Refuge Denied (1987) is the first album by the Seattle Thrash Metal band Sanctuary. Dave Mustaine took the honor to produce Refuge Denied, and to good effect. Its sonic recipe boasts some excellent guitar riffing by the band's guitar players Lenny Rutledge and Sean Blosl, accompanied by aggressive but melodic vocals by Warrel Dane and driving bass lines by Jim Sheppard. It even features a cover version of Jefferson's Airplane "White Rabbit". Refuge Denied is one of those albums that is both typical to its time period, yet reflects the atypical and chaotic character of its type. Straightforward songs like "Battle Angels" features their heavy riffs and falsetto vocals by Dane. Their heavy work can be heard on songs like "Die for My Sins", with indelible choruses and trashy riffing. The album would prove to be the stepping stone to the equally excellent follow-up Into The Mirror Black. Dane and Sheppard would later form Prog Metal kings Nevermore.
Initially picked up by Megadeth's Dave Mustaine, Sanctuary recorded two albums for Epic and unfortunately disbanded not long after. In 2010 they reformed and to this day they're still performing. The lead vocalist position was held by Warrel Dane until his death in 2017.
Refuge Denied is available as a limited edition of 666 Individually numbered copies on transparent red vinyl.
Official website: http://www.enterthesanctuary.com/
- 180 gram audiophile vinyl
- Includes lyrics sheet
- Limited edition of 666 Individually numbered copies on transparent red vinyl