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Nevermore - 100% match to Sanctuary

Genres: Heavy Metal Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Pop / Rock
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This quintessential power metal band was formed out of the ashes of Seattle, Washington, USA-based thrash act Sanctuary in 1991 by Warrel Dane (vocals) and Jim Sheppard (bass), with the addition of Jeff Loomis (guitar, who had played in the final line-up of Sanctuary) and Van Williams (drums). Nevermore’s stated intention was to make technical yet melodic power metal. Afte Read more

Metal Church - 56% match to Sanctuary

Genres: Heavy Metal Pop / Rock
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Formed in Aberdeen, Washington, USA, in 1982, Metal Church initially comprised David Wayne (1 January 1958, USA, d. 10 May 2005; vocals), Kurdt Vanderhoof (guitar), Craig Wells (guitar), Duke Erickson (bass) and Kirk Arrington (drums). Their 1984 debut was a phenomenal album, brimming with energy and promise. The style was the then-evolving thrash metal sound, and Metal Chur Read more

Helstar - 53% match to Sanctuary

Genres: Heavy Metal
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Formed in 1982 in Houston, Texas, USA, the band’s original line-up consisted of James Rivera (vocals), Larry Barragan (guitar), Robert Trevin (guitar), Jerry Abarca (bass) and Rene Lima (drums). Owing to an excellent four-track demo recorded in 1983, the band quickly became a favourite on the underground tape-trading scene. Attracting the attention of Combat Records, they Read more

Omen - 49% match to Sanctuary

Genres: Heavy Metal Pop / Rock
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Armored Saint - 47% match to Sanctuary

Genres: Heavy Metal Pop / Rock
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This Los Angeles, California, USA-based heavy metal quintet was formed in 1981. The band originally comprised John Bush (24 August 1963, Los Angeles, California, USA; vocals), Dave Prichard (guitar), Phil E. Sandoval (guitar), Joey Vera (bass), and Gonzo Sandoval (drums). Their incessant gigging around the Los Angeles bar and club circuit led to them contributing a track to Read more

Agent Steel - 45% match to Sanctuary

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This US heavy metal unit was formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1984, although it had existed in various guises since the early 80s. The most popular line-up comprised John Cyriis (João Campos, Brazil; vocals, ex-Abattoir), Juan Garcia (guitar, ex-Abattoir), Kurt Colfelt (guitar), George Robb (bass), and Chuck Profus (drums). Signing to Combat Records, the band rel Read more

Flotsam & Jetsam - 44% match to Sanctuary

Genres: Heavy Metal Heavy Metal Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
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Forbidden - 44% match to Sanctuary

Genres: Heavy Metal
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Originally travelling under the moniker Forbidden Evil, this US thrash metal band was formed in San Francisco, California, in 1985. Its original line-up comprised Russ Anderson (vocals), Glen Alvelais (22 February 1968, Hayward, California, USA; guitar), Craig Locicero (guitar), Matt Camacho (bass), and Paul Bostaph (b. 6 March 1964, San Francisco, California, USA; drums), w Read more

Death Angel - 43% match to Sanctuary

Genres: Heavy Metal Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Pop / Rock
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This group was formed in San Francisco, California, USA, the home of the Bay Area ‘thrash’ phenomenon, in 1982. The band comprised five cousins, namely Mark Osegueda (vocals), Rob Cavestany (guitar), Gus Pepa (guitar), Dennis Pepa (bass) and Andy Galeon (drums). Their debut, The Ultra-Violence, was a brutal blend of high-speed thrash riffs and thunderous drums. The ba Read more

Fates Warning - 42% match to Sanctuary

Genres: Heavy Metal Pop / Rock
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Formed in Hartford, Connecticut, USA, in 1982, initially as Misfit, the original line-up of Fates Warning consisted of John Arch (vocals), Jim Matheos (guitar), Victor Arduini (guitar), Joe DiBiase (bass) and Steve Zimmerman (drums). After a couple of early demos the band was invited to contribute a track (‘Soldier Boy’) to the Metal Massacre V compilation, released Read more

Overkill - 41% match to Sanctuary

Genres: Heavy Metal Pop / Rock Heavy Metal Music Videos & Concerts
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This thrash metal quartet was formed in New York, USA, in 1984 by vocalist Bobby ‘Blitz’ Ellsworth, guitarist Bobby Gustafson, bass player D.D. Verni and drummer Rat Skates. Together they self-financed the recording of a mini-album. Desperately short of cash and exposure, they sold the rights to the small Azra label and made a net loss. They were soon picked up by Meg Read more

Running Wild - 41% match to Sanctuary

Genres: Heavy Metal Pop / Rock
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This quartet from Hamburg, Germany, led by guitarist/vocalist Rock ’n Rolf (Rolf Kasparek, 1 July 1961), were strongly influenced by the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal movement of the early 80s. They emerged from the ashes of Granite Heart, a school band formed in 1976 by Kasparek, Uwe Bendig (b. 23 October 1961; guitar), Michael Hoffmann (drums) and Jörg Schwarz Read more

Exciter - 40% match to Sanctuary

Genres: Pop / Rock Heavy Metal
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Iced Earth - 39% match to Sanctuary

Genres: Heavy Metal Pop / Rock
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Despite facing all manner of adversities, public indifference and a constantly changing line-up, this old-fashioned US heavy metal outfit is one of the few acts to stick defiantly to their guns in a much maligned genre. Originally based in Indiana, Jon Schaffer (15 March 1968, Franklin, Indiana, USA; guitar) and Greg Seymour (drums) first worked together in the early 80s und Read more

Manilla Road - 38% match to Sanctuary

Genres: Pop / Rock
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