I normally have a big story to go into before I get into reviewing the record I’m writing about, but this time, I really don’t have much of an opener. I mean, the band I love that made me wait 23 years in between albums just announced that they were going to be putting out a “prequel” to their 1988 debut. To say that I am stoked to play this album is a bit of an understatement. Hell, the fact that I was shaking trying to put the CD into the player because I was that excited is an understatement to just how truly excited I was. As I said, usually I’m the one opening with the story, but this time the story is all them. Back in 1986, Seattle area thrashers SANCTUARY recorded Inception, and 30 years later, the band is finally releasing it.
Now most of you have probably already heard a good chunk of the songs on the Refuge Denied (1988) album, but these are the original versions, as well as a couple of songs that have never seen the light of day on an official release until now. These recordings have been wonderfully polished up, but still manage to be raw as fuck and filled with an intensity not seen on the Refuge Denied album. Any SANCTUARY fans that have been patiently waiting for this release should be pleasantly surprised, as in my personal opinion, most of these songs outdo the “Refuge Denied” versions we got in 88. Let’s all hope that Lenny Rutledge (guitars) does some more cleaning and find some more tracks for another release in the future, because Inception is the best 80s metal album to ever come out in 2017! Key Tracks 1. Dream Of The Incubus 2. Die For My Sins 3. Battle Angels 4.5 / 5 Stars