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August 2002
Released: 2002, Independent
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Pete

SANCTUM AZ’s technically aggressive style of metal is sure to please old school fans as it’s steeped in the tradition of bands such as Flotsam and Jetsam, Sacred Reich, Machine Head, and Pantera. SANCTUM AZ are a four-piece that hail from Phoenix Arizona. Each member has been involved in the music scene for a number of years and this 5 track CD shows it.

Vocalist John Secrest sounds like an aggressive Warrel Dane, which is highlighted in the CD's opening track ‘Shell Of Myself’. This track also has a killer riff and some nice double kicks compliments of drummer Doug Bailey Definitely my fave on the disk.‘Welcome All’ is very reminiscent of Sacred Reich, featuring a nice solo from guitarist Jason Green, and some great interplay musically amongst the band. Closer ‘Until Now’ has a Metallica feel to it, while picking up momentum and finishing on an aggressive note. Check ‘em out.
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