Released on Halloween 2009, Soul Sanctuary's Afterlife is the band self released debut into the musical world. Influenced by bands such as Pantera, Linkin Park, Metallica, Bullet For My Valentine, Disturbed, Breaking Benjamin, Lamb of God, Five Finger Death Punch, Iron Maiden, Megadeth and many more, It is an album that crosses a large scope of music styles and sounds.
"If I had to choose a Genre for this band, it would be Metalcore, but that's just my opinion because to me this sound is just new and doesn't fit into just one slot" - 3FGTAM
Afterlife is an album that covers many lyrical styles and themes that deal with political and religious frustrations on tracks like Heart Attack and Afterlife, to emotional and heart felt themes on tracks like Gone Away and Scars of You.
Luke Gibson the bands front man and lyric writer said in an interview that "I think we were trying to confront of lot of humanities preconceived notions about life. when I write lyrics I try to write with a lot of irony and tongue in cheek. I guess with a lot of the lyrics on the Afterlife album I was trying to poke fun at some of the more stupid elements of human society. The other part was autobiographical journey through some of the darker times in my life."
Media Clips and Quotes about Afterlife:
"This is amazing!" - Alex Herron (Scuzz TV)
"kick-ass... Br00tal!" - Metal Hammer
"Soul Sanctuary are less a band and more an invading army of metal!" - Total Guitar Magazine
"I Like Them" - Stuart Epps (Producer - Led Zeppelin/Oasis)
"Excellent. Driving, aggressive rock 'n roll. I love it. Great vocals... Kick Ass Live Band!" - Wayne Thompson (TV Producer)
"WOW, I certainly wasn't expecting this...Killer arrangements...you have a brand new fan!" - Beau Hill (Producer - Alice Copper/Ratt/Winger/Twisted Sister)
"Ferociously felt and brilliantly played heavy metal 8/10" - East Magazine
"Musical Masterpiece 10/10" - Headbang Today
"A scream to match any of the metal legends 9/10" - Rock Sins
"Afterlife is an exclusive piece of an amazing quality 17/20" - Spirit of Metal
Full Reviews of Afterlife:
"Afterlife kicks off with a heavy and in your face track title track “Afterlife”, and Soul Sanctuary let you know what they're about from the very start. Hard and heavy metal with punching vocals that would put any emo band in its place. Tracks such as “Killing Time”, “Scars Of You” show off a unique feel and a real maturity, which is rare for a self released debut album.
“Reflections”, “Zeitgeist” and “Gone Away” show how Soul Sanctuary can slow the pace, but still keep up to an excellent standard, but with a more meaningful beat and lyrics to match.
The raw feeling of this band is akin to Bullet For My Valentine with fast, rhythmic guitar, excellent lead and a powerful high vocal with a scream to match any of the metal legends. The drums backup the tracks perfectly with fast in your face double bass, but doesn’t feel overdone with it slowing down and matching the guitar perfectly.
Afterlife a brilliant debut album with strong perfectly formed tracks which are packed full of in your face metal, exploding screams, heavy riffs, unique guitar solos and bass to blow your ears off. Soul Sanctuary are a must have for any metal heads library and are defiantly one to look out for. "
- Rock Sins Review of Afterlife 2010
"When some bands are referred to as playing “alternative metal” it can be difficult to clearly envision what music they are trying to play. But in case of Soul Sanctuary, whatever they were trying to create, the album Afterlife is an exclusive piece of an amazing quality.
Even though a combination of growls, clean vocals and pissed off lyrics about how our lives are fucked up, is an old and well proven way to get a listenable album. It’s not a rule that you always get a successful and class A record. Luckily, in this case, everything worked out in the best way it could!
Despite the fact that the scheme of some of the songs is almost identical which may be tiring for some listeners, there is no chance that the songs will blend in one since each and every one of them has a new and original feel.
The album starts away right with the title track Afterlife. A variation of striking parts and more melodic clearly sand passages is typical for this song. But a guitar solo, is thrown in which sits nicely in the mix. All together, the starting track destroys all the doubts you could have before turning the album on. And what’s more, it gets better.
Except for a few backing screams, Game of Conviction is no growls to speak of. Built with a blend of very catchy riffs and lyrics continuing along the same sceptic mood as Afterlife's title track, making swing along to the whole pissed off spirit.
Next comes the track Destiny, which is more melodic than it predecessors, yet very energetic and with a slight rock ’n’ roll sparkle to it. Which can be heard just in the beginning and few other riffs scattered throughout the song. Doubling the vocals in the right moments is another nuances that completes the listening experience of Afterlife.
Next up is Killing Time, this is a track which takes the all aggression that was missed previously and bottles it up in concentrated format. Swinging back into the groove of pounding double bass this track doesn't miss a beat, there's even a slap bass solo thrown in towards the end!
Starting with an extremely angry answer phone message, comes Packaged follows the pattern of hard kicking double bass and roaring vocals, but it's the next track that really stands out from the crowd here.
From the acoustic, mellow beginning the song is gradating step by step and shows practically the range of the rapidity of the band. But it would be a mistake to await the same from the following track Scars of You which may mystify by its slow push off but in general is quite striking.
Cauterized is a very catchy piece of work and has everything to come into the awareness of the wider sphere of awareness of listeners. Zeitgeist jumps from mild tunes to storming beats all over again and doesn’t let you get bored. Gone Away seems to be more as if smoothed and rock sounding and framed that the rest of the album and it definitely works well. Officially last track is Heart Attack and it makes a nice finish of the album.
But why “officially”? I’m not sure whether it is a purpose or a lag (which I would be thankful for) but you can notice that instead of eleven tracks as written on the booklet there are thirteen. So if you think that the album already officially finished, you can wait and approximately after thirteen minutes, a surprise waits for you.
If you want to know, that the surprise is, all I can advise you is to buy the album, which would be definitely NOT a waste of money. "
- Spirit of Metal 2010