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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: https://sanctuary.lnk.to/IntoTheMirrorBlack30Anniversary

Into the Mirror Black T-shirts can also be found at http://www.Sanctuaryofficial.com

“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 www.cmdistro.de) and limited grey vinyl (300 copies). 

Pre-order your copy on CD or vinyl now: https://sanctuary.lnk.to/IntoTheMirrorBlack30Anniversary

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: 

www.sanctuaryofficial.com 

 

 

 

Witherfall Tempest Red Blend Wine Now Available 

WITHERFALL ANNOUNCE EXCLUSIVE TEMPEST RED BLEND WINE 

BAND IN THE STUDIO RECORDING NEW ALBUM 

 

 

(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”: 

 

RIP Paul Sternquist 

Today i learned that one of my oldest and dearest friends passed away from cancer. Paul was one a kind. Some how managing to be both curmudgeon yet good spirited at the same time. Paul was one of the first people i met when i came back to Los Angeles in the mid 2000's we played in a few ridiculous cover bands. In 2007 he joined my psuedo-goth prog band Midnight Reign...

I'm most proud of this song We wrote together while working on his 2nd Solo CD... His solo is really special on this one.

Anyone that knows me, knows that i have little time for friends and zero time for acquaintances... I can count on my left hand my great friends... Paul was one of them. I love and will miss him. Travel on...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaYNWI0p9nA

 

 

RIP Paul Sternquist

Paul is survived by his wife and co-curmudgeon Teresa Sternquist. Per his wishes she will have him cremated. If you'd like to contribute the Cancer fund is still up and taking donations to pay for this final expense.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/paul-sternquist-cancer-fund

 

His cremation expenses are due today and anything that you can do helps...

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 
statement. 


"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:


Youtube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82wrBg39TSs&feature=youtu.be 
 

 

Joseph Michael(WItherfall) To Perform Entire Refuge Denied Album with Sancutary 

 

Photo by Neil Lim Sang

 

SANCTUARY – return to Europe for special festival shows and discuss future plans in new video

 

On December 13th, 2017, Warrel Dane, the legendary lead singer of Sanctuary and Nevermore passed away while recording his posthumously released studio album “Shadow Work”. At that time, Sanctuary had already confirmed and announced a US tour supporting Iced Earth in February/March 2018 and while shocked by Warrel Dane’s passing, decided to turn it into a tribute to his legacy with exceptionally talented Witherfall vocalist Joseph Michael. Performing tracks from 1988’s “Refuge Denied”, 1990’s “Into the Mirror Black” and 2014’s “The Year the Sun Died”, Joseph Michael delivered a stunning performance and received very positive feedback from the fans attending the shows. Remaining founding members Lenny Rutledge (guitars) and Dave Budbill (drums) ultimately made the decision to continue with Sanctuary and new singer Joseph Michael not only as a live act, but also compose and record a new album, which is currently expected to surface in 2020.

 

Now, the band has confirmed two European festival shows this summer and will tour North America in July performing the entire “Refuge Denied” album as Lenny Rutledge explains:

 

“Sanctuary are looking forward to playing two special festival shows in Europe this summer in addition to our commemorative “Refuge Denied” dates in the US where we will perform our classic debut album in full. If you’re an old school Sanctuary fan or a fan of classic metal, you don’t what to miss this run of dates! Joseph Michael (Witherfall) is the new singer of Sanctuary and we will be playing songs from all 3 albums but focusing on the earlier material. Come check out the return of Sanctuary!”

 

Lenny Rutledge and Joseph Michael reveal more about Sanctuary’s future in this new video:

https://youtu.be/GNIVfSiOENA

 

 

While the new album is still months away, Sanctuary will continue to perform live as Joseph Michael enables the group to do intense old school sets including the soaring vocals and high screams, fans know and love on albums such as “Refuge Denied” and “Into the Mirror Black”. Sometimes, great triumph comes from great tragedy, and this sounds true in regards to Sanctuary!

 

 

SANCTUARY live 2019

2019 North American tour - Performing all of “Refuge Denied”!

With special guests: Ghost Ship Octavius

July 11 Atlanta, GA - Basement

July 12 Chapel Hill, NC – Local 586

July 13 Frederick, MD – Cafe 611

July 14 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus Bar

July 16 Somerville, MA – Once Ballroom

July 17 Pittsburgh, PA – Crafthouse

July 18 Cincinnati, OH – North Side Yacht Club

July 19 Indianapolis, IN – Black Circle Brewery

July 20 Detroit, MI – Sanctuary

July 21 Chicago, IL – Reggies

August 16 Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom *

August 17 Seattle, WA – El Corazon *

* only SANCTUARY performing

 

Tickets and merch available at https://www.sanctuaryofficial.com/home

 

2019 European festival shows:

25. - 27.07.2019 Brande-Hörnerkichen (DE) Headbangers Open Air        

10.08.2019 Kortrijk (BE) Alcatraz Festival

 

Latest release:

SANCTUARY “Inception” (Remixed & Remastered 1986 Demos) http://smarturl.it/SanctuaryINCEPTION  

 

Also check out:

WARREL DANE “Shadow Work” https://warreldane.lnk.to/ShadowWorkID

WITHERFALL “A Prelude To Sorrow” https://witherfallband.lnk.to/APreludeToSorrow

WITHERFALL “Vintage – EP” https://witherfallband.lnk.to/vintageID

 

 

Happy New Years  

Happy New Years from all of us in WItherfall, we have exciting news to share with you within the next  two weeks!

Here is a discount code good until the morning for 20% off  enter NEWYEAR at checkout

Joseph Michael(WItherfall) Official Vocalist of Sanctuary 

Sanctuary founding guitarist/songwriter gives an interview with Decibel Magazine regarding the future of Sanctuary and new Vocalist Joseph Michael..

 

https://bit.ly/2SOaEJY

 

Watch a clip from the Iced Earth/Sanctuary tour earlier this year...

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTBeW1-x3X0&start_radio=1&list=RDcTBeW1-x3X0&t=5

 

listen to more and get more info at:

 

WITHERFALL New Album “A Prelude To Sorrow” Out Today via Century Media 

Today US dark melodic metal masters WITHERFALL have released “A Prelude to Sorrow”, the highly anticipated follow-up to 2017’s “Nocturnes and Requiems”.   Listen to the album in its entirety HERE. 

Watch an unboxing video of “A Prelude To Sorrow” HERE. 

 

Last day Sale on this bundle!

The media reaction to the album has been nothing short of extraordinary: 

"A Prelude To Sorrow" provides the listener a cathartic release through some of the most mesmerizing music I have ever heard. The savage brilliance of this album is stunning 

-9.5/10 -Metal Wani- 

One of the most talented acts in metal; check this out and be impressed 

-Angry Metal Guy- 

The turmoil of WITHERFALL‘s chaotic, highly technical and dramatic performance is as impressive as ever. 

-Distorted Sound Magazine- 

-5/5 Metal Hammer.de- 

I implore you listen to ‘A Prelude to Sorrow’ so that you too can share in an album that is as moving as it is memorable, as emotional as it is engaging, as intelligent as it is intimate and that is as heavy lyrically as it is musically. In short, it’s a sonic tour-de-force. 

- 9.8/10 Man of Much Metal- 

A Prelude To Sorrow" is one of the recordings of the year. 

-Rock Hard Greece- 

‘We are Nothing’ and ‘Vintage’ being the shining stars. Both songs are 11 minute compositions reminding of the best, progressive metal offered till today. 

-9/10 Markusheavymusicblog- 

WITHERFALL understand how to package perfectly negative emotions in such a way that a large whole emerges. Despite the blows of fate (or maybe just because of that), the band grows beyond itself. Actually, it cannot get better. 

- 9/10 Hell-fire magazine- 

8.5 / 10 Joseph Michael’s powerful voice belongs to the best of the genre. 

-ROCK HARD (Ger) Soundcheck #9- 

-AARDSCHOK (NL) Soundcheck #3- 

90 / 100 A blasting album where technique and vibe fit perfectly together! 

-LORDSOFMETAL.NL- 

9 / 10 – WITHERFALL have delivered an impressive follow-up 

-BURNYOUREARS.DE- 

Magnificent! 

-9/10 Rock Tribune (B)- 

‘A Prelude To Sorrow’ overwhelmed me upon first listen and has enough interesting details to keep surprising me" 

-Gitarist (NL)- 

Bolstered by a clear, crisp recording, this album is an essential listen for any heavy/power/progressive metal fan. 

-Wonder Box Metal- 

On “A Prelude to Sorrow”, main songwriters Joseph Michael (vocals, Sanctuary – live) and Jake Dreyer (Iced Earth) succeeded in perfectly combining the group’s technical proficiency with an appropriate eerie and somber atmosphere, manifesting also in Kristian Wåhlin’s majestic cover painting. “A Prelude to Sorrow” was mixed and mastered by Chris “Zeuss” Harris. (Sanctuary, Queensryche, Iced Earth) 

The album is available as a Limited Edition Digipak, jewel case CD (US only), gatefold 2LP plus poster and etching on Side D as well as digital album. 

The following limited vinyl colors are available: 

•        400x transparent blue vinyl – only available at www.witherfall.com/merch 

•        200x clear vinyl – only available at Century Media’s European store http://bit.ly/WitherfallCMD 

•        CD/LP plus t-shirt bundles available here: https://merchnow.com/catalogs/witherfall 

View all “A Prelude To Sorrow” order options: https://witherfallband.lnk.to/APreludeToSorrow