Motherlode – The Sanctuary – 1986

Motherlode were another fantastic Rock & Roll band out of Sweden. Though referred to as a Metal band I would actually classify them as a Hard Rock band but I agree that Sonny Larsson’s vocals sound particularly Metal. I can not see that this album was released anywhere other than Sweden though strangely the band were big in Japan. This was the only album from the band as they broke up shortly after the albums release. In 2010 however Sonny Larsson and Tom Nilsson got back together and used the bands name for an album. After the 1987 dissolution of Motherlode and the dissolution of Björn Stigsson’s band Leviticus the two of them came together as XT. I will review that album in a few weeks. This album was released in the secular market but it has several Christian songs and they are good ones. This one really deserves a listen.

1 – Moving Emotion – 5:22
2 – He’s Coming Back – 3:30
3 – Wise Man – 4:38
4 – Downtown – 4:57
5 – The Rock Of Ages – 4:05
6 – Line Of Thought – 5:34
7 – (Singin’ About) Rock’n Roll – 4:25
8 – Father Of Lies – 7:57
9 – The Sanctuary – 2:11
10 – Live It Out – 3:35

Art Direction, Illustration – Rodney Matthews
Backing Vocals, Producer, Engineer, Mixed By – Kit Woolven
Bass – Peter Rundström
Drums – Martin Hedberg
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals – Tom Nilsson
Engineer [Assistant] – Jonas Kuling
Keyboards – Johan Lindström, Mark Stanway
Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals – Sonny Larsson
Management – Dennis Karlsson
Mastered By, Lacquer Cut By [Cutting] – Ian Cooper
Music By – Motherlode
Photography By – Anders Erkman, Göran Lindsjöö

Companies, etc.
Published By – Active Music Förlag
Published By – Sonet Music AB
Recorded At – Studio Kuling
Mixed At – Studio Kuling
Mastered At – The Town House
Lacquer Cut At – The Town House
Printed By – SIB-Tryck AB, Norsborg

Jacket Front
Jacket Back
Sleeve Front
Sleeve Back
Side 1
Side 2
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Author: Ray Mansfield

One of the founding cowboys of Real 80s CCM. Been listening to this stuff since 1978.

2 thoughts on “Motherlode – The Sanctuary – 1986”

  1. Thanks for putting this album up on your page. We did break up but it took uptil 89, and then we reformed 91-96. After this Tom and Sonny started all over again 2000 and kept going til 2014, when Motherlode was put to sleep. We started Stoneface 2014, with the core of Motherlode, and recorded 2 albums. Tom passed away in cancer 2020, and Stoneface is not active. I still work on old material from Motherlode, stuff we demoed in 1988. It might be recorded this fall, with Rob Marcello on guitars. Give me an adress and I will send you an LP and a couple of singles of the Sanctuary. Mint condition., never played, have been sitting in a box since -87..
    Best regards.
    Drummer of Motherlode 1985-96.

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