Seattle, WA can not be only recognized for being the cradle of the Grunge movement during the early 90’s, it is also the home of Sanctuary. An short-lived progressive metal band that released two of the most important works at the time; Refuge Denied in 1987 (Battle Angels anyone?) and Into The Mirror Black in 1989. Records that are a fundamental part of the base of what today is the American progressive metal scene. Unfortunately the band broke up in 1991 to later transcend in what we all know was Nevermore (but, that is a story for another time).
Almost 18 years later, Warrel Dane, Lenny Rutledge, Jim Sheppard, and Dave Budbill reunited for a handful of shows and festivals around the world. After realizing that the flame and the will to do something more was still there they decided to record a new album. For that, they recruited guitarist Brad Hull (ex – Force Entry). The result is The Year The Sun Died, a 11 track album that will be released this October, supported by a west coast tour in November.
Recently, The Age Of Metal talked to Warrel Dane, vocalist and founder member of Sanctuary. We talked about the new album, the band’s reunion, how they sound now, his solo projects, and why you should be excited about Sanctuary‘s new album and live shows.
Nov. 14 – Seattle, WA – S7
Nov. 15 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw
Nov. 16 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne
Nov. 19 – Anaheim, CA – The Grove
Nov. 20 – Las Vegas, NV – LVCS
Nov. 21 – Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
Nov. 22 – San Diego, CA – Ramona Mainstage