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Sanctum (Australia)

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hortly after forming in their hometown of Melbourne, Australia, Sanctum moved to London, England to capitalize on its prestige in the global music industry. Their debut 1995 EP, Dimensions Of The Mind, on the 'C.G. Records' label (completed before their departure), received the coveted "Single of the week" in Kerrang! Magazine by Rob Zombie, who was the guest reviewer of that week. To feed on this newfound fame, they launched their second effort, Untamed, which gave them gigs in the London area, including a sell-out date at the "Rock Garden", thus firmly planting them into the underground scene.

Their next goal was to tackle the challenge of finding managers and labels who would be interested. This prompted a return to the studio; the result was Absorbed, published via 'Fear Family Assassins Records' in the style of Machine Head and their lot. Several thousand units were sold in the U.K. which helped land them choice gigs with Skinlab, Kill 2 This, Earthtone9 and Pulkas, leaving them to be hailed as "London's Favourite Unsigned Metal Band" by Kerrang! Magazine. A follow-up was yet again called for and it culminated in the completion of the Uncen$ored Opinion EP (2000), and the live at CBGBs effort titled New York Bluster (2000), featuring the line-up of Johnny G. (bass), T-Bone (drums), Si-Borg (guitar) and D (guitar/vocals); the latter album featuring two new tracks comparable to the finest the U.S. has to offer.

At time of publishing a new yet untitled album has been in the works for sometime but was delayed due to T-Bone's battle with cancer.


Footnote: Several bands have gone under the name Sanctum, none are affiliated with each other. Although this act's official biography is on file at the RRCA it lacks the member's names.


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Nation Australia
City Melbourne
Promotional Address 44 Torrington Dr., South Harrow, Middlesex, England. HA2 8NF
Genre Metalcore
Formations/Versions 1
Web http://www.planetsanctum.org.uk
Active Years 1995-
E-Mail Unknown
Old RRCA File Code ERF00124
New Reference Code 81

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