Shardborne are a four- piece instrumental progressive metal band from Limerick, Ireland. The instrumental lineup was completed in 2010 when bassist Cormac O’Farrell joined the original lineup of Ciaran and Eoin Culhane (guitars) and Ben Wanders (drums).
They released their debut EP ‘Aeonian Sequence’ in April 2011 to critical acclaim and have toured in Ireland, The UK and The Netherlands since, sharing the stage with internationally recognized acts such as Cynic, Chimp Spanner, Russian Circles, And So I Watch You From Afar, Rotting Christ, Xerath and Thurisaz, among many more.
‘The quality of the players on show with this release is quite simply brilliant!’ was how Drop-d.ie summarized the E.P, saying that Irish metal has ‘taken another giant step out of the shadows’. The band have had coverage in the Irish Times Newspaper, radio play from numerous stations, and have had great reviews from all corners of the media, scooping an impressive 5/5 from Molten Magazine. Ben recently won Zildjan’s best drummer in Ireland competition and has been featured in Rhythm magazine.
In terms of style, Shardborne draw from a wide range of metal, prog rock and various other influences. Their mix of guitar driven melodies and complex musical structures lead to an exciting and unique sound, the twin guitar players melding lines together with interwoven bass grooves and creative technical drum beats as the band collectively skip from one timing to another and from genre to genre. Each member of Shardborne plays a very important role and all are very dedicated to the music created. The band is very hard working, and has been self sufficient since its inception.
Their entertaining live show has been seen on stages all over the country, and they are working hard to introduce their music to as broad an audience as possible.
Fast Forward to 2015 and Shardborne are happy to announce the release of their debut ‘Living Bridges’ will out on 10th July via Out On A Limb Records.