Reunited '80s cult metal outfit SANCTUARY has parted ways with guitarist Brad Hull and has replaced him with Nick Cordle (pictured; ex-ARCH ENEMY, ARSIS).
Says SANCTUARY guitarist Lenny Rutledge: "Nick is an amazing musician and we believe he will bring a fresh energy to the lineup. You can see Nick Cordle with SANCTUARY this March touring Europe on the Killfest tour."
Adds Cordle: "It'll be a great pleasure to join SANCTUARY on tour in Europe! I've admired the band for a long time and [SANCTUARY's new album] '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!"
SANCTUARY's European tour starts with a very special headline show in London before they join the mighty OVERKILL for a run of mainland shows. The trek will end with two headlining gigs in Greece.
SANCTUARY's comeback album, "The Year The Sun Died", was released in October 2014 via Century Media. Recorded in Seattle at Soundhouse Studios with producer Chris "Zeuss" Harris (SOULFLY, SHADOWS FALL, HATEBREED, MUNICIPAL WASTE), the CD features 11 tracks. There was a deluxe media book, available exclusively at CM Distro in the United States, which featured expanded packaging and the bonus track, a cover of THE DOORS classic "Waiting For The Sun". The vinyl version came with a CD featuring this bonus track as well. The cover artwork for the album was created by Travis Smith (OPETH, NEVERMORE).
SANCTUARY last year filmed video for the song "Frozen" with director Dirk Behlau.
In 2010, four of the founding SANCTUARY members — Warrel Dane, Jim Sheppard, Lenny Rutledge and Dave Budbill — came together for a few select reunion performances. At first, it was just going to be a handful of shows, but the response and chemistry on stage was so overwhelming that the guys changed their minds. Now, some 20 years after they left off, SANCTUARY has continued with its unique mix of U.S. power metal, hard rock and progressive elements.
SANCTUARY released the classic albums "Refuge Denied" and "Into The Mirror Black" during its short existence between 1985 and 1992. Following the band's split, Dane and Sheppard formed NEVERMORE.
SANCTUARY's current lineup:
Warrel Dane - Vocals
Lenny Rutledge - Guitar
Nick Cordle - Guitar
Jim Sheppard - Bass
Dave Budbill - Drums