Refuge Denied

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Refuge Denied
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Studio album by Sanctuary
Released 1988
Recorded Steve Lawson Studios, Seattle, Washington
Genre Thrash metal, power metal
Length 39:35
Label Epic
Producer Dave Mustaine, Paul Lani
Sanctuary chronology
Refuge Denied
(1988)
Into the Mirror Black
(1990)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Hollywood Metal 7/9[2]
Rock Hard 9/10[3]

Refuge Denied is the debut album by American Heavy metal band Sanctuary, released in 1988.[4][5]

Background[edit]

After having recorded their first demo guitarist Lenny Rutledge managed to establish contact with singer and guitarist Dave Mustaine after a show of his band Megadeth. Mustaine expressed interest in the demo and in acting as producer. Mustaines manager at the time, Keith Rawls, financed the recording and finally became Sanctuarys manager. Talks to a number of record labels led to the signing to Epic.[6]

Release[edit]

The album initially sold 7,000 copies on vinyl. By June 2011, the album had sold over 200,000 copies.

The song "Battle Angels" was used in the 2009 video game Brütal Legend.[7]

The album was re-released in 2010 together with successor album Into the Mirror Black as double CD by reissue label IronBird via Cherry Red.[8][9]

Track listing[edit]

Side 1
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Battle Angels" Sean Blosl, Warrel Dane 4:52
2. "Termination Force" Lenny Rutledge, Dane, Jim Sheppard 3:40
3. "Die for My Sins" Rutledge, Dane 3:42
4. "Soldiers of Steel" Rutledge, Dane 5:30
Side 2
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "Sanctuary" Rutledge, Dane 3:57
6. "White Rabbit" Grace Slick 3:10
7. "Ascension to Destiny" Rutledge, Dane 4:57
8. "The Third War" Rutledge, Dane 3:52
9. "Veil of Disguise" Rutledge, Dane 5:55

Personnel[edit]

Sanctuary[edit]

  • Warrel Dane – vocals
  • Lenny Rutledge – guitar, backing vocals
  • Sean Blosl – guitar, backing vocals
  • Jim Sheppard – bass
  • Dave Budbill – drums, backing vocals

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Dave Mustaine – backing vocals, guitar solo (6), production
  • James Overa – backing vocals
  • Rich Furtner – backing vocals

Technical personnel[edit]

  • Paul Lani – production (6), mixing
  • Terry Date – engineering
  • Mike Amstadt – assistant engineering
  • Don Grierson – executive production
  • Lynn DeBon – photography
  • Ed Repka – cover art

References[edit]

  1. ^ Book, John. Sanctuary: Refuge Denied at AllMusic. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  2. ^ Kaptain Carbon (June 3, 2014). "Sanctuary - Refuge Denied (1987)". Hollywood Metal. Retrieved May 25, 2016. 
  3. ^ Trojan, Frank (1988). "Sanctuary: Refuge Denied". Rock Hard (in German). Rock Hard Verlags- und Handels- GmbH (25). ISSN 1437-8140. Retrieved May 27, 2016. 
  4. ^ http://www.metal-rules.com/concerts/Nevermore_Brazil.htm
  5. ^ http://www.getreadytorock.com/pure_metal/nevermore_interview.htm
  6. ^ Rutledge, Lenny (1987). "It's not heaven nor hell – it's Sanctuary". Demolish Magazine (Interview) (1). Interview with Curt King. Retrieved May 25, 2016. 
  7. ^ Sinclair, Brendan (August 11, 2009). "Brutal Legend cranks out heavy metal setlist". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved May 25, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Sanctuary's Classic Albums To Be Reissued On Single CD". Blabbermouth.net. January 13, 2010. Retrieved May 25, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Refuge Denied & Into The Mirror Black: Sanctuary". Cherry Red. Retrieved May 25, 2016.