Sanctuary originally formed back in 1985 are one of the most unique and captivating acts to emerge from Seattle, Washington. While Seattle gained massive global attention during the “grunge” boom of the 90s, it was also home to metal giants such as Queensrÿche, Metal Church, and Sanctuary. The band’s 1988 debut album “Refuge Denied”, produced by none less than Dave Mustaine (Megadeth), quickly established the band as a household name for high-class metal. Blending the best of British and American influences musically with Warrel Dane’s extraordinary vocal and lyrical skills, Sanctuary gathered supporters all around the globe, upping the ante considerably when unleashing the darker, more refined masterpiece that is “Into the Mirror Black” in 1990. While the grunge-style brought the band’s commercial career to an unfortunate halt, the end of the band’s first phase meant the rise of Nevermore who released several much-acclaimed albums via Century Media Records between 1995 and 2010. In 2011, Sanctuary reformed, celebrated its live comeback, performed at high profile festivals such as Wacken, Metalcamp, Bloodstock plus the 70K Tons Of Metal and Barge To Hell cruises, and put out their third album, “The Year The Sun Died”, in 2014 (#39 in the German charts). In 2017, the restored and remixed 1986 demo recordings were released as the historical “Inception” release, which charted on #53 in Germany. On December 13th, 2017, vocalist Warrel Dane tragically passed away. The band made the decision to continue on and recruited vocalist Joseph Michael (Witherfall). Sanctuary now are eager to start an exciting new chapter in the history of the band since the sheer power and depth of these classic albums may not be forgotten, and these timeless anthems deserve to be remembered in the best possible way. 2022 brings about the 30th anniversary of the classic album, “Into the Mirror Black”, which has been released as a remastered special edition through Century Media. Due to Covid-19, the band’s touring plans in Europe and the States were rescheduled to 2022. The band will still be playing “Into the Mirror Black” in its entirety in 2022 and the anniversary of this great album will still be celebrated. Says Sanctuary guitarist Lenny Rutledge, “Sanctuary is looking forward to working with the team at Decibel Touring. We are stoked to get back on the road in Europe for 2022” And so do we! Welcome the new “Soldiers of Steel”!
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