Seattle’s very own metal legends Sanctuary stopped by Club Red in Mesa, AZ Wednesday night for a good old-fashioned metal show. Sanctuary reformed a couple of years back after a long hiatus, but since their return they have been quite busy by releasing a new album, The Year The Sun Died (2014), and touring North America, Europe, and some of the summer festivals in Europe.
But it seems it was yesterday that I saw Sanctuary here in Mesa, AZ (it was actually November last year). This time around they had some line up changes with them, as they tapped young guitar prodigy Nick Cordle (Arsis, Arch Enemy) for their European tour at the beginning of the year, and now on this North American tour leg, we are not able to confirm is Cordle will stay with the band, but for now it fits them well.
Sanctuary‘s show Wednesday was an interesting mix of old and new songs, starting with pointing out that they played a lot more songs from The Year The Sun Died that they did last year. Also the last half hour of the show it was like a throwback treat for the fans, who got to enjoy material from their first album. Sanctuary sounded tighter than last year. Nick Cordle‘s skills definitely improved the overall live sound of Sanctuary.
Even though, it was a Wednesday night some of the hardcore fans of Sanctuary showed up big and some of them even enjoyed the weird humor of Warrel Dane, who seemed a bit off of himself on stage. Sanctuary delivered a good show, that I wish more people would have had the chance to see, but unfortunately because of the massive number of shows coming into the Phoenix, AZ area this couple of weeks, some people had to pick and choose what too see and what they had to let pass.