day and 4 night trip to the undead! For the entire trip it's like everyone has a backstage pass and you can mingle side-by-side with the Artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. See each of the 40 bands play two live shows on two different days. That's 80 shows with unrestricted festival access to the three stages, each with it's own unique atmosphere:

"The luxurious 'A Chorus Line' theater where they spare no expense to have the benches removed on the floor. Because at a Metal show, who actually wants assigned seating in front of the stage?

"The cozy 'Spectrum' that gives you the real club feeling.

"And their jewel: The open air stage on the pool deck. The biggest festival stage to sail the Oceans.

"You can also get all your memorabilia signed at the Meet & Greet sessions. Be part of their infamous Metal Karaoke and many other special activities with the Artists. And last, but not least: Don't forget that they have bars on board that never close! What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done."

The following bands have now been announced: More...

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