Roadrunner Records is proud to announce the signing of classic metal quartet SANCTITY. Hailing from Asheville, NC, USA, the group formed in 2000 and is comprised of Jared MacEacherníæ(vocals/rhythm guitar), Zeff Childress (lead guitar), Billy Moody (bass) and Jeremy Londoníæ(drums). íæ SANCTITY was signed by longtimeíæRoadrunner A&R man Monte Conner.íæ Says Conner: “Sanctity is straight-up, guitar-based, melodic heavy metal.íæI received a video of the band’s song ‘Zeppo,’ and besidesíæshowcasing the blazing fretwork of lead shredder, Zeff, the main thing I got from the video wasíæa sense of how of much a star the vocalist (Jared) really is.íæHe knows how to command a stage and has an overwhelming presence. The minute I sawíæJared iníæaction, I knew I had to sign the band.íæOf equal importance,íæhe’s got an amazingíævocalíærange andíæaíæfreshíæstyle compared to what’s out there today.”íæíæ íæ Following an US support slot opening for Fear Factory and Trivium, Sanctity took up Trivium vocalist Matt Heafy’s suggestion of working with producer Jason Suecof at Audiohammer Studios in Florida (Trivium, God Forbid). Conner’s interest was piqued after hearing the two sets of demos the band recorded. But the band took the bull by the horns andíæsealed the dealíæby deliveringíæaíæself-financed,íæhomemade video for theiríæfans’ favorite track ‘Zeppo’.íæíæíæ íæ Regarding the video, Jared says “Our director Ramon Boutviseth knew of this abandoned prison that was built in the 1930’s. It was really dusty in there, not to mention the fact that everything had been originally painted with lead paint, which was now hanging off the ceilings and walls like dead skin after sunburn. One of the bestíæthings about the shoot was the fact that it was an experiment for us and Ramon – none of us having ever shot a video before.íæWe all think it turned out great, but what wasn’t so great was the fact that we were all sick for a couple weeks afterwardí¢äå_” íæ “‘Zeppo’ is a song that we wrote a number of years ago,”íæcontinues Jared, “and even after our last session in the studio, we still felt it was one of our strongest songs.íæTheíætitleíæ’Zeppo’ is a little obscure, but we feel it fits. It comes from a TV show we wereíæwatching where one of the characters says he feels like a Zeppo, meaning Zeppo Marx, the only MarxíæBrother who never did anything. In the show, this character ends up saving the day. In a way, I guess it’s one of those songs about being the underdog.íæBoth the song and the video are indicative of what it’s like for us to completely immerse ourselves in SANCTITY and our efforts to be heard.”íæ íæ “We’re all really excited aboutíæjoiningíæthe Roadrunner family, and look forward to jumping right into the thick of it,”íæenthusesíæJared.íæí¢äåñIt was a long road getting here but we couldn’t ask for better people to work with. We look forward to making a record that will explode some heads out there!”íæíæíæ íæ Sanctity are managed by Justin Arcangel and Brian Heafy of Dark Angel Management and willíærecord their Roadrunner debutíæthisíæsummer with Jason Suecof for an Autumn 2006 release. In the meanwhile, the demo version and videoíæof ‘Zeppo’ can be foundíæHERE. Or to hear audio only via Windows Media, you can CLICK HERE.