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Formed during the latter fall of 2001 by Tom Arian (Vocals) and Paul Armistead (Guitars), a few songs were written and recorded, most of which never saw the light of day. In the coming months, however, following a few minor changes, Sean (Drums) and David (Bass) completed the Unsanctum line-up. One of the first live shows was in support of Belgian metalcore act xReprisalx (Goodlife records). On an extreme budget, the first material was a four track demo, recorded by Mick Kenney (Anaal Nathrakh, Mistress, Frost) on the 31st of December 2001 at Necrodeath studio’s in Birmingham, which eventually saw daylight in late January 2002. The four tracks (in all clocking 10 minutes 37 seconds) pointed out the future musical direction of Unsanctum and also gained the band positive reviews and the necessary exposure. After copious amounts of promotional material, Unsanctum signed with Cacophonous/Visible Noise records in July 2002. On December 7th 2002 at Necrodeath studio’s in Birmingham with producer Mick Kenney, Unsanctum began the recording of 11 tracks for their debut album to be released on Cacophonous/Visible Noise records in early 2003.

“Ignite the skies” was remixed and remastered 3 times. The initial recording was considered so substandard that both the guitar and bass tracks were rerecorded at Bonafide Studio’s in London during February 2003. This is not to say that the album wasn’t everything we had hoped for, but simply, due to the amount of time wasted and damage done in the early stages of production, we were so far behind schedule, that unfortunately, perfection was not an option. In April 2003, Unsanctum accepted an endorsement from Bc Rich guitars.

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