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Shardborne to release debut album in July

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Irish instrumental prog metallers Shardborne – who play the PlanetMosh-backed Perverting The Innocent festival later this year – are to release their full-length debut, ‘Living Bridges’, via Out On A Limb Records on July 10 .

Artwork for Living Bridges by ShardborneThe band said of the album – the follow up to their 2011 ‘Aeonian Sequence’ EP:  “[It’s] progressive metal drawing influence from many genres such as rock, metal, jazz, alternative and instrumental music… ‘Living Bridges’ is a culmination of musical styles, concepts and several years of writing.”

Speaking about signing to Out On A Limb, the Limerick band said:  “We’re delighted to be working with the guys.  Any help we can get getting our music out is greatly appreciated! They are really great people to be working with and they are on the same page as us about the release of the album and how to work with our music.  We’ve been aware of the label for quite a while so it’s nice to be added as part of the OOAL family.”

Out On A Limb Records joint owner Ciarán had this to say about the label’s newest signing:  “When [Shardborne] sent us on ‘Living Bridges’ for a listen, it really exceeded my expectations.  I knew a good few of the tracks from hearing them live but hearing the whole thing together brought it to a whole new level.  They’ve got their shit together in every way possible, and they’re good guys too, which is an important thing when you’re running an independent label like ours.”

The album was recorded by the band’s Ben Wanders and Ciaran Culhane and was mixed and mastered by producer Jamie King (Between the Buried and Me, Scale the Summit).  Renowned illustrator Duncan Storr (Skyclad) created the artwork (pictured above).

Mark Ashby

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