SANCTUAIRE - L’EMPREINTE DE LUCIFER
EMANES METAL RECORDS
Metal To Infinity
Heavy Metal seems to be on the rise again. I remember the good old days when
bands like Sortilège, H-Bomb and Manigance ruled the European Metal scene.
Later on, we got in touch with bands like Adagio, Anorexia Nervosa, Antaeus,
Black Rain, Carnival In Coal and Kragens, but nowadays, it seems like there is a
new revival coming our way. Recently, I got in touch with bands like Isis Child,
Dagoba, Gojira, Heavenly, among others, but there is more to come in the near
future. At the Alcatraz Metal
Festival, we received a few releases from an unknown label, (so far), called
Emanes Metal Records. As we are always interested in exploring new bands and
styles, we took a few good listens to the albums, and this is my review
concerning the Sanctuaire album ‘L’Empreinte de Lucifer’.
band consisted of Florent B-Manquat (vocals, guitars and bass), Hellex B (drums)
and Guillaume Pasut (guitars) during the recordings, but I believe that they
added a new member, David Berbel, for a job with the bass guitar. The first
album of Sanctuaire takes 32 minutes, so I don’t really know if we talk about
a debut album or debut mini album… Nowadays it’s obvious that albums play
for an hour and more, with only a few exceptions. Sanctuaire stated that their
music was influenced by Killers, ADX, High Power, Malédiction and also the
NWOBHM bands, including the deepest underground of Thrash Metal.
it’s hard to define the musical style and direction of this band, as some
songs are really wild and fast (‘L’emmurée Vivante’, ‘Orage De
Cuir’), others are slow and heavy (‘Pris Au Piège’, ‘Société
Fantome’). Besides the variety in composing, we hear a production that
isn’t representative to the present. It sounds a little outdated and thrashy,
and perhaps that was the original idea of the sound. Anyway, the production fits
to the musical direction, so that’s a bonus! After track 8 (Comme Un Loup), we
hear also two bonus tracks, and of them featured their first demo ‘Un Autre
Enfer’, which was released in 2008.
in all, I had a great time in listening to this band and they created a special
feeling on this record. It’s hard to compare them with major bands, as they
sound really original. The vocals fit to the music, the production is in balance
as well, and the craftsmanship is present all the time. What else can we say?
Let’s play it once again and I hope that this band will keep us updated
about their future plans! Check the website of the record label to buy this
My rating: 83 / 100 (Review by Patrick de Sloover)