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QUIRIGUA SUCCESSORS | SINGLE
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Released: 5th August 2022

  • Released via: Zoorka Records

  • Written by: Jan & Gunnar

  • Lyrics by: Jan & Gunnar

  • Produced by: Fragmentum

  • Recorded at: Z-Underground Studios

  • Mixed by: David Luiten&Fragmentum

  • Mastered by: David Luiten

  • Artwork by: Zoorka Design

Quirigua Successors Flames
Quirigua Successors Flames
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MASTERS OF PERPLEXITY | ALBUM
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INFO

Released: 16th April 2021

  • Released via: Zoorka Records

  • Written by: Jan & Gunnar

  • Lyrics by: Jan & Gunnar

  • Produced by: Fragmentum

  • Recorded at: Z-Underground Studios

  • Mixed by: Fragmentum

  • Mastered by: Fragmentum

  • Artwork by: Gogo Melone 

FRAGMENTUM - 6PANDIGI1
FRAGMENTUM - 6PANDIGI1
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Digi Inlay
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PRESS RELEASE:

"Described as a melodic death metal band, Belgian’s Fragmentum’s second full length release appears to be much more complex. There are definite traits of bands like Dark Tranquility and Insomnium within their music. And yet its synths that combine with a driving riff on the opening track, ‘Origination of Mankind’, with the band blending death growls with darker, mournful cleans in a Depeche Mode meets In Flames hybrid. This continues into the album, and as it develops, so the music expands.

Founded in 2015, the band toured with Children of Bodom in the US as well as sharing the stage with Soulfy and Annihilator. Quite how some of this melodeth and industrial fused metal will have been received by rabid thrash fans is anyone’s guess.

 

The melodic death feel is never far away, and there is a pattern to the band’s songs. ‘Victim of the Gods’ echoes the preceding track, and there are many occasions when listening to ‘Masters of Perplexity’ when you need to check the track listing as it does sound remarkably similar at times. But there is plenty to enjoy over the 62 minutes and the musicianship is impressive, with intricate guitar work threaded through the complex song constructions.

There’s a Celtic feel to some of their work; ‘Clash of the Clans’ contains addictive melody lines, fired by a thumping bass kick and some driving riffs. The contrast of growls and cleans works well, neither overused and on occasion, there is emphasis on one style which is pleasing, avoiding the often used back and fore approach. At times, the band stray into almost folk metal, and this is one of the main attractions with this album. There are numerous styles that are littered across it and whilst it retains the classic melodic death metal feel, the variation works well and helps retain the interest.

The dark feel of songs like ‘Feast of the Flesh’, a sinister and brooding piece, contrasts with the more direct ‘Screeching of the Sacrifice’, which has an almost marching beat which you can sing along to. Elsewhere the atmosphere changes with the haunting ‘Dwelling of the Ghosts’, the anthemic ‘Welcome to the Afterlife’ increases the tempo once more with another Celtic twist before the rich melodies of ‘Secrets of the Stones’ close off an album that gets better with every play."   The Razors Edge -  by Paul Hutchings

PUGNACITY | ALBUM
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INFO

Released: 10th May 2019

  • Released via: Into Records

  • Written by: Jan & Gunnar

  • Lyrics by: Jan Bruggeman

  • Produced by: Fragmentum

  • Recorded at: Fragmentum Studios

  • Mixed by: Fragmentum

  • Mastered by: Brett Caldas-Lima

  • Artwork by: Pete Alander at Bandmill.net

Pugnacity - Inner Cover
Pugnacity - Inner Cover
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Pugnacity - Outer Cover
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Pugnacity is our debut album, our debut melodic death-metal masterpiece. A long time in the making, Pugnacity reflects the inner struggle that people go through regardless of what's being presented on the surface, resulting in the unexpected reactions from unexpected situations that you didn't even know you had within you. It's unpredictable. The natural instinct to survive.
- Fragmentum; Jan, Gunnar, Herwig & Frederik

PRESS RELEASE:

FRAGMENTUM ISSUE DEBUT ALBUM, ‘PUGNACITY,’ FRESH OFF TOUR WITH CHILDREN OF BODOM

 

The phrases “melodic” and “death metal” don’t necessarily go hand in hand, but Fragmentum are one of the few bands that take the unique approach of combining both factions together - as heard throughout their debut album, ‘Pugnacity,’ which will be released on May 10, 2019 via Into Records.

 

The band - which is led by band members Jan Bruggeman and Gunnar Nopens - hails from Belgium, and was originally formed in 2015. Connected in previous metal projects Mental Shadow, Octahedron and Bellator they now fully represent Fragmentum, a musical, graphical and philosophical synergy.

 

“We have this ‘special bond’, being able to be straight forward with each other makes it easy to take decisions, it’s not only about the music”

 

Gunnar is resolute in his rhythm guitar playing, vocals, composing songs, web site development and programming, as Jan takes up the lead guitar, grunt vocals, songwriting and design. This alliance of musical creativity resulted in an EP, ‘D!VERGE,’ containing 3 agitating songs with rousing melodies and a diverging Daft Punk cover.

In December 2018 Herwig, having been a part of Bellator for several years, re-enforced the band on keyboards, and in February 2019 Frederik was brought on board on drums for a more decisive live performance.

 

Fragmentum have in recent weeks completed an incredible tour throughout the USA with Finnish death-metal legends Children Of Bodom, from 30th March through to 7th April 2019. This was Fragmentum’s debut USA tour which received rave response and reviews from industry, fans and the whole touring team - setting the stage perfectly for the arrival of their debut full-length almost exactly one month later.

D!VERGE | EP
INFO

Released: 2017

  • Released via: Self-Released

  • Recorded at: MIDAS

  • Mixed by: Tony de Block | Fragmentum

  • Mastered by: Midas

  • Artwork by: Fragmentum

"December 2016 – January 2017 Fragmentum visited Studio MIDAS to record, mix and master their deput EP, resulting in the 4 songs containing EP D!VERGE."