The Mourning Light of “Dark Sanctuary”

The Mourning Light of "Dark Sanctuary"

Dark Sanctuary is a French ethereal, “dark atmospheric” band, formed in 1996. Musically, their sound is a mesh of neoclassical orchestrations and poetic balladry, with vocals delivered in an operatic style.

Their subject matter ranges from variations of old wive’s tales, to the fan-fiction of popular folklore and historical religious scripture.

Although Dark Sanctuary has been described as melancholic, morose or gloomy, a deeper examination and understanding of their tristeful creations unveils something more — a musical and poetic itinerary for a journey into the darker aspects of the human condition, inciting contemplation and inflaming emotion.

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In 2008, Dark Sanctuary released their latest album to date. Simply titled “Dark Sanctuary”, the project is a 12-song production which accompanies a book of artwork by Spanish artist Victoria Frances, each illustration inspired by and dedicated to the music respectively.

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