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Knowledge at Hand: the Anthology

TypeStudio Full-length
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GenresTechnical Thrash Metal, Progressive Metal
LabelsDivebomb records
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Track listing (Songs)

2.Age Of Light4:12-0
3.Of Profit To The Wise6:49-0
4.Enemy Unseen5:06-0
6.Poverty Of Intellect4:19-0
7.Birth Of Acquisition5:23-0
13.A Brief Madness5:20-0
14.Excellence Or Stagnation4:43-0
16.Static Veins3:40-0
17.The Unloving Touch5:57-0
18.Influx Stupidity5:06-0
19.Turn A Blind Eye6:07-0
20.Beyond Apocalypse Dawn6:05-0
21.Sensing The Horror4:48-0

Line-up (members)

  • John Knight : Vocals
  • Ian Knight : Guitars
  • Iain Leith : Guitars
  • Kev Jackson : Bass
  • Jed Dawkins : Drums
Rising within the UK’s electrifying metal scene of the late 80’s, INNER SANCTUM eventually found themselves at odds with the majority of their surroundings. While during their early years they embraced the popularity of the exploding Thrash scene, but they simply were not content attempting to fit a mold of what that type of band should be. They grew more exploratory, stretching their creative wings and drifting further into much more progressive territories. Was this a calculated maneuver or a huge misstep on their part? History might suggest the latter, but these 6 demo tapes reveal a band embracing their enigmatic destiny and steamrolling headlong down the road less traveled.

Watchtower, Anacrusis, Toxik and Psychotic Waltz

Limited Edition 2xCD – only 500 units pressed worldwide – new artwork – band supplied photos – full color 12 page booklet with lyrics – new interview with band members

Divebomb Records Bootcamp Series is unearthing lost sessions, unreleased albums and long forgotten demos by unsung heroes of this scene’s past. These are cult bands for cult fans. Are you ready to join the army?
released October 4, 2013


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Excellent technical thrash pioneers from the UK, if you are a fan of WATCHTOWER, BELIEVER, PSYCHOTIC WALTZ then you need to check these guys out- later became FIFTH SEASON - then SYNAPTIK
Check out some reviews. Old & new

"Noticeably tight considering the self disciplined complexity of their technical metal - INNER SANCTUM are cleary very talented and serious about what they do- a band to watch" JASON ARNOPP (Kerrang! Ed) Sept 1993

"Astonishingly good musicians, Thrash with intelligence- a band with enormous potential" MALCOLM DOME (METAL FORCES) Magazine jan 1993

In the fall of 1995 INNER SANCTUM evolved into the band (that would become) progressive metallers FIFTH SEASON
Guitarist Ian Knight left I.S to form tech metal thrashers SIEGE SOCIETY (with bassist STEVE WOODCOCK- now with tech masters Linear Sphere & Foe). After which Ian (with English/Norwegian band members) formed the Extreme Death/Black Metal band TWISTED AUTUMN DARKNESS and released one album and an E.P .
Singer John Knight sang with London band Necropolis and Awakened before rejoining Bassist Kevin Jackson & returned to their tech metal roots - forming the melodic technical metal project thE.thinkinG.principlE.

Vocalist, Bassist & guitarist from Inner Sanctum - are currently in the Progressive Thrash band SYNAPTIK ( and combine the ferocity of Twisted Autumn Darkness with shades of Inner Sanctum and the melodic styling and vocals of Fifth Season. Check it out. \m/

First full line up-.....(89)("Inner Sanctum "Demo)- Ian Knight- guitars, Jonny Gibbs - Bass, John Knight - Vocals, Matt Goom - Drums, Neil Brown - Lead Guitar................ Next line up- (90)-(Static Veins & Sensorium Demo's) John Knight- Vocals, Ian Knight- Guitar, Jed Dawkins- Drums, Kev Jackson - Bass, Iain Leith- Guitar, ................. Next line up- (93)(Shine, Questions E.P Demo) John knight - Vocals, Kev Jackson - Bass, David Hawkins - Lead Guitar, Jed Dawkins - Drums......................................... Final line up (95)(Knowledge at Hand Demo) John Knight - Vocals, Kev Jackson - Bass, Jed Dawkins - Drums, Dave Ray - Lead guitar. .
few reviews.
"Inner Sanctum are both technically, and as songwriters- extremely competent. Powerful guitars and drums and terse meaty hooks & riffs. A instantly recognisable style, different but GOOD, one of Britains most promising metal bands" ROCK HARD MAGAZINE-Germany

"The bands proficient musicianship and songwriting abilities are an amazing achievement, highly recomended." UNDERGROUND SCENE REPORT

"Good songs, flowing melodies, technically excellent music, a pleasure to hear." RUSS SMITH- TERRORIZER MAGAZINE UK

Full of originality, this UK band are destined for greater things- watch this space." TUTTI PAZZI- ITALY


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