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Sanctuary is a heavy metal band founded in Seattle, Washington in 1985 consisting of Warrel Dane (vocals), Lenny Rutledge (guitar), Sean Blosl (guitar), Jim Sheppard (bass), and Dave Budbill (drums). Former Metallica and Megadeth guitarist Dave Mustaine was the influential force in getting the band signed to Epic Records. He produced their first album and played guitar on their cover of Jefferson Airplane’s White Rabbit.

The band was dissolved in 1991, following pressure from Epic Records to fit in with the flourishing Seattle grunge scene. Warrel Dane and Jim Sheppard disagreed with this change, and left to form Nevermore.

In May 2010 Warrel Dane stated that Santuary were to reform with the original line-up to record a new album and tour.

Line Up:Edit

Warrel Dane - vocals

Lenny Rutledge - guitars

David Budbill - drums

Jim Patrick Sheppard - bass


Refuge Denied (1988)

Into the Mirror Black (1990)

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