A group of six men from Alice pushed against the odds and made their musical dream a reality. Many frowned at the band and others doubted them, but now they are out to prove them wrong.
After years of trying, the band became a success and have been asked to participate in the 40th anniversary celebration of C101 in Corpus Christi along with Sons of Texas at Brewster Street Ice House on Aug. 17.
Shattered Sun made up of guitarist Daniel Trejo, drummer Robert Garza and vocalist Marcos Leal, and with the additions of bassist Joseph Guajardo, keyboardist Henry Garza, and guitarist Jessie Santos are poised to dominate the heavy metal scene.
Leal, a native of Alice, attributes the band's success to C101. “They were the first radio station to pick up the group and play our songs,” he stated. “It's a huge, huge honor to be part of their 40th anniversary.”
Shattered Sun reflects the roots of their Southern backdrop, infusing state-of-the-art metal, and created Hope Within Hatred, their debut album via Victory Records. Most heavy metal music focuses on negativity and angst, but Shattered Sun's lyrics are about hope and positivity.
“We grew up listening to Metallica and Pantera,” Leal said. “I was 6-years old head-banging in my room and at 13 I was singing with a comb. It's what we always wanted to do. But we never thought it would happen.”
The Texas six-piece is a remarkable example of hard work and determination, coming a long way from their industrious origins.
“Our music is about hard work and dedication, something we learned living in Alice,” Leal stated. “Our first song on the album is called Ultimatum. It's for all the people who said we couldn't do it and for all the people who are in the same situation we were in.”
Helping the band create the album was producer Robert Beltran, who produced the band’s 2011 release, Confessions, again at Precision Studio in Corpus Christi. The emergence of Shattered Sun may seem sudden, but the release of Hope Within Hatred has been in the making for nearly three years.
“We’re a band that thrives on our live shows. We’ve never really been too theatrical, it’s more about the energy. We love to get the audience pumped up, get aggressive and in the crowd’s face,” Leal said.
In 2014, SHATTERED SUN signed with Breaking Bands LLC, the powerhouse management team led by Adrenaline PR CEO Maria Ferrero, Megaforce Records founder Jon Zazula (known for launching the careers of Metallica and Anthrax), and Chuck Billy, the voice of legendary thrash titans Testament. The band signed with Victory Records shortly after and the rest is about to make history.
Shattered Sun now hangs out with the “untouchable Gods” and are proud to call them friends.
The band will be touring with headliners Scar Symmetry, Arsis and Painted In Exile in September.
Recently the band performed for their Alice fans during the Calaveras Rally in June.
“It's great to go home. When we are home we visit with family and go into rest mode,” Leal stated.
Leal invites the public to Brewster Street Ice House for the C101 celebration which starts at 7 p.m.