Altered States

Finishing off 2017 in style, I’m delighted to present ‘Altered States – A Fractured Mix’. This is a specially selected and curated blend of some of the best Ireland has to offer when it comes to dark, experimental and heavy music. it was a great opportunity to work with one of my good friends, Bill,…


FRACTURED: FOURTEEN – “Vircolac – Blood Moon”

In the final Fractured episode, we spent time with Dublin-based death metal band, Vircolac. Although relatively new, the members carry legacies within the heavy scene going back decades. Separating them somewhat from other bands is their commitment not only to an old-school death metal sound (think Altars of Madness-era Morbid Angel), but an interesting approach…


Bandcamp Article

Macdara Conroy‘s excellent article on the Irish underground music scene went live on Bandcamp – in it, he explores various musicians, with Fractured used as a connection. It’s a great read, and fantastic to see Irish bands making the front page of Bandcamp Daily.   “The diversity in Ireland’s heavy underground belies the limited pool…


FRACTURED: THIRTEEN – ‘Shardborne – The Sky From Above’

For the 13th episode, we headed back to Limerick City and spent some time with Shardborne. The band formed in 2010, and have since been spreading their own brand of progressive technical instrumental metal around Ireland since. In 2015 they released their debut album via Out on a Limb Records, but the band also play…


Fractured featured at the 33rd International Hamburg Film Festival 2017

I’m delighted to announce that Fractured will be showing not one, but a whopping SIX films at the Hamburg Short Film Festival. It will be part of the programming by Ronan Leonard, showcasing “A programme of films that document Ireland, her landscapes and musicians”..   For more information on the screening event, please check out…


FRACTURED: TWELVE “Apostate Viaticum – Shadows Under the Monolith”

FRACTURED: TWELVE delves into the heavy – and musically historic – world of Apostate Viaticum, from Dublin. AP might be a new band, but its members have roots going back to the dawn of extreme music in the 80’s, and are showing no signs of throwing in the towel just yet. Both Vinnie and George…


FRACTURED: ELEVEN “Zealot Cult – Voices From the Crypt”

FRACTURED: ELEVEN gets down and dirty with Limerick-based death metallers, Zealot Cult. Formed from the ashes of The Swarm and Victim X, ZC know exactly what they want to do music-wise; play fast, and play heavy. They’ve taken their influences from the classic era of death metal songwriting – think Death, Morbid Angel and Obituary,…


Fractured’s Top Ten releases of 2016

John over at The Irish Metal Archive needed a hand rounding up the top Irish releases of the year, and I was happy to help. If you aren’t familiar with the Archive, definitely check it out – John has done a great job with keeping track of the sometimes sketchy history of the metal scene…


Fractured’s 10 Irish Metal Bands…

…You Should Be Listening To.   Overblown were nice enough to invite me over to their site, and I was happy to oblige. The topic of discussion? My ‘top ten Irish Metal bands you should be listening to’. It was in response to the seemingly ‘safe’ list that had been compiled for Metal Hammer (which,…


FRACTURED: TEN – “Yurt – Flesh on Bone”

The tenth episode is here – and this time we are entering the dark, swirling, proggy punk world of Yurt. Formed in the mid 2000’s, and made up of members of prolific underground bands such as The Steam Pig, Estel and Venus Sleeps, Yurt make no concessions to conforming to what an audience might expect…