Shattered Skies: The World We Used To Know

Rising tech metallers fuse the hard with the smooth

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With appearances at Bloodstock, Holland’s ProgPower and a couple of Techfests, and with several magazine features behind them, Shattered Skies have worked hard to spread the word since releasing a six-song EP, Reanimation, in mid-2011.

Now, after uprooting to Southend from Dublin, they have every right to hope that this enterprising, satisfying full-length debut could elevate them by a few notches more. Following the airy instrumental scene-setter Collapse Of Man, the quartet erupt into The End And The Rebirth, a glorious wall of rhythmic but defiantly hummable noise that provides a loose blueprint for the joys that follow.

Blessed with a melodious, versatile voice, Sean Murphy quickly emerges as the shining light of Shattered Skies, though Ian Rockett pushes him right down to the wire with an avalanche of slapping guitar riffs and keyboard tones that juxtapose neck-juddering crunches (Haunted and Show’s Over, for instance) with a more elegant, understated mindset displayed on the epic title track and, taking things to an extreme, a shamelessly balladic though still muscular Elegance And Grace. There’s not a dull moment on offer.


Dave Ling

Dave Ling was a co-founder of Classic Rock magazine. His words have appeared in a variety of music publications, including RAW, Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, Prog, Rock Candy, Fireworks and Sounds. Dave’s life was shaped in 1974 through the purchase of a copy of Sweet’s album ‘Sweet Fanny Adams’, along with early gig experiences from Status Quo, Rush, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Yes and Queen. As a lifelong season ticket holder of Crystal Palace FC, he is completely incapable of uttering the word ‘Br***ton’.