Sanctus Real Purges Tough Year on New Album

Published: 2006-02-09
Christian rock band Sanctus Real is set to release its third album on April 4th.

Since the release of the group's first album, Say It Loud, in 2004, Sanctus Real has been bringing radio hits like "Everything About You" and "The Fight Song."

But the story behind the band's newest album is one full of tragedy. It "begins last February with the birth of drummer Mark Graalman's first son Benjamin," Sanctus explains in a press release. "Shockingly two hours after Benjamin was born and one floor below the happy celebration, Graalman's father was diagnosed with cancer. During this same time, the grandmother of vocalist Hammitt became gravely ill. She eventually ended up in a local hospice care facility in a room next door to Graalman's dying father. Shortly afterwards, the band's bass player, Steve Goodrum, decided to leave to pursue other interests. New member, bassist Dan Gartley joined the band last spring after touring with Relient K."

The album reflects this troubled time in the band's history with songs like "I'm Not Alright," the first single from the disc, just released to radio.

Though the album isn't out till April, the band has already begun touring in support of it, and if you're lucky enough to live in Montreal, you can check the group out live:

May 20, Motnreal, QC - Maurice Richard Arena

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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