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Ilenkus are a five piece progressive/post metal band from Galway, Ireland. In September 2011 the band released their debut album ‘Rule By Thieves’ on Savour Your Scene Records.
‘Rule By Thieves’ was recieved excellently by critics. The bands’ sound has been described as “A mix of Metal, Grunge and Noisecore”, while being compared to acts like Mastodon, Isis, Dillinger Escape Plan, Tool and Botch.Thus far Ilenkus have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with international bands such as The Ocean, Rolo Tomassi, James Cleaver Quintet and Xerath, along with a host of talented Irish bands including Rest, Only Fumes and Corpses, Shardborne and Gacys Threads.
Drop-D.ie have described the band as “majestic post-metal”, while Terrorizer Magazine wrote that “you’d have to be pretty thick not to check these guys out – and keep your eyes on them”, while describing ‘Rule By Thieves’ as “expansive and well written”. After extensive touring in Ireland, Ilenkus departed on their first international tour in October 2012, co-headlining a spell of dates around the UK with Shardborne. Simultaneously the band released a new song; ‘Ram’ and provided all attendees of the tour with free download codes.
The band have spent the first few months of 2013 in the recording studio and booking their upcoming tour. They are set to release the follow up to ‘Rule By Thieves’ some time this year and are embarking on a month long European tour in the summer.
Shardborne are a 4 piece instrumental progressive metal band from Limerick, Ireland. Widely regarded by the underground community as Ireland’s best prog metal act, 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 extensively in Ireland 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.
The E.P. was written, recorded and produced exclusively by the band and has been distributed to numerous stores in Ireland and the UK. Each member of the band plays a very important role and are all very dedicated to the music created. The band is very hard working, and has been self sufficient since its inception.
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. 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.
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