Rock Hard, MusiX and Metal.de present:
Into the mirror black 30th anniversary tour
+ support HALCYON WAY
Sanctuary originally formed back in 1985 are one of the most unique and captivating acts to emerge from Seattle, Washington. While Seattle gained massive global attention during the “grunge” boom of the 90s, it was also home to metal giants such as Queensrÿche, Metal Church, and Sanctuary. The band’s 1988 debut album “Refuge Denied”, produced by none less than Dave Mustaine (Megadeth), quickly established the band as a household name for high-class metal. Blending the best of British and American influences musically with Warrel Dane’s extraordinary vocal and lyrical skills, Sanctuary gathered supporters all around the globe, upping the ante considerably when unleashing the darker, more refined masterpiece that is “Into the Mirror Black” in 1990.
On December 13th, 2017, vocalist Warrel Dane tragically passed away. The band made the decision to continue on and recruited vocalist Joseph Michael (Witherfall). Sanctuary now are eager to start an exciting new chapter in the history of the band since the sheer power and depth of these classic albums may not be forgotten, and these timeless anthems deserve to be remembered in the best possible way. 2020 brings about the 30th anniversary of the classic album, “Into the Mirror Black”, which is released as a remastered special edition on October 9th through Century Media. Due to Covid-19, the band’s touring plans in Europe and the States are being rescheduled to 2023. The band will still be playing “Into the Mirror Black” in its entirety in 2023 and the anniversary of this great album will still be celebrated.
Halcyon Way’s sound cannot be neatly slotted into any sub-category of metal; but it can be described as heavy, catchy, technical, and above all, focused on strong songcraft. The band draws influences & inspiration from many metal bands from Megadeth to Dream Theater to Testament to Chimaira. The focus of the song writing is on catchy hooks, vocal harmonies a la King’s X or Stryper, and on heavy, technical, but ultimately accessible instrumentation. Although these are many disparate influences, the net result is a brand of metal that is immediately familiar and comfortable to the listener, yet strangely hard to define.