Sanctuary - Into The Mirror Black

8.8 | 267 votes |
Release date: February 1990
Style: US power metal


299 have it
29 want it

01. Future Tense
02. Taste Revenge
03. Long Since Dark
04. Epitaph
05. Eden Lies Obscured
06. The Mirror Black
07. Seasons Of Destruction
08. One More Murder
09. Communion

Top 20 albums of 1990: 8
Top 200 albums of all time: 169

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13.02.2010 - 17:04
Rating: 10
This was such a refreshing album, so much more melodic then the rest of the thrash band at the time, maybe moving towards progressive, and opening that scene a bit more, for bands to come. producing from Dave Mustain, vocals from Dane, guitar playing from Jeff...and the rest of the band, is exquisite. The album has such power, depth from the lyrics, arrangement, composing to all the songs on it, there is not a single song on this album that let's you down and it's not in the same quality way as the rest of them. This is must have album for every metal-head. They didn't last long which is such a shame, I was expecting a lot more of them....and Nevermore today is just a pale image of Sanctuary.
22.02.2010 - 18:14
Argh!!i want this album so bad..mine hv lost!!warel dane u the best man i luv u..nevermore suck!!
02.12.2012 - 09:52
Rating: 10
Amazing amazing album,I like it so much one of the best metal albums of all time,
can't wait the new one,this album is a dream come true my friends.
19.06.2013 - 20:04
Night Sight
That's awesome . i would rate it 10
Alone in birth
Alone in the darkness
Alone in death
Alone in the daylight
24.08.2015 - 02:29
What a great album. Good thing Warrel Dane stopped trying to sound like Rob Halford because it's the main reason I didn't enjoy Refuge Denied as much as this one.
Never trust a junkie.
21.12.2015 - 06:12
Rating: 9
11 votes to be in top 200!
21.06.2016 - 19:05
Rating: 9
As of today, the album now has enough votes to be in the top 200!

Good shit. Extremely innovative for its time. I want to say it's like Nevermore fused with power metal but that feels so wrong considering that Sanctuary came first. Rather, Nevermore is Sanctuary without the power metal influences.
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13.07.2016 - 09:37
What will happen if I remove my vote? :p

Edit: Uhmm nothing it seems.
Never trust a junkie.
24.02.2017 - 18:05
Rating: 9
I heard Nevermore long before Sanctuary and expected something sounding like Nevermore before they had found their sound.... On the contrary, this album stands with the best Nevermore ever did, if not better than anything they've done.

The one minor complaint is the mix is kind of meh, not a lot of oomph to it - which isn't all that uncommon for 80's/early 90's stuff. It's not a bad mix, just not one that has the kind of force behind it that has come with a lot of releases since. But hey, on the other hand it isn't one of the newer releases that is way too loud, so.... could be worse. Still, I wouldn't mind a remix if we're ever so lucky.

That said, if you even like Nevermore a little bit, or if you want to hear what power metal actually can be when it's done right, you need to hear this album. It's really, really good.
18.11.2018 - 12:56
Rating: 10
The Galactician
Simply one of the finest metal records ever created. It was important to me when it was released, and all this time later I still dust it off for 3 or 4 listens a year.
14.05.2019 - 19:20
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Tage Westerlund
One of greatest bands ever in a genre and in all metal, this is school album to tecah other bands how compose metal music. New bands comes, but we cant have so heavy albums nowadays, quastions is why?
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