UK progressive metal band, ARK ASCENT, featuring former ShadowKeep vocalist Rogue Marechal and current DGM bassist Andrea Arcangeli have released a new music video and single for ‘Sanctuary‘, the song is taken from their debut album ‘Downfall‘, which is set for release in September.

ARK ASCENT was formed in 2011 as ‘Prophecy‘ around composer and multi-instrumentalist Jack Kirby, then 19. Pre-production for the tracks that were eventually going to make the cut for their debut album started that same year, with Rogue Marechal (ex-ShadowKeep) on vocal duties. It would take a few years of fine tuning before the songs were to be considered ready for mixdown and Rich Hinks (Annihilator, Aeon Zen) brought in to co-produce and mix the album.

With their first release, ARK ASCENT take you on a journey, following the fate of humankind at the onset of a major disaster that will eventually lead to its destruction. ‘Sanctuary‘ is the first single from the forthcoming debut album ‘Downfall‘, scheduled for release this September.

Sanctuary is the song on the album that has gone through the most changes during pre-production. Overall the album is quite dark and lyrically this one is no different, but we really wanted to make a song that had a more uplifting feel to it and the final arrangements and mix reflect this. It really is a great introduction to the band and it became the obvious choice when time came to pick a song suitable for a promo video” (Rogue Marechal).

Line up:

Rogue Marechal – Vocals (ex-ShadowKeep)
Jack Kirby – Guitars
Andrea Arcangeli – Bass (DGM)
Michael Brush – Drums (Sirenia)
Katia Filipovic – Keyboards

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Reactivated Seattle metal band, Sanctuary, have released the video to their track, ‘Frozen’.

The track comes off their upcoming album, ‘The Year The Sun Died’, the video was filmed in Germany with director, Dirk Behlau.

Guitarist, Lenny Rutledge comments:
“This video shoot was a blast. The location was an abandoned coal mine processing plant near Essen, Germany. You can see many bizarre birdcage size baskets hanging from the ceiling. There were thousands of them. We were told that they were some type of ‘laundry management devices’. They appear as something much more creepy and ominous in my opinion. Almost as if they were some sort of medieval torture devices. The entire building seemed to have a very haunting vibe.”

“The Year The Sun Died”, the first Sanctuary album in 25 years, has been met with worldwide critical acclaim. Decibel Magazine (USA) proclaims, “You want powerful, progressive thrash metal? You’ll find it here” and gave it 8 out of 10 stars. Aardshock Magazine (NL) put the band on the cover proclaiming them the comeback of the year. The band also appeared on the cover of Germany’s Rock Hard with the number 1 album that month.

‘The Year the Sun Died’ will be released in North America on October 14th, October 6th in Europe and this Friday, October 3rd in Germany, Austria, Switzerland. It will feature 11 tracks. There will be a deluxe media book, which features expanded packaging and the bonus track, “Waiting for the Sun”, originally recorded by the Doors. The vinyl version will come with a CD featuring this bonus track as well. The 11 songs on the CD and LP are as follows:

1. Arise and Purify
2. Let The Serpent Follow Me
3. Exitium (Anthem of the Living)
4. Question Existence Fading
5. I Am Low
6. Frozen
7. One Final Day (Sworn to Believe)
8. The World is Wired
9. The Dying Age
10. Ad Vitam Aeternam
11. The Year the Sun Died

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Sanctuary was formed in Seattle in 1985, they released two studio albums on Epic Records, Refuge Denied in 1987 and Into the Mirror Black in 1989. Worldwide touring with the likes of Megadeth, Warlock, Fates Warning and Death Angel, just to name a few, followed each album. Singer, Warrel Dane’s, sky high vocals combined with guitarist, Lenny Rutledge’s more mature take on classic thrash riffs separated Sanctuary from the throes of metal bands struggling to get noticed as at the time. Simply put, Sanctuary offered something fresh sounding in the muddled world of ‘80s thrash.

SANCTUARY line-up 2014:
Warrel Dane – Vocals
Lenny Rutledge – Guitars
Jim Sheppard – Bass
Dave Budbill – Drums
Brad Hull – Guitars

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