CORNERS OF SANCTUARY - HARLEQUIN (Independent/Pure Steel Publishing)
Am I wrong or did Pure Steel start to promote self-released albums? Not a bad idea at all if you would ask me. It gives the band the chance to reach a bigger public, Pure Steel to ‘wait and see’ about the reactions of this public. At least it gives me the chance to receive full albums instead of promotional versions, so you don’t hear me complain… Corners Of Sanctuary is heading from out of the USA and contains members of a band that lived under the name of Seekers. US Metal fanatics might know this band from their EP in 1990.
Corners Of Sanctuary delivers traditional Heavy Metal without being surprising. This is their second effort, along with two EP’s and must be liked by fans of US Metal. All tracks are played on a good mid-tempo and I have to say it’s a pleasure listening to this one. Keyboards are added to the music, on a subtle way, and it fits the songs because it often gives a special mood to them. This trio contains middle aged members I suppose, as I am and that explains the Eighties atmosphere on this entire record. Fans of bands like Seven Witches, Manilla Road, Overlorde, K-Octave but also for example Black Sabbath fans will like this one. Also the spirits of the oldest NWOBHM bands are also constantly giving dark power to this release, which makes it surely worth checking it out.
What I really like, next to the good old school mood, are the blistering and emotional played leads. Mick Michaels is not the new Malmsteen nor Impellitteri but he knows how to pull the strings. Drummer Sean Nelligan is the back-but also the frontman of Corners Of Sanctuary and although he’s not the newest talent he contains an enjoyable and expressive voice sound. I heard some high screams…. I would like to hear them more to empower his vocal lines. Anyway, on a track like “Crying Angel – Renee’s song” you can hear what these guys are capable of, a superb song with a very creepy atmosphere…
This album contains more than enough catchy riffs and exciting songs to please any oldie amongst us. I you’re into the underground scène of True Heavy Metal Corners Of Sanctuary will easily please you. Good release, no doubts. Check http://www.cornersofsanctuary.com.
My Points: 81 / 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 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish