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Sanctuary Into The Mirror Black 30th Year Anniversary TOUR! 

SANCTUARY coming to Europe for their “Into The Mirror Black 30th Anniversary” tour in the fall 2021 with support from HALCYON WAY!

Seattle, Washington based metal veterans SANCTUARY will be coming back to Europe in the fall 2021 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their classic record ‘Into The Mirror Black’ (1990) and its remastered special edition release, due October 9th, 2020 via Century Media Records.
Even though the initial plans to commemorate this big anniversary live in 2020 with current singer Joseph Michael (Witherfall) had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, fear not, because the band will still be playing ‘Into The Mirror Black’ in its entirety in 2021 and the anniversary of this great album will still be celebrated accordingly.





Originally formed back in 1985 SANCTUARY are one of the most unique and captivating acts to emerge. After quickly having established the band as a household name for high-class metal and having gathered supporters all around the globe with their first two albums ‘Refuge Denied’ (1988) and ‘Into The Mirror Black’ (1990) the band´s commercial career came to an unfortunate halt, leading to the creation and rise of Nevermore. In 2011 though, Sanctuary reformed again, celebrated its live comeback, put out their third album, ‘The Year The Sun Died’ in 2014 and are now more than eager to start a new chapter in the band´s history. Both by staying true to their roots and fans from back in the days and by still being at the ravages of time when it comes to the remastered sound of their most successful album ‘Into The Mirror Black’ attracting new fans all over the world.
The album was carefully remastered by Zeuss (Queensrÿche, Iced Earth, Overkill) to make it sound a bit fuller and heavier without losing the original feel and the extra tracks are real gems for SANCTUARY devotees. Its gloomy atmosphere and thought-provoking lyrics, its brilliant mix borderlining heavy and thrash metal, its stellar guitar work and the expressive vocals of the one and only Warrel Dane (R.I.P.) are just some of the reasons why this record stood the test of time.
And why this tour will be one for the books for sure!

Support will be coming from Atlanta, Georgia based progressive power metal band HALCYON WAY.


Rock Hard, MusiX and present:

Into The Mirror Black 30th anniversary tour 2021
+ support HALCYON WAY

16.09.2021    (DE)            HAMBURG    Kronensaal
17.09.2021    (BE)             AARSCHOT    De Klinker
18.09.2021    (NL)            LEIDEN    Metal Experience Fest
19.09.2021    (CH)            LUZERN    Schüür
21.09.2021    (DE)            MANNHEIM    7er Club
22.09.2021    (DE)            MUNICH    Backstage Halle
23.09.2021    (DE)            ASCHAFFENBURG    Colos-Saal
24.09.2021    (DE)            LUENEN    Lükaz
25.09.2021    (DK)            AALBORG    Studenterhuset
26.09.2021    (NO)           OSLO    Krøsset
28.09.2021    (FI)              HELSINKI    On the rocks
30.09.2021    (SE)             STOCKHOLM    Slaktkyrkan
01.10.2021    (SE)             GOTHENBURG    Valand
02.10.2021    (SE)             MALMÖ    Babel
03.10.2021    (DE)            OLDENBURG    MTS Record Store *** special record store show ***


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Line-up (current):
Joseph Michael – Vocals
Lenny Rutledge – Guitars
George Hernandez – Bass
Dave Budbill – Drums

Sanctuary Into The Mirror Black 30th Year Anniversary Edition 

SANCTUARY – to release 30th Anniversary Edition of “Into The Mirror Black” on October 9th, 2020. Presales are available now!

Pre-order your copy on CD or vinyl now:

Into the Mirror Black T-shirts can also be found at

“Into The Mirror Black”, originally released in 1990, is a truly special, much revered metal record, which received massive critical acclaim back when it came out and is still loved dearly to the very day. 

Its gloomy atmosphere and thought-provoking lyrics, its brilliant mix borderlining heavy and thrash metal, its stellar guitar work and the expressive vocals of the one and only Warrel Dane (R.I.P.) are just some of the reasons why this record stood the test of time. 

In 2020, “Into The Mirror Black” celebrates its 30th anniversary and while the plans to commemorate this event live with current singer Joseph Michael (Witherfall) had to be postponed, these limited triple vinyl and double CD deluxe editions created with guitarist Lenny Rutledge, honour the timeless grandeur of “Into The Mirror Black” extremely well and will be released through Century Media Records as strictly limited formats on October 9th, 2020. 

Lenny Rutledge comments:

“We are so excited to finally be releasing this special edition of “Into The Mirror Black”! The remaster of the original songs sounds awesome and the 1990 “Black Reflections” live concert is finally going to be released in all its authentic live glory. The live material was mixed and mastered by Zeuss and is presented as recorded. No re-recordings or overdubs. Look for Sanctuary on tour in Fall of 2021 playing the entire “Into The Mirror Black” set. We cant wait to bring the live show to Europe, USA and South America in 2021.”

The album was carefully remastered by Zeuss (Queensrÿche, Iced Earth, Overkill) to make it sound a bit fuller and heavier without losing the original feel and the extra tracks are real gems for SANCTUARY devotees: Three previously unreleased studio demos (incl. ‘I’m Insane’) and an entire, newly mixed 10-track live album from 1990, which was only partially released on a rare promo-EP. “The concert from 1990 is a total snapshot in time,” says Zeuss, “when the band was at its peak. It’s captured before the initial breakup which led to Warrel and Jim forming Nevermore. Hearing it brought me right back to the first time I personally saw them.” 

Apart from its sonic treasures, this new edition also offers tons of rare and previously unpublished photos as well as liner notes from Lenny Rutledge and bassist Jim Sheppard, who share memories, good and bad, tour stories and give insight into the creation of this opus resulting in a companion release to 2017’s “Inception”. 

“Into The Mirror Black (30th Anniversary Edition)” will be released as limited LP edition containing three 180 gram vinyls housed in a widespined Gatefold sleeve and includes an 8-page LP-sized booklet, and the 2CD format comes in a digipak and slipcase packaging. 

The tracklisting is below: 

DISC 1 (60:53) 

1. Future Tense (5:07) 

2. Taste Revenge (5:03) 

3. Long Since Dark (5:06) 

4. Epitaph (6:03) 

5. Eden Lies Obscured (5:23) 

6. The Mirror Black (5:06) 

7. Seasons of Destruction (4:51) 

8. One More Murder (4:20) 

9. Communion (5:38) 

10. Future Tense (Demo 1989) (5:16) 

11. I Am Insane (Demo 1989) (4:04) 

12. Mirror Black (Demo 1989) (4:56) 


DISC 2 (49:26) 

1. Eden Lies Obscured (Live 1990) (5:15) 

2. Seasons of Destruction (Live 1990) (5:01) 

3. Die For My Sins (Live 1990) (4:05) 

4. Future Tense (Live 1990) (5:15) 

5. White Rabbit (Live 1990) (5:37) 

6. Taste Revenge (Live 1990) (5:09) 

7. Long Since Dark (Live 1990) (5:08) 

8. Sanctuary (Live 1990) (4:25) 

9. One More Murder (Live 1990) (4:13) 

10. Battle Angels (Live 1990) (5:18)

The “Into The Mirror Black (30th Anniversary Edition)” will be also available as limited lilac vinyl (200 copies, exclusively available through and limited grey vinyl (300 copies). 

Pre-order your copy on CD or vinyl now:

Line-up (on this recording): 

Warrel Dane - Vocals 

Lenny Rutledge - Guitars 

Sean Blosl - Guitars 

Jim Sheppard - Bass 

Dave Budbill – Drums 

Line-up (current): 

Joseph Michael - Vocals 

Lenny Rutledge - Guitars 

George Hernandez - Bass 

Dave Budbill – Drums 

SANCTUARY online: 




Witherfall Tempest Red Blend Wine Now Available 





(Los Angeles, CA – March 30, 2020) – US dark melodic metal act WITHERFALL announce Tempest Red Blend wine. The band partnered up with one of their favorite California wineries, Carlie & Echo, to bring fans their very own limited edition red blend. The wine will be shipping starting May 1st and is available for purchase HERE.   


“With the amount of red wine that various members of Witherfall consume on a daily basis, it is only fitting that we partnered up with one of our favorite California Wineries Charlie & Echo  to introduce our very own Witherfall ‘Tempest Red Blend’. Witherfall vocalist Joseph Michael met with Charlie & Echo chief Eric Van Drunen during an event and sampled some of the wines,” states Witherfall about the announcement. During these apocalyptic times, with everyone now shuttered inside, the best way we can think of to cope and escape the madness is to become comfortably numb with a nice bottle of ‘Tempest Red Blend’ accompanied by attractive company and your favorite Witherfall tracks spinning in the background.” 


"I was instantly in love with the dark variety of reds i sampled. They perfectly matched my palate. We spoke for a few months and finally we are able to bring you this collaboration,” states Witherfall frontman Joseph Michael. 


"We were thrilled when Witherfall approached us about teaming up on a wine, and we're really pleased with the Tempest Red Blend that we've created. A blend of Petite Sirah, Syrah, Nebbiolo and Zinfandel, it exudes depth, complexity and richness, while maintaining a melodic vibrancy. The wine was made completely naturally from a vineyard farmed using only organic methods, so there's an honesty to it that I think reflects the values of the music,” states Charlie & Echo winemaker, Eric Van Drunen. 



Witherfall is currently back in the studio working on their new album. Stay tuned for more details on the band’s forthcoming third full-length album by following the band on socials. 

Vintage, Witherfall’s recent EP, was released Spring 2019 to much anticipation from the metal world. Vintage includes acoustic interpretations of tracks from the band’s previous acclaimed releases A Prelude to Sorrow and Nocturnes and Requiems. It also includes covers of Helloween’s “A Tale That Wasn’t Right” and Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down”. Vintage is available to stream and purchase HERE.    

WITHERFALL is Joseph Michael (Vocals/Guitar/Keyboards), Jake Dreyer (Guitars), Anthony Crawford (Bass), Alex Nasla (Keyboards), and Bruno Valverde (Live Drums). 

Purchase/Stream A Prelude To Sorrow: 

Purchase/Stream Nocturnes and Requiems


Watch “Ode To Despair”: 


Watch “Vintage”: 


Former and Current Members of Nevermore, Sanctuary & Witherfall Cover Savatage  

Joseph Michael (Witherfall, Sanctuary) Van Williams (ex-Nevermore, Ghost Ship Octavious), Anthony Crawford 
(Witherfall, Chon), Joey Concepcion (Sanctuary, Jasta), Alex Nasla (Witherfall) and Will Wallner (White Wizzard) 
have collaborated on an epic recreation of the Savatage Song "Chance". The Song includes all of the Vocal insanity 
of the original and more. The song is set for a digital release July 18th, 2019. 


Right now Joseph Michael is out with SANCTUARY performing it's 1988 debut album, "Refuge Denied", in its entirety on 
the band's upcoming North American tour. The trek will kick off on July 11 in Atlanta and conclude on August 17 in 
Seattle. Support on the tour will come from GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS, the band featuring former NEVERMORE drummer 
Van Williams. 

"It is with great pleasure that we can finally announce that SANCTUARY are officially continuing on," the group said in a 

"This small string of U.S. dates will serve as the starting point of many more things to come. 
"To celebrate the deep history of the band and the connection the fans have with us, we will perform 'Refuge Denied' in its 
entirety, along with other popular songs. Along for this journey, GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS will be joining us. 
"2019 will be an exciting year." 
Tour dates: 

Jul. 11 - Atlanta, GA - Basement 
Jul. 12 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506 
Jul. 13 - Frederick, MD - Cafe 611 
Jul. 14 - Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus Bar 
Jul. 16 - Somerville, MA - Once Ballroom 
Jul. 17 - Pittsburgh, PA - Crafthouse 
Jul. 18 - Cincinnati, OH - North Side Yacht Club 
Jul. 19 - Indianapolis, IN - Black Circle Brewery 
Jul. 20 - Detroit, MI - Sanctuary 
Jul. 21 - Chicago, IL - Reggies 
Jul. 27 - HOA Germany 
Aug. 09 - Alcatraz Festival 
Aug. 16 - Portland, OR - Bossanova Ballroom 
Aug. 17 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon 
Sept. 04 - Atlanta, GA ProgPower USA 

Download the Song HERE:

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