Hailing from Philadelphia, New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal band Corners of Sanctuary (COS) formed in 2011 with a desire to bring back the sounds of Classic Heavy Metal to the modern music arena.
2012 marked the release of their debut album “Breakout”. Being well received, “Breakout” was listed in the Lithuanian publication Diovim as one of the Best CDs of 2012. With the marketing power of Pure Steel Records, Germany, “Breakout” was quickly followed up by “Harlequin”, releasing in January 2013. Later that same year, their third album “Axe to Grind” released under La Mazakuata Records, Mexico. In late 2014, Pure Steel Records re-released “Axe to Grind” in Europe. In September 2015, COS signed with Metalizer Records, Germany, for the release of their fourth full-length album “Metal Machine”. The album was mastered by famed producer and Death Dealer guitarist Stu “The Hammer” Marshall, and was met with worldwide critical acclaim delivering hits like “Wrecking Ball” and “Tomorrow Never Comes.”
COS has appeared on the covers of Spain’s Heavy Riffs Magazine (Aug 2015), Rockwired Magazine (USA) (Feb 2016) and Sin City’s Presents (USA) (Feb 2017). The band was also named “Artist of Month” three times by Rockwired Magazine in August 2015, again in March 2016, March 2018, November 2018 and February 2020. In February 2019, Corners of Sanctuary was named Rockwired’s “Band of the Year” along with receiving “Album of the Year” for “The Galloping Hordes.”
Corners of Sanctuary has performed with many prominent artists including being direct support for: Anvil, Stryper, Dirkschneider (UDO,) Tim “Ripper” Owens (Judas Priest), Grim Reaper, Blood Feast, David Shankle (Manowar), Bulletboys, Janet Gardner (Vixen), Joey Belladonna (Anthrax), and Roughhouse (Teeze), Damon Johnson (Black Star Riders, Thin Lizzy). Other notable artists COS has worked with include: Butcher Babies, Tracii Guns, the Iron Maidens, Saving Abel, Saxon, Tantric, Marc Rizzo of Soulfly, Green Jello, Black Lodge, Anvil Bitch, Wrath, Act of Defiance, Britny Fox, Sponge, Blaze Bayley, Burt C. Bell, Silvertung and Edge of Paradise among many others.
In 2016, COS released their best of compilation, “Declaration of Metal” which contained a brand new track titled “Hyde No More” and produced two music videos. In March 2017, the band dropped a new digital EP titled “Cut Your Losses” on Exquisite Noise Records USA along with a video for the track “Wild Card.”
In late 2017, the band recorded two singles, “Dreams,” featuring Kayla Marie from Powerless Rise on vocals and “Burn” featuring singer Treese Logan. The band also completed their first West Coast tour, The American Metal Mayhem Tour that November, and included performing with Burt C. Bell of Fear Factory. The band returned for a second West Coast tour in support of “The Galloping Hordes” in 2018 and again in 2019 performing at the legendary Whisky A Go-Go with the Iron Maidens.
The band’s latest album, the hard driving “The Galloping Hordes”, is available on Killer Metal Records Germany and has the distinction of including legendary producer and engineer Bill Metoyer (Slayer, W.A.S.P., Fate Warning) as head of the post production mastering team. The album was initially released digitally in May 2018 and a CD release took place in August 2018 while the band was in Belgium performing during their first European tour. In November, COS released the Holiday single “Counting the days ‘til Christmas Comes” and the song reached number #1 in Australia on Valley 89.9FM.
In 2019, COS produced several singles and music videos, including “Children of the Night” and “Falling Through the Cracks” with singer Ryan Michael. A third single, “Liar and a Faker” released exclusively with Los Angeles label Metal Assault Records (USA) in early August. In November, the band dropped their 2019 edition of their annual Holiday classic compilation, “Merry Metal Xmas VI,” with the release of a new single, “Hold On To Christmas.”The song reached number #3 on Valley 89.9 FM in Australia in December. To round out the year, COS released a new EP titled “What We Leave Behind” also in late December 2019, exclusively through Metalheads Forever Magazine and Exquisite Noise Records US, producing the single “No Man’s a Slave.”
Corners of Sanctuary has already started working on their next album, tentatively titled “Heroes Never Die,” and look to release several other singles later this year.
COS continues to tour supporting their unique brand of Modern Traditional Heavy Metal (New Wave of Traditional American Heavy Metal). In 2020, the band is headed overseas once again for their first tour of the UK in March. To commemorate the tour, a new EP is dropping March 13th titled “For COS and Country.” The EP will be released on Exquisite Noise Records US and in association with the Vagabond Entertainment Group. The tour will include performing with Jackie Chambers of Girlschool.
Hard hitting, head banging, straight forward Heavy Metal is the mission of Corners of Sanctuary - nothing less will do. Old School is back with a vengeance... Metal has returned – COSnROLL!