Texas melodic metal sextet Shattered Sun burst onto the scene in 2016 with the release of their debut full-length album, Hope Within Hatred – debuting at #1 on the CMJ Loud Rock charts, Top 20 on the iTunes Metal chart and Top 50 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. In the same year, the band scored a coveted spot on the biggest touring festival in rock and metal music history, the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. After completing tours with artists like Testament, Exodus, Soilwork, Soulfly and Scar Symmetry and additional performances at Welcome to Rockville Festival and New England Metal & Hardcore Festival, the band continued proving their potency in 2018 on the legendary Vans Warped Tour – cementing their status as one of the breakout success stories in rising metal at the time.
Then suddenly that year, Shattered Sun vocalist Marcos Leal received news about his greatest gift yet – he and his partner Michelle would welcome their first child, a daughter. This, in addition to other band members expanding their own families and experiencing significant life changes, lead to a brief hiatus for the group.
Now, Shattered Sun have returned with a refreshed line-up (including new members Sebastian Elizondo of Darkness Divided and Juan “PB” Hinojosa of Shaping the Legacy and formerly of Upon a Burning Body), new music and a matured sound, without sacrificing the roots of the melodic metal that put their name on the map. Today, the band is thrilled to reveal their first new music to impact in three years, a heavy-yet-heartfelt track entitled “Shades of Melodie”, written for and dedicated to Marcos Leal’s baby daughter, Melodie.
“Shades of Melodie” premiered this morning via Corpus Christi, TX commercial rock station C101, and right now, its coinciding music video – filmed and directed by Matthew Guajardo.
Vocalist Marcos Leal says about the song, “This song is particularly special to me given it’s about my daughter Melodie. It’s safe to say that becoming a father changes a man – it becomes your every living and dying breath to be the guide and protector to your child. I know a lot of people can relate to the message of this song and I’m excited for you all to get a taste of the new era of Shattered Sun!”
Guitarist and backing vocalist Jessie Santos adds, “After a short-lived hiatus, I’m pleased to show our devoted followers a reborn Shattered Sun with an album soon to be released and music video showcasing our first single. Heartfelt, heavy music awaits those who have stood by our side.”