Sanctity (band)

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Sanctity
Sanctity live in Oslo 2007.jpg
Sanctity, live in Oslo, Norway in 2007.
Background information
Origin Asheville, North Carolina
Genres Heavy metal
Years active 1998–2008
Labels RoadRunner Records
Website Official site
Members Zeff Childress
Scott Smith
Jeremy London
Past members Nate Queen
Jared MacEachern
Bill Moody
Joey Cox
Danny Lanier
Derek Anderson
Zach Jordan

Sanctity was a heavy metal band from Asheville, North Carolina, USA. They formed in 1998 and have released one album, Road to Bloodshed, on April 24, 2007. They are currently writing for a new album, with their new TBA vocalist. Zeff now has a separate project named Graveyard Fields and Jeremy, Jared and Derek also have a project together.[1]

History[edit]

After touring extensively around the North Carolina, Tennessee and South Carolina areas, Sanctity got their break after Trivium saw the band perform live at a gig in South Carolina. Matt Heafy, impressed with what he saw, received the band's recorded material, and passed it on to Roadrunner's A&R person Monte Conner.

In late 2005 the band self-financed and produced a music video for their song "Zeppo" with director Ramon Boutviseth. They were signed to Roadrunner and toured the US as a supporting act for Dragonforce in the first half of 2006. Megadeth's Dave Mustaine caught Sanctity's set at one of these shows and personally invited the band to join his summer metalfest Gigantour. Later that year, Sanctity supported labelmates Trivium on their first headlining tour of the US, and Children of Bodom on their US tour at the end of the year. The band released its debut album Road to Bloodshed on April 24, 2007, following the production and subsequent release of the music video for "Beneath the Machine", also directed by Boutviseth. They supported Trivium on their European tour along with Gojira and Annihilator, and opened for Zakk Wylde's band Black Label Society on the first leg of their spring US tour. Following the completion of a summer US tour with progressive metallers Symphony X, Sanctity set out on another US run in support of Machine Head alongside Arch Enemy and Throwdown. The music video for "Beloved Killer" was released shortly thereafter. In October 2007, the band embarked on their first headlining run, touring the UK with Evile and Romeo Must Die.

Lineup changes in 2008[edit]

North Carolina thrashers Sanctity have issued the following update:

"Yes, the rumors are true, Jared [MacEachern; vocals, rhythm guitar] and Derek [Anderson, bass] have left Sanctity for personal reasons. Originally we were planning to announce the addition of Brian Stephenson (Aggressor, ex-Annihilator) on guitar during the Sonata Arctica tour, but things have changed in the last two months. Jared just had a beautiful baby girl in December and decided that being a good father was the most important thing and Sanctity agrees. During this time Derek had a situation at home and came to a mutual decision to leave Sanctity as well.

"Despite having two members leave, Sanctity continues instead of flaking out and dropping off a tour we were obligated to. Brian stepped up as our new vocalist and we have hometown friends Zach Jordan and Scott Smith (both in Above the Means) filling in on guitar and bass respectively.

"Perseverance is nothing new to Sanctity, we've dealt with everything from gear being stolen, being stranded in Wisconsin, bus accidents and now this.

"Once Sanctity is back home we'll be deciding on a permanent lineup, but we're having a blast tearing it up in Canada with Sonata Arctica, braving this crazy −55 degree weather."

Members[edit]

Former[edit]

Discography[edit]

Since their adoption to Roadrunner Records, Sanctity have released one studio album.

Demos[edit]

  • Untitled (2003)
  1. "Harvest" – 4:18
  2. "Images" – 4:36
  3. "Two Days from Yesterday" – 4:12
  • Untitled (2005)
  1. "Driftwood"
  2. "Lost to Ego"
  3. "Seconds"
  4. "Brotherhood"

EPs[edit]

  • Bedroom Sessions (2004)
  1. "Shallow Lies" – 3:43
  2. "Flatline" – 4:27
  3. "Two Days" – 4:08
  4. "Lament" – 1:54
  5. "Zeppo" – 5:35

Music videos[edit]

Date Title Director Album
2005 "Zeppo" Ramon Boutviseth Road to Bloodshed
2007 "Beneath the Machine" Ramon Boutviseth Road to Bloodshed
2007 "Beloved Killer" Ramon Boutviseth Road to Bloodshed

Awards[edit]

Date Title Contributor
Fall 2007 Best New Band Total Guitar Magazine Issue 170
Fall 2007 # 9 – Best International Newcomer Rocksound Magazine
Spring 2008 # 2 – Best New Band MetaHammer Magazine

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