Reunited ’80s cult metal outfit SANCTUARY, which features in its ranks current NEVERMORE frontman Warrel Dane and bassist Jim Sheppard, has tapped Shannon Sharp, one of the moderators at Metalguitarist.org, to play second guitar for the band.
Sharp will make his live debut with SANCTUARY at ProgPower USA XII, the annual progressive and power metal festival, which will be held September 14-17, 2011 at Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia.
In a recent interview, Dane stated about how SANCTUARY‘s reformation came about, “[SANCTUARY guitarist Lenny Rutledge and I] always talked to each other, but never really been friends again. And when the whole thing came about, that we were actually friends again, that’s when we started talking more about doing it. And it definitely wasn’t because NEVERMORE was imploding… which it was, at that point . . . We all just started talking with each other again. That was kind of the groundwork for it. And then we started saying, ‘Well, gosh, let’s make music again.’ And my god! Lenny is writing some stuff that is so friggin great! Obviously, he’s been bottling this up for years, because he really hasn’t been doing anything… Well, he’s had bands here and there. But he’s really writing some great stuff that’s really inspiring me, and making me fall in love with music again, with the creative process… everything that revolves around that. Really inspiring me to write really evil lyrics.”
Regarding the sound of SANCTUARY‘s upcoming studio album, tentatively titled “The Year The Sun Died”, Dane said, “This record is not going to sound like the other two. It might sound very similar to the second one (‘Into The Mirror Black’). It’s definitely not going to sound like the first one, because we’re all a little bit older and I can’t come up with a c-clamp for a scrotum and a helium tank . . . It’s not going to sound like the old ones… it’s 2011. It’s still gonna be that good, I think, and there’s gonna be high-pitched screaming. I’m making sure of that. With NEVERMORE, high-pitched screaming was never really called for. You know, with SANCTUARY… of course it is.”
SANCTUARY played its first U.S. show in more than 20 years on January 21 at El Corazon in Seattle, Washington. Fan-filmed video footage from that concert can be seen below.