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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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  • Peiper22

    Great new album. If they do such albums, I will miss Nevermore a little less...

    6 Dec 11:41am Reply
  • MetalRock1989

    Good new album 4/5.

    5 Dec 1:54pm Reply
  • Pollepard

    Refuge Denied!

    18 Nov 10:23pm Reply
  • MikeySchenker

    Wow, the difference in scrobbles between the old stuff and new...

    2 Nov 4:22pm Reply
  • jsnruf

    I was actually expecting the new album to suck, but ended up liking it way more than expected. Sounds nothing at all like the early Sanctuary records, but I suppose since they sound nothing like each other to begin with, that shouldn't be anticipated anyway.

    26 Oct 12:55am Reply
  • Jekku666

    The new album is really good. Sounds to me quite a lot like Nevermore minus Jeff and his amazing playing style. Not saying the guitar players here aren't excellent, but when you've heard the best, it's hard to enjoy second best as much. Nevertheless, Dane's voice is in excellent shape, and I think the album will crack my top 20 at least for this year.

    22 Oct 2:13pm Reply
  • jonathan-mira

    new album is amazing! return of a legend!!

    19 Oct 8:00pm Reply
  • Vicarious_Lord

    Loving the new album!

    19 Oct 1:27pm Reply
  • tfaaon

    man this sounds really cool ! it seems there is a lot of Nevermore in this, but in a pretty cool way !

    15 Oct 7:11pm Reply
  • Glamaster

    they are back!!! very cool album!

    10 Oct 2:44pm Reply
  • Amadey

    The new album is very good! Listened to from start to end in one bearth !!!

    10 Oct 2:19pm Reply
  • sentient85

    I really missed Warrel's voice during these years... Wonderful album! Anyway, Nevermore and Sanctuary are both stellar (even if Nevermore is way better, in my opinion).

    8 Oct 2:29pm Reply
  • Vantaig

    Nah, Nevermore should never have disbanded. New Sanctuary is good, but still a step back for Dane.

    8 Oct 11:21am Reply


    8 Oct 1:36am Reply
  • Mvlazz

    good album !!

    7 Oct 4:56pm Reply
  • metalkillthekin

    -good new album :)

    6 Oct 5:23pm Reply
  • z-la

    lots of hyperbole on this page. solid enough album after a 25 year hiatus, but not even close to the level of Into the Mirror Black or the first several Nevermore albums (up to Dreaming Neon Black).

    6 Oct 8:55am Reply
  • PsychoLold

    Wow, new album? I thought I'd have to wait 200 years for that to happen. NEEEED to listen.

    4 Oct 10:09am Reply
  • MonstermanMFR

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    3 Oct 6:03pm Reply
  • Failure2Conform

    AOTY for sure. This kills anything Nevermore did, or early Sanctuary as well for that matter. It's straight-forward six string thrash at it's finest. None of the loomis wankery.

    3 Oct 1:17am Reply
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