LENNY RUTLEDGE (SANCTUARY): “It Was Five Guys That Were Young And Hungry”

Sanctuary Band 90s

Looking Back Into the Mirror Black

Sanctuary released their debut album Refuge Denied in 1988. The album was produced by Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine. From there Sanctuary toured relentlessly, sharing stages with Warlock, Savatage, Megadeth, Testament, Fates Warning, and many others. 1990 saw the release of Sanctuary’s landmark album Into the Mirror Black. An album that could have been a bigger deal if it had come out a few years sooner. Bands like Sanctuary were already being discarded for the Grunge bands of the ’90s. The band was also struggling internally and broke up shortly thereafter. Most of the of the band moved on to form Nevermore. Guitarist Lenny Rutledge got into production. Sanctuary reunited in 2014, but tragedy struck when lead singer Warrel Dane passed away in 2017.

Century Media Records released the 30th Anniversary Edition of Into the Mirror Black on October 9, 2020. Zuess was brought in to remaster the original tracks plus the added bonus disc of live material. A few of the 10 live tracks originally appeared appeared on a rare promo EP released in 1990. I had the chance to speak with Sanctuary guitarist Lenny Rutledge about the remastered version of Into the Mirror Black. Rutledge also discusses what things were like for the band back then, how they trashed a brand new RV, Dave Mustaine producing their first album, and whether a new Sanctuary album is on the way.

Sanctuary (2020) is

Lenny Rutledge – Guitar
Dave Budbill – Drums
Joseph Michael – Vocals
George Hernandez – Bass
Joey Concepcion – Guitar

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  • George Dionne

    George was a contributor here at Metal Express Radio, reviewing albums and conducting interviews, out of Massachusetts, USA. George has contributed to numerous music related websites and blogs, and even managed his own from 2004-2009. George's first assignment was covering a live show by the mighty GWAR. By contrast his later assignments featured Judas Priest, Van Halen, and Bon Jovi. George was also the front man for the South Eastern Massachusetts cover band Sound Tower from 2009-2015.  Sound Tower played 300+ shows across MA and had two original songs on the Cape Cod radio station PIXY 103. George enjoys a good whiskey, scotch, and/or bourbon and fights crime in his spare time.

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