COSMICK VIEW: Hello Frankie! Welcome to the Cosmick View. Thank you for taking some time out of your day to chat with me, it is greatly appreciated.
CV: Where do you get all your energy while on stage?
Frankie Cross: Every show I tend to get excited like I did at my first show. That excitement of performing in front of a live crowd, the anticipation of performing our songs… from that point, the adrenaline takes over and just the sheer excitement of the opening drums and first guitar notes is enough to get anybody's heart beating fast… that and a 5-hour Energy Shot doesn't hurt either.
CV: What bands or artist have influenced you the most?
FC: Early Motley Crue, Metallica, Queensryche and Led Zeppelin… and of course Kiss. All these bands incorporated strong vocals and “anthemic” lyrics.
CV: Who are some of your favorite non-Metal artists?
FC: I've always loved Billy Joel, Elton John, Foreigner and Styx… and Pearl Jam & Springsteen, Boston, Cars. Throwing in a little Imagine Dragons, The Shins and Muse.
CV: What would be your top three go-to albums for inspiration?
FC: Kiss “Destroyer,” “Operation Mindcrime” from Queensryche and Metallica “Master of Puppets.”
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Hailing from Philadelphia, New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal band Corners of Sanctuary (COS) formed in 2011 with a desire to bring back the sounds of Classic Heavy Metal to the modern music arena.
2012 marked the release of their debut album “Breakout”. Being well received, “Breakout” was listed in the Lithuanian publication Diovim as one of the Best CDs of 2012. With the marketing power of Pure Steel Records, Germany, “Breakout” was quickly followed up by “Harlequin”, releasing in January 2013. Later that same year, their third album “Axe to Grind” released under La Mazakuata Records, Mexico. In late 2014, Pure Steel Records re-released “Axe to Grind” in Europe. In September 2015, COS signed with Metalizer Records, Germany, for the release of their fourth full-length album “Metal Machine”. The album was mastered by famed producer and Death Dealer guitarist Stu “The Hammer” Marshall, and was met with worldwide critical acclaim delivering hits like “Wrecking Ball” and “Tomorrow Never Comes.”
COS has appeared on the covers of Spain’s Heavy Riffs Magazine (Aug 2015), Rockwired Magazine (USA) (Feb 2016) and Sin City’s Presents (USA) (Feb 2017). The band was also named “Artist of Month” twice by Rockwired Magazine in August 2015 and again in March 2016.
Corners of Sanctuary has performed with many prominent artists including being direct support for: Anvil, Stryper, Dirkschneider (UDO,) Tim “Ripper” Owens (Judas Priest), Blood Feast, Grim Reaper, David Shankle (Manowar), Bulletboys, Savior from Anger, and Damon Johnson (Black Star Riders, Thin Lizzy). Other notable artists COS has worked with include: Butcher Babies, Tracii Guns, Saving Abel, Saxon, Tantric, Marc Rizzo of Soulfly, Green Jello, Black Lodge, Wrath, Act of Defiance, Britny Fox, Silvertung and Edge of Paradise among others.
In 2016, COS released their best of compilation, “Declaration of Metal” which contained a brand new track titled “Hyde No More”. The release also produced two music videos which, collectively, received over 30K views on Youtube. Most recently, in March 2017, the band dropped a new digital EP titled “Cut Your Losses” on Exquisite Noise Records USA along with a video for the track “Wild Card” garnishing over 45K views on Youtube and Facebook combined.
COS released the hard driving album “The Galloping Hordes” digitally May 18th and continues to tour supporting their unique brand of Modern Traditional Heavy Metal and are playing throughout the East Coast. In addition, the band is super excited to have recently signed with German Label Killer Metal Records and will be embarking on their first European tour in August of 2018. The band also released 'Finding Sanctuary' June 2nd, 2018.
Hard hitting, head banging, straight forward Heavy Metal is the mission of Corners of Sanctuary - nothing less will do. Old School is back with a vengeance.... Metal has returned – COSnROLL!
Corners of Sanctuary Members:
Ryan Michael - vocals
Mick Michaels - guitars, keyboards
James Pera - bass
Mad T - drums