In December, 1982, amid the Westring housing projects of
working-class Mainz-Mombach, Germany, a group of young men decided
to launch what was to become a musical trademark to the hard rock
and heavy metal underground scene of the Rhein-Main area during
the 1980s, 90s and beyond:
Fracture. Mombeach Metal.
Frowned upon by a plethora of blues and granola musicians as well
as by conventional critics, the band in its first phase that
lasted until 1989 did lots of creative songwriting, produced some
demos and regularly filled (up) local school gyms, youth centers
With the eighties gone and most original band members dispersing
into ulterior regions, Fracture’s
personnel changed radically, soon leaving only Redeemer
(temporarily referred to as Lt. Fred Fist by the media) and, until
1994, McFerguson as the last remaining founding members. The new
line-up lost most of its independent and unpredictable Mombeach
mantra and instead developed into a professional-sounding hair
metal act reminiscent of international competition like Accept,
Krokus, Killer and the British Steel-era Judas Priest.
During that period, which lasted from 1990 through 2007, acclaim
by several underground critics was high and live venues became
bigger and were in a greater radius than in the past. The band
self-produced three complete albums yet still remained in the
underground, never being offered a major record deal – a situation
that hasn’t changed until the present day.
After a nine-year hiatus, Fracture in
2016 resuscitated itself in the original eighties format and
musical orientation. Redeemer, The Smiler, Professor Steel,
Dr. Destruction and Hammer again delivered that naked Mombeach
metal from the early days. With founding member turned senior
McFerguson watching in the wings, the acting members of
Fracture once again transported to their
audiences what it means to grow up breathing in the industrial
aromas of Nestle, Westring, Degussa and Zwerchallee while hearing
U.S. tanks rolling in the forbidden zones separating Mombach from
neighboring districts on the other side of the tracks.
In 2017 Fracture self-released their
six-track comeback EP Mombach, followed
by their next opus Westring in April 2019.
The latter's release show saw the men's final reunion with
McFerguson to make Mombach great again.
Virtually all of 2020 had the men prepare their upcoming
longplayer Polygon, which is to be
released in 2022. While abandoning stages,
Fracture went full throttle behind the
scenes. En route, their first two EPs were constantly selling all
over Europe. Fracture returned to the
live circus with an epic open-air show in mid-2021 presenting
first portions of brand-new material. The world is holding its
breath, eagerly awaiting Polygon!
In June 2022, Fracture embarked on their
"40 Years of Law and Order" World Tour, starting
with a gigantic open-air show in the heart of the city
of Mainz. The European leg of the tour is currently scheduled
through the end of the year and already spotlighting the band's
forthcoming album Polygon - prepraing
the crowds for what's to come.
To be continued...