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Refuge Denied (1987) is the first album by the Seattle Thrash Metal band Sanctuary. Dave Mustaine took the honor to produce Refuge Denied, and to good effect. Its sonic recipe boasts some excellent guitar riffing by the band's guitar players Lenny Rutledge and Sean Blosl, accompanied by aggressive but melodic vocals by Warrel Dane and driving bass lines by Jim Sheppard. It even features a cover version of Jefferson's Airplane White Rabbit. Refuge Denied is one of those albums that is both typical to its time period, yet reflects the atypical and chaotic character of its type. Straightforward songs like Battle Angels features their heavy riffs and falsetto vocals by Dane. Their heavy work can be heard on songs like Die for My Sins, with indelible choruses and trashy riffing. The album would prove to be the stepping stone to the equally excellent follow-up Into The Mirror Black. Dane and Sheppard would later form Prog Metal kings Nevermore.
Initially picked up by Megadeth's Dave Mustaine, Sanctuary recorded two albums for Epic and unfortunately disbanded not long after. In 2010 they reformed and to this day they're still performing. The lead vocalist position was held by Warrel Dane until his death in 2017.1. Battle Angels
2. Termination Force
3. Die For My Sins
4. Soldiers Of Steel
6. White Rabbit
7. Ascension To Destiny
8. The Third War
9. Veil Of Disguise$36.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Year The Sun Died (Out Of Stock)Reactivated legendary Seattle metal band, Sanctuary, have wrapped up the recording of their new album, The Year The Sun Died. Recorded in Seattle at Soundhouse Studios with Zeuss (Whitechapel, Hatebreed), the album will feature 11 tracks and a bonus track, a cover of the Doors classic, Waiting for the Sun.
Comments singer, Warrel Dane:
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.
Sanctuary was formed in Seattle in 1985 and released two studio albums on Epic Records, Refuge Denied in 1987 and Into the Mirror Black in 1989. They toured the world with the likes of Megadeth, Warlock, Fates Warning, Death Angel and many more. In 1992, the band officially disbanded with singer Warrel Dane and bassist Jim Sheppard forming the critically acclaimed group, Nevermore. Sanctuary announced in 2010 that they would be reuniting and played metal festivals in both Europe and the US with the original line up save for guitarist Sean Blosl. Former Forced Entry guitarist, Brad Hull has stepped into to fill his shoes as a permanent touring and recording member.
Warrel Dane - Vocals
Jim Sheppard - Bass
Brad Hull - Guitars
Lenny Rutledge - Guitar
Dave Budbill - Drums1. Arise And Purify
2. Let The Serpent Follow Me
3. Exitium (Anthem Of The Living)
4. Question Existence Fading
5. I Am Low
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$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock