Born in the frigid Yukon, Sanktuary had blessed us three years ago with Something Fierce. Now as of January 22nd, 2016, we can listen to Sanktuary’s pleasing thrash metal and punk vibes explore current topics such as the polar vortex.
What could strike you right away is the first track, Space Race, sounds like it came right off of Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables. Chris Hadfield would be proud of this in-your-face anthemic tongue-in-cheek stab at international politics. If only Jello Biafra would brave Winter’s Doom and head up to -30 centigrade weather to record something classic and timeless instead of… what was that thing he did last year?
Contemporary titles, such as Vermin Lord, give us insight into the exciting life in modern day Canada. With concerns of “numbers growing fast,” perhaps these metal heads might want to consider less infested areas, such as Alberta. Vermin Lord as a track might actually be the most memorable musically as well, with lyrics bouncing around like an angsty troll singing a hop-scotch chant at break neck speed. The ostinato guitar riff is extremely catchy.
The rest of the album is as sonically varied as thrash can get. Sanktuary lays it all out for their fans, whom they refer to as skanks. Winter’s Doom as a whole is a fast paced and emotionally driven politically biting metal release from that country in the north. “Think for yourself.”
Metalunderground.com is currently hosting the full album for online skeptics.