Thrash Hits verdict: This Irish quartet isn’t exactly new but they’re on the verge of doing something. Progressive metal or Djent or whatever you want to call it has become exceptionally popular over the last five years and Shattered Skies have a curiously melodic take on the genre. You won’t find many other unsigned bands that sound this good. Yes, they’re unsigned. We speak to guitarist, Ian Rockett.
Describe your sound in 3 words.
Westlife goes Metal.
What made you want to start a band?
Watching other bands on videos and in magazines, endlessly listening to music and realising that’s what I wanted to do. I love every aspect of it: from writing, to recording, to playing live, to touring, to doing videos. It’s just what I and I think all of us have wanted to do since we were young.
Where did the name come from?
It came from this odd thought I had one day of how at some point in history, early man must have thought the sky was solid, or like a roof of some sort almost, and how our perceptions must have so vastly shifted when we realised not only was it not solid, but that there was a whole universe beyond it. So the idea of ‘skies shattering’ refers to your perception of something you took for granted being irreversibly changed. I just thought it was an interesting concept, hence Shattered Skies.
What bands do you consider as part of your scene or as your peers?
The bigger end of the scene would be bands like Periphery, TesseracT, Monuments, even Karnivool to a certain degree. At our level our peers would be bands like Destiny Potato, Omega Experiment, DispersE, Stealing Axion. But we fit into a number of different areas musically so it’s hard to say really.
What other band should everyone find out about?
Agent Fresco. Get their album A Long Time Listening and have your mind absolutely blown. For fans of most music.
With which band would your dream tour be?
Probably Dream Theater. They’re a huge influence and one of our favourite bands, and they also play gigantic venues all over the world so it’d be hugely beneficial for us to tour with them!
What’s the most memorable show you’ve played?
Hard to say really. Our first show abroad, Euroblast 7 in October 2011 in Germany was amazing. It was the biggest crowd we’d played to at that point, and the first time we heard our own lyrics being sung back to us, it was insane! That’s very memorable. I’d say Bloodstock Festival in England last year as well, because it was such a huge show with major names like Alice Cooper, Machine Head, Dimmu Borgir, Sepultura, and all the reviews and responses we got from our performance were stellar, with some calling us one of their highlights of the festival. So to be able to step up to the plate at such a high-profile festival and still impress people was very memorable.
Tell us a joke.
Why did the plane crash? Because the pilot was a raspberry.
Shattered Skies are playing HRH Prog in Sheffield in April alongside the likes of Hawkwind and TesseracT.