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  • MikeySchenker

    Pretty okay album, though it sounds more like Nevermore than Sanctuary. Just a tad more melodic I supose. I do miss the insane schizo vocals. And since that was a huge part of the Sanctuary sound, I am not sure if it that wise to record under this particular name.

    last month
  • LoopZoop

    refuge denied is fucking great

    last month
  • DoomedRi

    Perfect show in Ljubljana (10.3.2015.) <3

    March 2015
  • Darrell_Felipe

    Refuge Denied!

    March 2015
  • mattimek

    good new album 4/5

    February 2015
  • ToBiazs

    New album is brilliant! 9,5/10. Song "The Year The Sun Died" is for me one of the in the year

    February 2015
  • nopuppet

    hope it won't take another 25 years til the next album. i' d be 69 years old and probably not in the condition to headbang to sanctuary stuff

    January 2015
  • Peiper22

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

    December 2014
  • MetalRock1989

    Good new album 4/5.

    December 2014
  • MikeySchenker

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

    November 2014
  • 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.

    October 2014
  • 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.

    October 2014
  • jonathan-mira

    new album is amazing! return of a legend!!

    October 2014
  • Vicarious_Lord

    Loving the new album!

    October 2014
  • tfaaon

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

    October 2014
  • Glamaster

    they are back!!! very cool album!

    October 2014
  • Amadey

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

    October 2014
  • 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).

    October 2014
  • Vantaig

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

    October 2014
  • ECW3XTREMERULE

    AMAZING NEW ALBUM COPY OF HELSTAR! 0/10000000

    October 2014
  • Mvlazz

    good album !!

    October 2014
  • metalkillthekin

    -good new album :)

    October 2014
  • 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).

    October 2014
  • PsychoLold

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

    October 2014
  • MonstermanMFR

    Sanctuary - The Year The Sun Died Review: http://solmortuus.com/main/?p=1228 Follow us on FB: http://facebook.com/solmortuus

    October 2014
  • 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.

    October 2014
  • apcranium

    New album ist der HAMMER!

    October 2014
  • dreamelectric

    New album is solidddddd

    October 2014
  • xKSB

    New album is really fucking solid. Warrel sounds mad as ever. AOTY for me for sure.

    October 2014
  • flori_hedig

    German review for the new album online at metal4.de. "The Year The Sun Died" gets 8 out of 10! http://www.metal4.de/review/sanctuary-the-year-the-sun-died/

    September 2014
  • Artemius_F

    Arise & Purify not impressed

    August 2014
  • tfaaon

    new album coming in september !

    July 2014
  • ECW3XTREMERULE

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

    April 2014
  • Liberations

    Interesting than Nevermore.

    March 2014
  • VlaicuLiviu

    warrel dane fucking rule !

    December 2013
  • 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.

    September 2013
  • 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.

    August 2013
  • 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

    August 2013
  • metalkillthekin

    great band

    June 2013
  • Siffie91

    Try to Join if you think you listen to Killer Metal! http://www.lastfm.de/group/Underground+Metal+Maniac%C2%B4s

    May 2013
  • ikd-sj

    |EPITAPH| amazing ((*◕ω◕)ノ

    April 2013
  • rotter2142

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

    March 2013
  • metalinvader34

    Refuge Denied> Into the Mirror Black> Nevermore

    March 2013
  • 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.

    February 2013
  • KeIemvor

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

    February 2013
  • 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.

    January 2013
  • adrian1265

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

    November 2012
  • infra_vermelho

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

    October 2012
  • 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.

    August 2012
  • Infernatic

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

    August 2012