Today we take a trip back to 1988 and the debut album from a band from Seattle called Sanctuary. Produced by Megadeth guitarist Dave Mustaine, this album is considered a thrash metal classic. The title song Battle Angels grabs you immediately and leaves you wanting more and showcases singer Warrel Dane’s high pitched vocals throughout the album. The track listing for Refuge Denied is as follows:

  1. BattleAngels
  2. Termination Force
  3. Die For My Sins
  4. Soldiers Of Steel
  5. Sanctuary
  6. White Rabbit (Jefferson Airplane Cover)
  7. Ascension To Destiny
  8. The Third War
  9. Veil Of Disguise


Only 7,000 copies on of the album were printed on vinyl. When the album was later released on CD, the tracks had been reordered which was common when CDs were first starting to hit the market. Theband lineup for Refuge Denied is:

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

This is a definite must for your metal collection. Sanctuary have recently reunited and have been  out on the road performing at several festivals as well as venues throughout the country. They are also currently working on a new studio album!

For more on Sanctuary, visit their Facebook page here