SANKTUARY - SOMETHING FIERCE (Spread The Metal Records)
(Review by Stefan)
Without beating around the bush, we can’t deny the fact that 80s Metal experiencing a resurgence. Almost each and every day new bands appear to bring out albums in a vintage manner and I’m glad with that. No Metal like Classic Metal to me, I’m getting older and bolder but it’s good to know that the almighty 80s Metal still lives on and on. As for now, I proudly present a Canadian band called Sanktuary that are about to release its first full length effort through Spread The Metal Records. In the past, they brought out three EP’s but due to his faith and trust in these guys, CEO of STM Records offered them a well deserved contract for the release of “Something Fierce”.
Right from the beginning of the album you’ll hear that Sanktuary has a strong connection with 80s Heavy/Power/Thrash Metal. Opener ‘Deadly Prey’ is a short instrumental, sort of a warm up to me, I felt that the real Metal works has yet to come and I was right. ‘Heat Lightning’ comes like a thunder roar and has everything in promotion to deliver both thrashers and fans of NWOBHM a very good time. ‘Hail The Villain’ is a mixture of Classic Heavy Metal and good old Speed Metal. Thrash Metal reigns all over on next track ‘Thrill Of The Kill’, the vocals take another direction, more aggressive and I prefer the singer acting like this. Full forward with no looking back.
In a German old school thrashing mode comes ‘Breeching For Vengeance’ but the vocals this time are rather weak. ‘Fire In The Sky’ fill in all my desires due to fantastic riffs, high speed thrashing velocities and quite aggressive vocal lines and you won’t hear me complain about that. Maybe Sanktuary should think about to use only this way vocal use in the future. Last one ‘Midnight Mass’ appears in a good old Heavy Metal tradition but the vocals can’t convince me. Occasionally improper and too tiny too keep my attention up high, that’s why I suggest to sing more aggressive like was done on both ‘Thrill Of The Kill’ and ‘Fire In The Sky’, actually two fantastic Thrash Metal compositions Bay Area styled!
Although I am disdainful against some of the 'cleaner' vocal lines, “Something Fierce” still know how to please me I some ways. New bands coming out to play by keeping the 80s Metal tradition of paramount importance is an absolute pluspoint to me. Classic Heavy Metal maniacs, worshippers of NWOBHM and those hooked on Powerthrashing Metal already know what to do, to place an order right on using the following page: http://www.spreadthemetal.com/page_artistdevelopment.html check out Sanktuary by hitting next link : http://www.myspace.com/sanktuaryslays
My Points: 86 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & classic ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 89: Decent but better to take a preview first
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard