"People are fed up and I am certainly fed up," barks Marcos Leal, vocalist for SHATTERED SUN. The raw, loud, unapologetic and honest front-man connects the dots on all things vexing him, from the bands near-implosion to the worldwide state of affairs. Although not a politically imposed band of brothers, it's blue collar heavy metal with a message and it's something this Texas army continue to amplify with both muscle and skill.
"We almost burned this band to the ground internally," admits Leal. Guitarist Daniel Trejo decided to leave the band in late 2015, just as the bands demons came out to haunt them before creating The Evolution Of Anger. "Between all the things we have done over the years, things came to the surface and we didn't even know if we were going to have a record," Leal continues. "Once Daniel came back into the fold, the first song he showed me was "Burn it Down," a perfect reflection of what occurred within SHATTERED SUN. "It instantly clicked, I added my lyrical exorcism and told him we have to fight harder than ever. We aren't guaranteed so many shots at this, and it took us almost breaking up to understand that." Drummer Robert Garza adds, "Just going into the recording of the album, there was a lot of negative changes for me personally so I channelled those emotions into every damn time I smacked those drums."
Their critically acclaimed debut, Hope Within Hatred, was released in April 2015 and went on to be heralded by Metal Hammer as an album "that'd give Dream Theatre a run," and "a reigning sensory overload" by Blabbermouth. The album came just as SHATTERED SUN was in the middle of the 'Dark Roots Of Thrash Tour,' directly supporting Exodus and Testament. The band continued forging fire to the stage at numerous summer festivals, the entire 2015 Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, the 'We Sold Our Souls For Metal Tour' with Soulfly and Soilwork, followed by more festivals and other lengthy runs with Ill Nino, Scar Symmetry, Arsis and other metal giants.
Manager and Testament front-man Chuck Billy has guided the band for the past three years. "I was very impressed by their drive and attitude about what they want to accomplish in this business. The world will know who SHATTERED SUN are after this new music hits the streets."
"Our fans will love this 'evolution,' it's what everyone has been living around for the past three years in what's going on with the world, let alone how heavy music makes an individual feel. Anger and hate are the match and we are the gasoline," scoffs Leal with his Texan vigor. Bringing a new vibe and authority into a shaky situation, producer Mark Lewis (Devil Driver, Fallujah) set up shop in the bands hometown in early 2017 to begin pre-production. Originally with twenty six songs written for the album, SHATTERED SUN huddled around each other and began structuring what would become The Evolution Of Anger. Guitarist Jessie Santos adds, "Mark brought a sound to the band that we didn't think we were capable of," while bassist Joseph Guarjardo concurs, "Mark really opened our eyes to the potential each member has creating music. Many might think we were aiming towards a more radio friendly album, and we did the exact opposite. We went heavy, fast, with hooks throughout the entire album and I can't wait for our fans and new fans to hear it."
Marcelo Vasco, who has inked iconic album art for Slayer, Machine Head, Kreator and dozens of others, was called to the plate by SHATTERED SUN to depict the band's turmoil on the cover. "I explained to him the message behind the album and he came back with this labyrinth and maze that goes nowhere, perfectly giving the meaning that we are all lost in this anger," blurts Leal. "You enter one way but never leave. You never find what you're looking for, you just keep losing yourself and eventually it changes who you are. It's infinite like a terminal disease. I love how an album cover can show all that meaning."
SHATTERED SUN's first tour in support of The Evolution Of Anger finds them joining the 2017 Vans Warped Tour beginning July 26 outside of St. Louis, MO, and rounding out the tour on its final date in Pomona, CA on August 6. Fall tour details will be announced soon.
The Evolution Of Anger will hit the world on July 21, 2017.
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