Let’s talk about this new old Sanctuary album and “Dream of the Incubus”

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The Year the Sun Died was a very good album. One of the best records from 2014, actually. Sanctuary and Nevermore fans should be pleased to hear, then, that the band dug up some old “lost” masters and are offering you some sweet DLC via Inception. That’s great news(!), but we have to talk about lead track “Dream of the Incubus.”

The news of the new Sanctuary album, officially a “prequel” to 1988’s Refuge Denied, broke Monday on Blabbermouth. According to lead guitarist Lenny Rutledge, the “new” album features a bevy of unreleased tracks and demos for Refuge Denied that date all the way back to a series of recording sessions in 1986. The masters, which feature known songs like “Die for My Sins,” “White Rabbit,” and “Veil of Disguise” as well as newcomers “Death Rider/Third War” and “I Am Insane,” were apparently just sitting in a box on the second floor of a barn where Rutledge and co. recorded The Year the Sun Died.

Despite the exposure to poor weather and poorer storage conditions, Rutledge and production wizard Zeuss (Crowbar, Revocation, Suffocation, etc.) were able to resuscitate the old demos over a year of mixing and mastering. Based on the two preview tracks, “Dream of the Incubus,” and “Die for My Sins (Demo),” it’s safe to say the dynamic duo did a terrific job. As  Blabbermouth reports, Zeuss’s goal was “that we wanted it to sound as good as possible without taking away from the original vibe and vision of what the band had back then.”

On that front, the pair knocked it out of the park. Although the songs certainly sound old, they don’t sound descrepit; these demos still deliver all the punch and bite of mid-80s speed metal but with an added, ever so slightly more modern clarity. Rutledge’s killer riffs and Warrel Dane’s King Diamond-esque caterwauls (sadly gone the way of the dinosaurs after the first couple of Nevermore records) sound both classic and contextual, offering us a welcome look into the genesis of a band whose members would have a profound impact on the metal scene at large.

Some of these lyrics, though. Cripes. Don’t believe me? Press play on “Dream of the Incubus” below.

“I come to you in dreams and drill you slowly.” is easily up there with all-time classic romantic seques like “Can I buy you a fish sandwich?” I thought incubi were supposed to be seductive (although I supposed I can’t really blame Sanctuary for this misunderstanding; incubi have long been relatively scarce in the fantasy/horror world in comparison to their female counterparts, the succubi, potentially due to tabletop gaming’s historic “boys club” mentality). I suppose I can’t fault a demon man for getting right to it, though, so let’s see how things progress from here.

“I give the gift of sacred sex to you.” That’s awfully generous, perhaps deceptively so since a few lines later Dane croons, “Nightmares in the dark can penetrate you.” Again, not much subtlety here.

“Copulation burning deep inside you.” This is like Dethklok’s “I Ejaculate Fire,” just without being intentionally comedic. So in a way it’s actually funny.

“I suck your mind you blow my head…” I guess Dane just discovered foreplay. “…I’m cumming.” Dangit. Just dangit.

Things continue on like this for the rest of the song, but I have to give one callout here. “Incubus. One fatal thrust. Will make you feel the fire in my grind.” LOLOLOLOLOLOL

It, uh, seems there could be a reason this song was ever only performed once. The solos and riffs absolutely slay, though, and Dane’s high-pitched vox are always welcome, so I can overlook the weird demon sex grunts and childish lyrics. Almost. I keep cracking up to myself when I think of “drill,” but I suppose that just means the song is catchy.

If you too want to feel like a skeeze while enjoying an almost literally buried treasure from metal’s history, you can pre-order Inception from Century Media. In the meantime, comment below and let me know what particularly tone-deaf innuendo is now lodged in your brain butt.

(h/t Blabbermouth)

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  • Joaquin Stick

    This is why I am glad most lyrics in metal are hard to make out. Lyrics, in all genres really, are just dumb 90% of the time. These are upper-tier lolbuttz though.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Incubuttz

  • Sucking minds is an acceptable form of contraception.

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    This turned into a roast pretty quickly

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    Into the Mirror Black >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CG3SupuZyLg

    • Dumpster Lung

      I liked that one, but I got so stuck on Refuge Denied that I haven’t listened to this one half as much. Die For My Sins>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • tigeraid

    This is uuuuuh… Hmm. This does not dull my opinion of Nevermore or Sanctuary.

    But that’s some weird shit. Feast your ears on this instead.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHKqbc_9Rc8

    • Rain Poncho W.

      The river dragon has come to drill you softly.

  • Howard Dean

    For the sake of empiricism, I’m gonna approach a woman at a bar and say “I come to you in dreams and drill you slowly.” I’ll let you all know how long it takes for me to receive the restraining order.

    • Rain Poncho W.

      I appreciate your brave sacrifice for science. To provide a good control study, try the fish sandwich line afterwards.

      • Howard Dean

        “Can I buy you a fish sandwich? And by ‘buy you a fish sandwich’ I mean can I come to you in dreams and drill you slowly?”

        • Stockhausen

          You’re about to put every dating site out of business with that weird olde trick.

          • Howard Dean

            “Dating Sites Hate Him”

        • Girl: “I know what that means!”

    • Óðinn

      If you do it with the same voice as the Sanctuary vocalist, you might be mistaken for a woman.

  • Howard Dean

    Hey so did King Shit get banned? What happened?

    • Black Smallbeard

      homogenization

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      His comments are still there

      • Howard Dean

        Old comments stick around even after you are banned (unless you delete your account). He’s been banned from posting, though.

        • Señor Jefe El Rosa

          Oh.

        • Black Smallbeard

          maybe its only temporary like trumps “muslim ban”

          you cheeeky bastard, joe

          • tigeraid

            “temporary”

          • Black Smallbeard

            was cool when Obummer did it

          • Mosh Hoff

            Ah yes, the famous “screw you, brown people” address.

        • Dumpster Lung

          Ever find out why?

          • Howard Dean

            Nope. Not sure why. Have to ask someone above my paygrade.

    • Did he “Oh, I Like” one too many posts?

      • Howard Dean

        Touché.

  • Stockhausen

    I’d appreciate a NSFW warning, please. This is far too hot and heavy, what with the slow drilling.

    • Guacamole Jim

      After reading this article I can definitely say we will fight in the shade.

  • GL

    I am not looking for sympathy or anything, but I have been sick as a fucking dog the last two days. I would like to take a moment a give a shot out to being healthy:

    HAIL BEING HEALTHY!

    GL

    • Guacamole Jim
    • Joaquin Stick

      It seems to be going around man. My office was wrecked last week. Got a flu shot for the first time in my life this year and it seems to be helping me out so far. Fight the good fight GL!

      • Black Smallbeard

        i havent gotten a flu shot since i can remember

        . . . havent had the flu, either

        • Joaquin Stick

          I was at the doctor’s office anyway and they offered one, so I figured why not. Also haven’t had a flu as far as I can remember, but i’ll take some free bonus-protection.

          • Black Smallbeard

            welll . . . and this is just my opinion but i dont think a flu “vaccine” is gonna do much preventing viruses are ever-mutating, so far as i know.

            so you just got a shot with innoculated virus for nothing! except for that microscopic RFID tracking device they just injected in you!

          • Joaquin Stick

            Eh, 0+0=0 then, but I’ll have some faith in medical professionals.

          • more beer

            A lot of times the vaccine will give you the flu. Plus when does big pharma give anything away for free. That should be something that concerns you. That just seems shady to me. The best thing you can do is stay away from other peoples kids. They are like little germ incubators. I also try to avoid my friends with kids during flu season.

          • Joaquin Stick

            Yeah, but I’m anti-conspiracy and pro-science, so I don’t believe any of that anecdotal nonsense. Also health insurance gives preventative things away for free all the time.

          • more beer

            I am also pro science. I live with a scientist. But I don’t trust when big pharma is giving things away. These are the people who said Oxycontin was that addictive. Now we have a major heroin epidemic.

    • Howard Dean

      [plays miniature violin; gives GL digital sympathy because he’s an unhealthy little bitch that is mining the internet for it]

  • CyberneticOrganism

    “I GLAZE YOUR SOUL WHILE I STAB YOUR WHOLE”

    I admit I dig the retro sound of that track.

  • ME GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ

    SONG PRETTY COOL & LYRICS MUCH EASIER FOR UNDERSTAND THAN GARDEN OF GRAY!!!!!!!!! SIMPLE CAVEMAN NOT NOT GOOD AT GRASP DOUBLE MEANINGS!!!!

  • Waynecro

    This song’s too sexy for my Zune.

    • Rain Poncho W.

      I come to you in Zune and drill you slowly.

      • Waynecro

        Impossible! I turned off the device’s Bluetooth function.

        • Rain Poncho W.

          I give the gift of sacred sync to you.

          • Waynecro

            That sounds a lot better than a slow drilling.

          • Rain Poncho W.

            The sync is the slow drill (if you plug in the cable slowly).

          • Waynecro

            Dammit, dude. Now I’m going to be all hesitant about putting new music on my Zune.

    • Óðinn

      Mine too. And I don’t even have Zune.

  • Óðinn
  • CUM 2 VENEZUELA lml lml 666