Sanctuary Books “Into The Mirror Black 30th Anniversary” Tour

Reunited Thrash legends Sanctuary will embark on a 30th Anniversary celebration, a tour supporting their 1990 release Into The Mirror Black in 2021. Direct support will come from Prog metallers Halcyon Way. The original album released on February 2nd, 1990 via Epic Records, and its remastered special edition release is out now via Century Media Records. Even though the initial plans to commemorate this big anniversary live in 2020 with current singer Joseph Michael (Witherfall), stepping in for the late Warrel Dane, had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the band will perform the entire album and likely hits and eep cuts as they have done recently, on their 2021 tour. Sanctuary’s iconic vocalist Warrel Dane passed away on December 13th, 2017.

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 die-hard fans.


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




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 ***

Watch our interview with Lenny Rutledge about Warrel Dane, Joseph Michael and the Sanctuary reunion.

Sanctuary Teases New Album, Tour Kicking Off Next Week

Sanctuary kicks off their new tour dates next week with Ghost Ship Octavius, seeing the band performing all of “Refuge Denied”, continuing to pay tribute to late singer Warrel Dane. The band has teased their new album, with artwork and a promise of new music coming soon. Continue reading

Sanctuary Announce Future Plans for Recording and Touring

Sanctuary guitarist Lenny Rutledge and new vocalist Joseph Michael speak about the future of the band and 2019 live shows. Moving forward with the project they are protecting and sharing the legacy of late singer Warrel Dane who passed away late in 2017 and are planning to make new music as well. Continue reading

Watch Warrel Dane’s Memorial Service

The music world is still reeling from the loss of Warrel Dane. The Nevermore and Sanctuary vocalist died of an apparent heart attack last month, and left a hole in the scene that no one will be able to fill. Yesterday his band mates, friends, and fans gathered together in Seattle to share their memories of Warrel, and thankfully for those of us who couldn’t make it, the entire service was streamed online. Continue reading

Sanctuary – Inception

Formed in 1985 in the city most associated with grunge, Seattle, was Sanctuary. They released two killer albums before breaking up in 1991 due to the changing music scene and growing divisions within the band. They reunited in 2010, with their much vaunted comeback album The Year The Sun Died (Century Media) coming out in 2014.Continue reading

Sanctuary Touring Europe With Overkill

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The 2014 comeback album, The Year The Sun Died, from the legendary Seattle band Sanctuary took the metal world by storm. The four original band members – Warrel Dane (vocals, ex-Nevermore), Lenny Rutledge (guitars), Jim Sheppard (bass, ex-Nevermore) and Dave Budbill (drums) – proved to be still on top of the game with an album that pleased every old fan without sounding old fashioned. Now they will be touring Europe with Overkill and have announced Nick Cordle will be part of their live lineup.

Lenny Rutledge comments:

“Brad Hull has recently parted ways with SANCTUARY. We are excited to welcome Nick Cordle from ARCH ENEMY and ARSIS to the SANCTUARY team. Nick is an amazing musician and we believe he will bring a fresh energy to the line-up. You can see Nick Cordle with SANCTUARY this March touring Europe on the Killfest tour.”

Nick Cordle adds:

“It’ll be a great pleasure to join SANCTUARY on tour in Europe! I’ve admired the band for a long time and ‘The Year The Sun Died’ is a breath of fresh air. It’s a welcome challenge to work up these songs and I’m excited to get moving!”

Mar 03: Underworld – London (UK) (supported by METASOMA and MONUMENT)
Mar 04: Meiers Music Hall Braunschweig (DE) (supporting OVERKILL)
Mar 05: Hell Raiser – Leipzig (DE) (supporting OVERKILL)
Mar 06: Kaminwerk – Memmingen (DE) (supporting OVERKILL)
Mar 07: Komma VZ – Worgl (AT) (supporting OVERKILL)
Mar 08: Szene – Vienna (AT) (supporting OVERKILL)
Mar 09: Dom Omladine – Beograd (SRB) (supporting OVERKILL)
Mar 10: Kino Sisak – Ljubljana (SLO) (supporting OVERKILL)
Mar 11: Tvornica – Zagreb (HR) (supporting OVERKILL)
Mar 13: Club 202 – Budapest (HU) (supporting OVERKILL)
Mar 14: Mega Club – Katowice (PL) (supporting OVERKILL)
Mar 15: B90 – Gdansk (PL) (supporting OVERKILL
Mar 17: Hedon – Zwolle (NL) (supporting OVERKILL)
Mar 18: Les Trinitaires – Metz (FR) (supporting OVERKILL)
Mar 20: Eightball Club – Thessaloniki (GR)
Mar 21: Gagarin205 – Athens (GR)
Mar 22 – 24: – Rock Hard Festival – Gelsenkirchen (DE)

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