Ash Lewis


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There are at least 2 bands who are/were called Sanctorum.

1) Sanctorum are a metal band from and located in Essex, England and have been together since late 2002.

The current line-up is:
› Aaron Sly - Lead Vocals / Guitar
› Matt Alston - Drums & Percussion / Backing Vocals
› Matt Adamson - Bass
› Al Commons - Lead Guitar / Backing Vocals

Since forming in 2002 Sanctorum has pursued one goal: to forge their own brand of unrelenting, intense and grove-laden Metal. Across ten years and three albums, the band has remained dedicated to their cause and are due to release their latest album Old Ghosts / New Wars on September 1st 2014.

Founded by lead vocalist and guitarist Aaron Sly and drummer Matt Alston, Sanctorum developed their sound through local shows, demos and an EP: culminating in their debut album The Heavens Shall Burn in 2006. The album was well received: with particular attention drawn to the fact that the band members were only 17 years old. The band supported the release with a UK tour and shows before commencing work on the follow up album Ashes of Redemption, released in 2008. This was the bands strongest release to date, and saw numerous UK tours along side bands such as
My Ruin, God Forbid and Ill Nino, as well as independent festival dates including an appearance at Bloodstock 2009.

Going from strength to strength, the band began writing their third studio album Semper Fidelis. During this time the band recruited current lead guitarist Al Commons, who triggered a new creative dynamic within the band and injected a new lease of life into the music. Semper Fidelis was released independently in 2011 and the band supported the release with their most comprehensive UK tours to date, with shows in Northern Europe and an appearance at Hammerfest III.

For their next album, the band vowed to create the most accurate representation of their vision to date; with frontman Aaron Sly taking on production, engineering and mixing duties – the result - Old Ghosts / New Wars. Void of outside influence and with new bass player Matt Adamson, the band entered the studio with a new fire and intensity and created their most explosive, unrelenting and no-holds-barred release to date.

With their trademark determination and DIY ethic, Sanctorum plan to continue spreading their unique brand of “British Molten Metal” on their own terms, pushing their sound and performances to the limits.

2) Atmospheric death metal from Greece. Released one demo entitled "Crystal Tears of Silence" in 1994 and then split up in 1995.
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