remastered & restored by Patrick W. Engel at Temple of Disharmony in July 2015!
It’s no exaggeration to say that Marquis De Sade, formed in late 1979/early 1980, is one of the most legendary bands of the entire New Wave Of British Heavy Metal period. Their sole 7″ single “Somewhere Up In The Mountains”/”Black Angel” has over the years turned into the holy grail for serious NWOBHM collectors. The band has, quite convincingly, often been described as a mixture of Hell, Dawnwatcher and Kraken.
Marquis De Sade split up in late 1982. Until then, they had performed more than 50 gigs (in roughly two years). After the demise of Marquis De Sade, guitarist San Remo immediately formed a new band called Sanctus.
Musically Sanctus is more or less a direct continuation of Marquis De Sade. Maybe a bit more far out and spacey. “King For A King” for example is quite long and progressive, “Gates Of Sorrow” features some occult lyrics. The album also contains an outstanding re-recording of the Marquis De Sade classic “Welcome To The Graveyard”. The current anthology collects the whole Sanctus catalogue, nine songs all in all (recorded between 1982 and 1983). Dreamy compositions such as “Temple In The Sky” or “Creature From Vercenta” show some slight influences of other NWOBHM acts such as the mighty Trespass and Shiva.
All tracks have been carefully re-mastered by Patrick W. Engel at his own Temple Of Disharmony.