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Sanctus Bellum / Press

“The band’s sound is as ominous as its name with Waggoner’s raspy roar navigating its way through punctuated power chords and tightly executed guitar solos. The sound is apocalyptic to say the least...”

“Sanctus Bellum: Nothing Certain But Metal And Taxes: What fuels heavy metal music? Some might say the Armageddon that is flirting with our world; others, watching the machinations of craven political and religious leaders. We, however, can testify that some of the best music comes from artists suffering for much more personal reasons. Ben Yaker, the leader of Houston's Sanctus Bellum, an exciting new metal band that played Denton's 35 Conferette this spring and hits Rudyard's Friday, wrote some of the darkest riffs to "Shoggoth's Ascent," the gripping opener of their debut CD, in the midst of studying for the bar exam. ... Sanctus Bellum may be getting just as much attention outside Houston. Earlier this month (June 3), they played the Liquid Sludge Fest in Austin, with headliners UK doom metal gods Orange Goblin...”