Discussion in 'Iron Maiden' started by Anonymous, Apr 11, 2004.


How good is Sanctuary on a scale of 1-10

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  1. Poto

    Poto Ancient Mariner

    Better than the opener. A very energetic song, and Steve does a lot of cool stuff with his bass. Also like the riffs and guitar solos. Also excellent live. 8/10
  2. I was playing it on the guitar the other day, using the A Real Dead One tab book I think. Since the main riff is a bit reminiscent of "Matchbox" (the Carl Perkins song covered by the Beatles) I automatically played it with a tiny bit of swing like I'm used to with these kind of riffs. Then a lightbulb lit up above my head: this is a metallized rockabilly song in disguise. Playing the rest of the song with swing sounds perfect, and playing a 50s rock'n'roll type solo on it is awesome. (In fact, I got used so quickly yo playing it like that that now the rhythm in the original Maiden version feels a bit stiff).

    Now I have an idea for a "surprising" cover version. Thanks, Maiden!

    PS: I forgot to say that my favourite version is not the single, nor any of the Bruce versions, but the BBC version from 1979. Now that's an energetic Sanctuary for you. The worst version however is the Metal for Muthas version. It's amazing how a recording studio environment can intimidate a band into playing it meek...
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2016
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  3. mirtilo

    mirtilo Nomad

    I love the bass lines in this song. 8/10
  4. BeThyJames

    BeThyJames Trooper

    Not a fan of this. Good energy and the chorus gives you hope it's going somewhere but it's just quite a bit below the standard of later Maiden stuff and even the standard of this album.

  5. matic22

    matic22 Ancient Mariner

    During this listen it didn't seem on par with Prowler. It seemed like a filler. Still great solos on this one.

  6. The Reverend

    The Reverend Invader

    Repetitively energetic stop-start rocker with some good solos.
    Highlight: The instrumental section
    Lowlight: The mid-song restarts
  7. Diesel 11

    Diesel 11 As you scream into the web of silence...

    A pretty good song, not the greatest ever, but I love the raw feel, and it's the kinda thing I'd expect to hear on a classic rock station. 7/10
  8. Diesel 11

    Diesel 11 As you scream into the web of silence...

    The siren is the best part of this song. 5/10
  9. GiovaOfficial

    GiovaOfficial Powerslave

    Decent rocker. Good solo, once again. Nothing too special about it in the studio version, quite good live (especially as a closer). 7/10
  10. Number 6

    Number 6 Ancient Mariner

    This one gets a 7 from me. Quite enjoyable, although live versions are better (Rock In Rio's is gorgeous, especially Janick's improvised solo that leads right in to the crowd interaction bit). Nonetheless, a very good song which would have been a nice addition to the album's original track listing. It's a shame it didn't make it.
  11. Jer

    Jer CriedWhenJanickStayed

    A brain-dead but catchy riff carries us through a serviceable verse, building up to a good cliffhanger pre-chorus. Another round of the same, and then we get a pretty flat and boring chorus.

    A solid solo section follows, then a so-so musical break, pre-chorus, and another round of verse, pre-chorus (with very odd vocal accents and some botched delivery), and chorus before some guitar harmonies build to a quick ending.

    I'm not a fan of this one. Some mild positives and negatives with a lot of mediocrity. 5/10.
  12. Diesel 11

    Diesel 11 As you scream into the web of silence...

    Sanctuary was one of my least favorite Maiden songs for a while. I think it's grown on me, though. I often find myself humming it out of nowhere. Not a perfect Maiden song, but for the early days, it's a nice example of their draw. Catchy and fun. Di'Anno sounds great. Also love the siren utilized here.

    6/10; not very special but enjoyable to listen to.
  13. Christoffer

    Christoffer Nomad

    A great rocker!
  14. KidInTheDark666

    KidInTheDark666 The island where the souls of dead are reborn

    Good rocker. 8
  15. Diesel 11

    Diesel 11 As you scream into the web of silence...

    A pretty fun song, but it works far better live. Di'Anno doesn't sound too great in studio and unfortunately brings the song down. It's still above average though, all things considered. 6
  16. Kalata

    Kalata Out of the Silent Planet

    A fantastic short rocker. Superb riff and tempo, both solos are great too. I quite like the verses and the chorus is fun. Beautiful harmonies through it. Live, the song is even better. Essential song for the band - I always liked it, everything is perfect in it, so... 10/10.
  17. Randalf

    Randalf Ancient Mariner

    I'm with you. It's an enjoyable rocker from the early days and while I can understand and appreciate the "live-value" it has, I still think it's one of the more unnecessary setlist additions over the years, especially on the more recent tours.
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  18. Diesel 11

    Diesel 11 As you scream into the web of silence...

    Actually I like “Sanctuary” live and I’d take it over a lot of other songs. Studio version is kinda so-so though.
  19. Zare

    Zare sorry Zed

    RiR version is insane because Nicko rapes the kit.

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