SANKTUARY - WINTER'S DOOM
Review by Nathan McLeod
Thanks once again to Jon Asher & Asher Media Relations, for the Winter's Doom CD, by another great Canadian metal artist, Sanktuary. A LOT of great metal artists I'm seeing come from, out of Canada. This one from the Yukon Territories, via Nova Scotia? WOW! Sanktuary is really a great band. Quite impressed! There really is not one (1) bad track appearing on Winter's Doom.
The CD starts off with a couple traditional heavy metal tracks with Space Race & Wild In The Wind. Both are a bit slow paced in nature, but heavy. The music & tempo pick up considerably with Vermin Lord & Winter's Bone. A more power metal sound. And a bit thrashy. So do the vocals of Alan Binger, differ from Vermin Lord on. Heavier, a bit more of a growl, not as whiney.
Things pick up a tad bit more with the Open Your Eyes track. It's a galloping heavy, yet melodic power/thrash metal track. As the CD moves onto Corpse Blockade & Maximum Authority, once again, the tempo picks up. Into a more noticeable technical thrash style of say, Megadeth's - Rust In Peace CD. Basically what I am hearing on Winter's Doom is this awesome continual climb & pick up from opening track, to closing track. It may apex slightly at Corpse Blockade as far as the tempo is concerned. With a slight decrease to Maximum Authority.
Some metal influences I hear thru out Winter's Doom are some early 80's Accept & Twisted Sister. Early/mid 90's Megadeth. Some chopped up a bit era(s) of Armored Saint & Metal Church. Overall, I hear a lot of the 90's Megadeth, with Sanktuary. Musically this is. Vocally, I hear a Mike Patton & James Hetfield approach. Although, not as aggressive.
I really like the seven (7) track approach & approx. 33mins of track time on Winter's Doom. It's a rather perfect approach, IMO. Not too long, not too short. The production is crunchy, with the guitars. An unpolished sound, in which I happen to like. Crossed with a polished & crisp sound, especially on the guitar, twin duo-duel leads of Emond/Binger! (A nice Friedman/Mustaine - Murray/Smith approach). Bass of Cole Hume is rather tight, doing what it needs to be doing & holding the rhythm tightly, with a few bass leads/fills present.
A tiny bit lacking would be in the drum cymbal dept. & the production of Anders Grasholm. (Very tight drummer though). And, personally a bit vocally with Alan Binger. Sounds as if some of the material sang is thru a bullhorn? Megaphone? Whatever the technical term is? Does also kinda catch any explosiveness thru out the CD. All in all though, Sanktuary are not a bad band whatsoever, & Winter's Doom is an outstanding CD! It is material I can listen to over & over, without really getting bored of it. My fave tracks would be Corpse Blockade & Vermin Lord.
People can get a better feel for Sanktuary & their material here with Space Race: https://youtu.be/zWi8K1uQ7fQ ... And this is not a Judas Priest - Screaming For Vengeance cover, it's "Screeching For Vengeance": https://youtu.be/kczQaxbqOQU
My rating: 91 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish
Winter's Doom trackilist:
I) Space Race - II) Wild Is The Wind - III) Vermin Lord - IV) Winter's Bone - V) Open Your Eyes - VI) Corpse Blockade - VII) Maximum Authority - total run time 32:58.
*Alan Binger - Vocals, Guitar
*Glen Emond - Guitar
*Cole Hume - Bass
*Anders Grasholm - Drums
*Metal Archives: http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Sanktuary/3540278655