The presumed lost 1986 studio recordings are now being released for the very first time! Inception is the official “prequel” to 1988’s US metal classic “Refuge Denied. This new offering features re-imagined cover artwork, tons of historical photos, flyers, sketches and detailed liner notes by guitarist Lenny Rutledge.
• Restored, remixed and remastered by Zeuss (Queensrÿche, Hatebreed)
• Includes brand-new cover art work by Ed Repka (who created the original “Refuge Denied” cover and worked for Death, Megadeth)
• A quintessential metal monument revealing the early history of this legendary act!
To the very day, US metal legends SANCTUARY, formed back in 1985 are widely regarded as one of the most unique and captivating acts ever 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 as well as having singer Warrel Dane’s unique soaring vocals and powerful lyrics, SANCTUARY were able to conquer fans 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 SANCTUARY’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. But the story of SANCTUARY was far from being over as the end of Nevermore in 2011 initiated the band’s successful rebirth!
In 2011, SANCTUARY celebrated its live comeback, performed at high profile festivals such as Wacken, Metalcamp, Bloodstock as well as on the 70.000 Tons Of Metal and Barge To Hell cruises. “The Year The Sun Died”, released in 2014, marked SANCTUARY’s very well received comeback album presented live on tours through Europe, Japan, and the United States. While currently hard at work on the much anticipated new studio album, SANCTUARY now unveil the previously announced “Inception”, which offers the unearthed and restored 1986 demo recordings done prior to “Refuge Denied”.
Guitarist Lenny Rutledge explains: “For me personally, I just wanted fans to be able to hear proper versions of the demos. They had a certain energy that was captured during the early days, maybe even more so than “Refuge Denied”. It’s no secret that you can find these on the internet but the quality is horrible. I think most people are under the impression that these are remastered versions of “Refuge…”, but this is all a prequel!”
With several festivals already booked for 2017, a new album in the works, “Inception” being released, this shall be the year when past and future of SANCTUARY unite. Look forward to the next assault of the soldiers of steel!
1. Dream Of The Incubus (4:28)
2. Die For My Sins (3:41)
3. Soldiers Of Steel (6:39)
4. Death Rider / Third War (4:15)
5. White Rabbit (Jefferson Airplane cover) (2:35)
6. Ascension To Destiny (5:06)
7. Battle Angels (5:19)
8. I Am Insane (4:02)
9. Veil Of Disguise (6:23)
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