Sanctuary The Year the Sun Died
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Winsomniac
October 16th 2014


8515 Comments


The instrumentals are definitely a good time. I think I'd actually like the vocals if they didn't feel a tiny bit overproduced at times.

Overproduction happens on screamed vocals too, but I think it's a little easier to ignore. Not bad overall though. Thanks for the link

Willie
Moderator
October 16th 2014


17609 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The first two songs are really good, but the rest is really... I don't know. The rest of the songs are just kind of there. Not great, not bad....just there....

emester
October 16th 2014


8249 Comments


would have thought you would dig the hell outta this willie

Willie
Moderator
October 16th 2014


17609 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I would have thought the same thing.

emester
October 16th 2014


8249 Comments


But yeah I definitely agree about the first two tracks outshining the rest

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
October 16th 2014


7964 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7 | Sound Off

I think the "problem" with the album is that we all got so familiar with the rich content Nevermore spoiled us all these years, and as Sanctuary were never as technical or so into extreme metal, the comparison tends to favor the former outfit.



The same "problem" exists between the first few Nevermore releases - Nevermore and In Memory - and the rest of the NM discog.



So yeah, the album sounds lacking by "Nevermore standards", but Sanctuary were (are) primarily a heavy/power metal band that developed some solid progressive metal elements on the sophomore album.

Digging: Windfaerer - Alma

Digis
October 19th 2014


25 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Digging the album a lot but i feel like as the album goes on the songs tend to blend together. Sworn To Believe kicks ass tough.

toomanyxsinmyname
October 19th 2014


506 Comments


yeah really digging this

TheNotrap
November 8th 2014


9168 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Nice review my friend.



"the author of this review can’t help wondering why people are asking him to take his pitch to the sky all the time.."

He had a serious injury during Refuge Denied sessions, Warrel can't hit the high notes like he used to.



The album has some pretty nice songs.

Digging: Pig Destroyer - Head Cage

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
November 8th 2014


7964 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7 | Sound Off

Thanks man.



His low pitch is just as excellent, that's why I wrote that. Besides high pitch singing feels dated for me, even though I like '80s metal a lot.





TheNotrap
November 8th 2014


9168 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Agreed, Warrel's low pitch is excellent.

I understand and partially agree with your comment about the high pitch singing.

zyklzy
November 22nd 2014


3 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I definitely need to rediscover this band. I can't work out why I haven't listened to Sanctuary in well over 10 years. After listening to the new album I still think "Into the Mirror Black" is by far their best.

pains
May 8th 2015


1 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Great Disappointment

bloc
September 1st 2016


51830 Comments


Shame this didn't get more attention

Digging: Blahzay Blahzay - Blah Blah Blah

TheNotrap
September 2nd 2016


9168 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Indeed.

bloc
February 26th 2017


51830 Comments


Yo wtf these guys have a new album out

RunOfTheMill
March 27th 2018


3759 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ARISE AND PURIFYYYYYYYYY

RunOfTheMill
March 30th 2018


3759 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This crushes, Warrel's voice has obv changed a lot but he really sounds good here.



RIP Warrel

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 13th 2018


7964 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7 | Sound Off

Band may release a new album



http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/sanctuary-guitarist-says-vocalist-joseph-michael-has-breathed-new-life-into-the-band/

RunOfTheMill
April 14th 2018


3759 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah I heard about that! I'd be stoked if they keep going, Joseph Michael really fit them well when I saw them live in March



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