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Posted on February 12, 2008

Roadrunner Records is proud to announce the signing of classic metal quartet SANCTITY. Hailing from Asheville, NC, USA, the group formed in 2000 and is comprised of Jared MacEachern퉌æ(vocals/rhythm guitar), Zeff Childress (lead guitar), Billy Moody (bass) and Jeremy London퉌æ(drums). 퉌æ SANCTITY was signed by longtime퉌æRoadrunner A&R man Monte Conner.퉌æ Says Conner: “Sanctity is straight-up, guitar-based, melodic heavy metal.퉌æI received a video of the band’s song ‘Zeppo,’ and besides퉌æshowcasing the blazing fretwork of lead shredder, Zeff, the main thing I got from the video was퉌æa sense of how of much a star the vocalist (Jared) really is.퉌æHe knows how to command a stage and has an overwhelming presence. The minute I saw퉌æJared in퉌æaction, I knew I had to sign the band.퉌æOf equal importance,퉌æhe’s got an amazing퉌ævocal퉌ærange and퉌æa퉌æfresh퉌æstyle compared to what’s out there today.”퉌æ퉌æ 퉌æ Following an US support slot opening for Fear Factory and Trivium, Sanctity took up Trivium vocalist Matt Heafy’s suggestion of working with producer Jason Suecof at Audiohammer Studios in Florida (Trivium, God Forbid). Conner’s interest was piqued after hearing the two sets of demos the band recorded. But the band took the bull by the horns and퉌æsealed the deal퉌æby delivering퉌æa퉌æself-financed,퉌æhomemade video for their퉌æfans’ favorite track ‘Zeppo’.퉌æ퉌æ퉌æ 퉌æ Regarding the video, Jared says “Our director Ramon Boutviseth knew of this abandoned prison that was built in the 1930’s. It was really dusty in there, not to mention the fact that everything had been originally painted with lead paint, which was now hanging off the ceilings and walls like dead skin after sunburn. One of the best퉌æthings about the shoot was the fact that it was an experiment for us and Ramon – none of us having ever shot a video before.퉌æWe all think it turned out great, but what wasn’t so great was the fact that we were all sick for a couple weeks afterwardí¢ä‰åŒ_” í‰Œæ “‘Zeppo’ is a song that we wrote a number of years ago,”퉌æcontinues Jared, “and even after our last session in the studio, we still felt it was one of our strongest songs.퉌æThe퉌ætitle퉌æ’Zeppo’ is a little obscure, but we feel it fits. It comes from a TV show we were퉌æwatching where one of the characters says he feels like a Zeppo, meaning Zeppo Marx, the only Marx퉌æBrother who never did anything. In the show, this character ends up saving the day. In a way, I guess it’s one of those songs about being the underdog.퉌æBoth the song and the video are indicative of what it’s like for us to completely immerse ourselves in SANCTITY and our efforts to be heard.”퉌æ í‰Œæ “We’re all really excited about퉌æjoining퉌æthe Roadrunner family, and look forward to jumping right into the thick of it,”퉌æenthuses퉌æJared.퉌æí¢ä‰åñIt was a long road getting here but we couldn’t ask for better people to work with. We look forward to making a record that will explode some heads out there!”퉌æ퉌æ퉌æ 퉌æ Sanctity are managed by Justin Arcangel and Brian Heafy of Dark Angel Management and will퉌ærecord their Roadrunner debut퉌æthis퉌æsummer with Jason Suecof for an Autumn 2006 release. In the meanwhile, the demo version and video퉌æof ‘Zeppo’ can be found퉌æHERE. Or to hear audio only via Windows Media, you can CLICK HERE.


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