"Inception" is a compilation album by American heavy metal band Sanctuary, released on February 24, 2017 through Century Media. A prequel to the band's 1988 debut album Refuge Denied, the album contains remixed and remastered lost studio recordings from 1986.
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It was often the case in the 80s that a band’s demo had the edge on their first album; sometimes on an official debut, studio inexperience and label pressure can detract from the raw, spontaneous attack of earlier homemade recordings. Here’s a classic example.
Rescued from a box in a barn, these are recently rediscovered 1986 demo songs by tech-power metal pioneers Sanctuary, most of which ended up on their 1988 debut Refuge Denied – produced, poorly, by Dave Mustaine. It was scarcely a duff LP, but at this nascent stage the passion and energy of the newborn band is at full pelt, and with a painstakingly remixed and remastered sound, these tunes lurch across the decades to punch the listener in the face. Ravening belters like Battle Angels and Death Rider/Third War mix up thrashing keg-party juvenilia with tentatively progressive and epic inclinations. The performances are brimming with spunk and Sanctuary’s rampant 80s metal heroism is boosted to glory by Warrel Dane’s full-force high-notes and some deliriously maniacal guitar solos.
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