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There are at least eight artists with the name Sanctuary:

1) Sanctuary is a band founded in Seattle, Washington in 1985 consisting of Warrel Dane (vocals), Lenny Rutledge (guitar), Sean Blosl (guitar), Jim Sheppard (bass), and Dave Budbill (drums). Former Metallica and Megadeth guitarist Dave Mustaine was the influential force in getting the band signed to Epic Records. He produced their first album and played guitar on their cover of Jefferson Airplane’s White Rabbit. The band was dissolved in 1991, following pressure from Epic Records to fit in with the flourishing Seattle scene. Warrel Dane and Jim Sheppard disagreed with this change, and left to form Nevermore.

In May 2010 Warrel Dane stated that Santuary were to reform with the original line-up to record a new album and tour.

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2) Sanctuary is a young Dutch band. They’re a Gothic Metal band who wrote own material and also performed several covers songs from Epica, Nightwish and Sonata Arctica.

3) Sanctuary was a band from Australia.

4) Sanctuary was a German band who released two demo tapes in the mid-eighties and split up in 1988.

5) Sanctuary is a band from Columbia. They released one demo tape called “La Marca Del Mal” in 2008.

6) Sanctuary was a band from Germany. They changed their name to Deathless Sanctuary in 1990 after their self titled demo was released.

7) Sanctuary is artist Jonah Smith from Chicago. Also associated with The Mysterious PXRTY BXYZ and Sensitive Thugs.


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    Symfonia >>>>>>> This generic shit.

    8 Apr 6:50am Reply
  • Liberations

    Interesting than Nevermore.

    20 Mar 5:26pm Reply
  • VlaicuLiviu

    warrel dane fucking rule !

    16 Dec 2013 Reply
  • melkor72

    @ale 193 Good argument and I can buy into much of it actually. I am not sold on the uniqueness of the baritone though in metal at that time. True, it was not much utilized, but Grunge vocalists had taken that approach a good while before Nevermore released an album. I think it is safe to say that being a Seattle resident, Warrel was very much aware of this new vocal style and while he added his own timbre, and variations, to fit a metal landscape, it was not exactly an original approach by 1995 to heavy music vocals. Plus, I gotta believe Warrel was aware of Paradise Lost's Icon, Anathema, My Dying Bride, and Type O Negative that were all active and foregoing the falsetto style vocals (much lower registers) prior to Nevermore and gaining critical acclaim. True, their genres were not exactly the same power metal/traditional metal of Nevermore but their influence was pretty far reaching during the mid and latter 90s.

    22 Sep 2013 Reply
  • ale193

    Thats not to say he wasn't brilliant in both bands, he was very much so. He's one of my favorite metal vocalists (up there with Dio, Halford, and Aaron Stainthorpe from My Dying Bride) Nevermore and Sanctuary played totally different kinds of music, and it'd be wrong to say one was "better" than the other, because they're both awesome in their own genre, but as far as which one was more experimental, and in which one Dane's vocals were more experimental- its Definitely Nevermore, hands down.

    25 Aug 2013 Reply
  • ale193

    @Melkor in sanctuary he pretty much stuck to the standard Halfordesque power metal shriek. Very painkiller sounding. Beautifully brilliantly amazingly executed but by no means experimental at all. he's always had a unique timbre to his voice, you can tell its him, especially in his mid/lower register but the styling he used in Sanctuary wasn't particularly unique. In nevermore he switched to using a baritone register almost exclusively and honestly thats far more experimental- No one in metal does that, especially not in that power metal/thrash style where soprano range falsetto shrieks are the norm, it was very different to use that rich baritone. He also uses more variety in general, switching between smoother and rougher vocals, clear operatic singing and anguished, angst snarls and shrieks- the occasionally piercing high note has much more effect. nevermore was far more experimental

    25 Aug 2013 Reply
  • metalkillthekin

    great band

    8 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Siffie91

    Try to Join if you think you listen to Killer Metal!

    12 May 2013 Reply
  • ikd-sj

    |EPITAPH| amazing ((*◕ω◕)ノ

    11 Apr 2013 Reply
  • moonshine818

    Can't wait for the new album! Warrel rules!!!!!

    16 Mar 2013 Reply
  • rotter2142

    And I fell in love with Judas Priest all over again. Thanks to them!

    13 Mar 2013 Reply
  • metalinvader34

    Refuge Denied> Into the Mirror Black> Nevermore

    3 Mar 2013 Reply
  • melkor72

    "Very clearly he was more experimental in Nevermore". Interesting comment as there are no Sanctuary plays in your profile and 49 Nevermore plays. Instead of a blanket statement, perhaps an explanation of why you feel he was more experimental in Nevermore with some actual examples would help me understand your view better.

    22 Feb 2013 Reply
  • KeIemvor

    "I feel that Warrel was more experimental with his vocals in Sanctuary" Very clearly he was more experimental in Nevermore.

    17 Feb 2013 Reply
  • melkor72

    Sanctuary and Nevermore are clearly different and I like them both. I feel that Warrel was more experimental with his vocals in Sanctuary, as dog whistle highs were not in vogue when Nevermore was at that their peak. However, Nevermore had this critical credibility because of Loomis's awesome guitar playing. It is really an interesting interplay.

    13 Jan 2013 Reply
  • adrian1265

    Why does everyone need comparisions? Is it impossible to like both of them? (3). I love both Nevermore and Sanctuary.

    7 Nov 2012 Reply
  • infra_vermelho

    The best US power metal. End of the story. [6]

    21 Oct 2012 Reply
  • venomenon

    I really enjoyed the Wacken show, actually I had expected something much worse. If you sing along you probably don't mind Warrel fucking up the high notes :D Honestly, I hate Nevermore, but seeing Sanctuary was like a dream unexpectedly come true.

    25 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Infernatic

    Saw them at Bloodstock. His voice is still shit hot.

    14 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Makirulol

    Cant really put the sow at Wacken into words... Warrel seemed very drunk and made a really bad performance. It's a shame, i was really looking forward to it.

    13 Aug 2012 Reply
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