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Shardborne Premieres Full "Living Bridges" Album

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Ahead of the July 10th release date for "Living Bridges" we're bringing you an exclusive premiere of Irish instrumental / prog metal band Shardborne's new album in full - listen in below.

"Living Bridges" follows the 2011 EP “Aeonian Sequence” (available at Bandcamp here) and was mastered by producer Jamie King (known for his work with Between The Buried and Me). Artwork for "Living Bridges" was designed by Skyclad and Scale the Summit artist Duncan Storr.

Each track stands unique on its own or can be listened as part of a 51 minute sonic journey which has often more similarities towards classical composition than the modern day verse, chorus, verse repeat set-up.

Comments drummer Ben Wanders on the album: “'Living Bridges' is a culmination of our interests and pretty accurately represents the type of music we like to create. Everyone has their own preferences and tastes, and that results in having many varied influences on the music.”

As for inspiration, adds bassist Cormac O’Farrell, “We focused mainly on creating as interesting an album as possible for us musically. We try to keep it interesting, using things like phone numbers to make up riffs or time signatures! Also, with many interesting pedals lying around you’re never short of inspiration or entertainment!

The album was recorded entirely by the band’s Ciaran Culhane [guitars] and Ben Wanders, before going on to be mixed and mastered by Jamie King at Basement Recording. Ciaran comments on the recording process: “The biggest challenge for us really was the amount of time it took. We wanted to be thorough and make sure every part of each song was as good as we could make it…. I don't think we would have achieved a finished product that we were as happy with if we had gone to someone else's studio…”

He continues, “Jamie King took the recording to a whole new level for us. We were blown away by his first mixes. They were big sounding, punchy and clear.”

Hailing from The Emerald Isle, guitarist Eoin Culhane comments on the metal scene in the band's home city as well as the country as a whole: “The scene in Limerick is pretty strong at the moment. There are a couple of great bands going here in the metal scene and twice a year there is the ‘Siege of Limerick’ which is a big all day festival. There are always other musicians around and good bands to play gigs with here. Across Ireland there are bands playing every sort of heavy music so gigs are always varied.”

Ben Wanders finishes up by stating what’s next for Shardborne: “With regards to another album, the next step for us is writing more material, which is already underway. We never really stop writing new music, so there's always something in progress. Coming up with new ideas is one of the things that keeps us interested and keeps the cogs turning. Aside from the writing, we plan on touring the new album quite extensively. We aim to be back in the UK and Europe again very soon so that we can promote 'Living Bridges' as much as possible!”

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1. Ciaran Culhane writes:

Hey guys the album comes out July 10th on Out On A Limb records. There's a link to it here!


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2. Gustavo writes:

Amazing. They sound really good

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3. edgar writes:

sounding deadly!!

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4. Drum_Junkie writes:

I'll be honest, I was ready to make a flatulent reference to the band name, but after listening to this I changed my mind.

This sounds really good. If I was to be critical, I'd say that the song lengths were on the long side, but they do take you on a journey, so that minor quibble is entirely forgivable.

The drums sound crisp and the playing is a highlight for me. I like the way they complement and contrast with the rest of the music, and the mixture of 16th and 32nd note double bass licks is a personal favorite trick of mine to play. The seemingly layered guitar work is rich and reminds me of Animals as Leaders with some thrash. The bass makes me think of Yes and Rush and does a great job bridging the guitars and drums into cohesion.

Overall, well done!

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