Sanctum were a sadly short-lived fixture in the heyday of Cold Meat Industry. The multi-instrumental, multi-genre album Lupus in Fabula commanded the attention of music fans upon its release in 1996, with its quick stylistic changes from one track to another (or even within single tracks). One of its most striking features was the very obvious male/ female balancing act in the vocals, which gave the album the feeling of a dialogue.
In 1999, Sanctum played several live dates in the United States, but unfortunately, neither of the female members was able to join them. As a result, the band had to adjust their approach quite significantly, including material composed for other musical projects and dance performances. One of the shows, at New York’s sorely-missed CBGBs, was recorded and released as New York City Bluster – Live at CBGBs in 2000. As happens, the album sold out and has been unavailable for years. That’s where the German label Raubbau stepped in.
This classy outfit is in the process of reissuing the entire Sanctum back catalogue in digital download format; a total of five albums (three studio, including Lupus in Fabula and two live), and the back catalogue of affiliated acts Parca Pace and Mago. This is a pretty considerable undertaking, and clearly a labour of love and dedication to keeping the history of the industrial movement accessible.
New York City Bluster features five tracks only available on this album, including “Axiome”, which is the first video release. Canadian filmmaker DFM clearly takes his inspiration from the setting: the imagery revisits the Bowery neighbourhood as it was at the time of the show, full of urban grit and jittery energy.
You can purchase the first three Sanctum reissues through ant-zen and Raubbau now. F Squared Media has also made a new video for one of the tracks from Lupus in Fabula, which will premiere on their YouTube channel tomorrow.