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Texas Metalheads “Shattered Sun” Rock Jacksonville


Shattered Sun - Photo by Leon Jonjock
Shattered Sun – Photo by Leon Jonjock

 

Reflections on Shattered Sun at Welcome To Rockville

HappyJack shares his thoughts on one of his favorite new discoveries from Welcome To Rockville.
 

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This 2 day event has sold out two years in a row with major acts headlining four different stages throughout the event.  Jacksonville is truly becoming a destination rock ‘n roll city in terms of music acts coming thru town. And, this festival show is really cool, everyone is happy to be there, and it’s a great atmosphere.

I showed my access pass at the gate and got to work making tracks for stage left with my cameras to film the bands on my hit list. Later that night I would be escorted to the V.I.P. tent to do interviews with a few bands and snap a few backstage photos, but the non-headliners early in the day are usually just as great.

A couple of cool young rock bands started off the day, on each of the 4 stages, with fans packing into each stage area to see them playing up closer. After a few bands, the wind changed, …the storm was brewing, …on the stage in front of me was an instant uplift of power chords! Who is this new discovery, I wondered, as they kicked teeth with dual lead rhythm guitarists, blistering fingers with every note , and a dual-voiced singer growling one moment and changing his attitude and sound the next?

I looked up from my position in front of the stage, and saw dark movements streak across my frame of reference, and then i focused in on the blur. The blur was a band called SHATTERED SUN, a Texas Metal Band, and they were on fire right off the bat. I was immediately digging it. These guys pounded away on their instruments in a frenzied pace that would wear most other bands out in 30 seconds – speed and power chords!

The music is Texas Metal, a genre that has been getting a lot of attention the past couple years as the new metal sound people thirst for. I also did a show review for another Texas metal band last year for this magazine, SEEKER – so, I know what i’m talking about. Texas was rising this night in Jacksonville Florida, and I couldn’t be happier.

Members: Marcos Leal – Vocals, Twitter: @marcos_ssun; Daniel Trejo – Guitar, Twitter: @daniel_ssun;  Jessie Santos – Guitar, Twitter: @shatteredjessie; Joseph Guajardo – Bass, Twitter: @joseph_guajardo; Robert Garza – Drums, Twitter: @CrasRob; Henry Garza – Keys/Samples, Twitter: @henrygarza29.
 

Shattered Sun - Photo by Leon Jonjock
Shattered Sun – Photo by Leon Jonjock

 
These were the guys who were stirring up trouble at breakneck speed. The mosh pit was loaded with kids slamming into each other and having a blast as the band ran thru all of their coolest hits: “Hope within Hatred,” Awaken” and “Burning Regrets” along with some heavy, heavy songs that are ten feet thick with a wall of sound that you can’t turn away from.

The band is being featured in many festivals this year as the favorite – to open the shows for the major acts, but for how much longer? It won’t be long at all – they are getting too big to open anymore, and soon we’ll see them a as headliner like Testament and Slayer, the bands they are opening for this night.  These guys are coming out swinging with both fists, with very heavy riffs.

These guys showed Jacksonville fans that they came to play – a great brotherhood of musicians, each member with their skills to be in this year’s up and coming fresh faces in metal music – TEXAS METAL MUSIC!   I was energized hearing this metal band. As an Iron Maiden fan, and no band has come close to awakening my senses since I consumed Maiden’s first album in 1980. But this band has opened not only my eyes, and all the fans in attendance, but to industry reps.  The guys are young enough to build a dream come true – this band is another pick for me.
 

 
Check out the new album from the band and get involved with our brothers in heavy metal – SHATTERED SUN will definitely make your day. Love metal? Love melody?   Get this album in your collection as soon as you can – you’ll be glad you did – it rocks, ….just like the showcase performance from the band at Welcome To Rockville. They were a great surprise on the stage for the fans.

Thanks to the band’s management for the access and to the band for the experience. We will be waiting for your return. We do Metal!  See many great stories from all of our writers – just click a favorite topic and enjoy the stories…

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I’ll be back soon,
HappyJack
Leon Jonjock
RARASFARM.COM
92.1 FM Radio
Jacksonville ,Florida

 

Seeker’s Texas Death Metal Destroys Jacksonville

SEEKER – Concert Review

HappyJack is back and hoping all our friends had a great holiday season!

I have been busy pushing hours on my radio shows here in Jacksonville. And truthfully – I have been itching at the chance to see some metal bands. Lately it’s been pop music all around town – and only one rock station…

I got the call for SEEKER, a very powerful, rib-crunching, Texas death metal band whose new album, Unloved was released in late October to great worldwide reviews and found the band dubbed “Best new metal band to watch!” Having heard a sample of their offerings last year, I was excited to see they were coming to Jacksonville.

Victory Records just signed these guys and they are already opening for major acts; bands like White Chapel, Stray from the Path, and Impending Doom.

Remember Z Rock? An old Texas radio station that played only the best music in Metal back in the 80’s and 90’s? I miss those guys, those bands, those days from my youth. A time that was fresh and exciting. Texas has always been a hotbed for good guitarists and musicians. As a big fan of Texas death metal, I was excited to see SEEKER, a band that would deserve Z Rock airtime.

All the members were looking like they were focused on bringing a good show to Jacksonville, and they were very interactive with each other – a well-oiled machine. These guys really seem to gel so well for being together only a few years, and with new members.

Lead Singer Bryce Lucien was great on vocals, with screams louder than Rob Halford of Judas Priest. Bass player Chris Keasler was always jamming, pounding out solid rib-rattling chords throughout. Guitarist Justin Edgerton was strong, too, and offered up finger playing with that distinctive Texas style that had people rocking. The backbone of the band was Dustin Weaver, a maniac percussionist with a mission to conquer everyone in the room.

At this show, held at the old “Imperial Lounge,” now known around Jacksonville as “The Atticus Bar,” the band was an instant hit when the lights went out and they hit the stage. They carried themselves like a major act featuring bombastic sounds that fans hunger for, with catchy riffs, high energy, and screams that metal-heads love to hear.

The metalheads were in complete force, with 6 foot 6 guys wearing combat boots, just waiting for anyone to even act like they had a problem with them being there. Tattoos everywhere and crazy pircings, I saw half dollar wooden coins that the dudes had cut into their earlobes. An interesting crowd; all there to see their favorite new Death Metal Band, SEEKER!

SEEKER - Photo by Leon Jonjock
SEEKER – Photo by Leon Jonjock

They instantly had an active pit that circled the floors all night. Fans swinging their arms as wild and as fierce as they could; anyone in a 12 foot circle would get smashed. The pit was full of hot blooded dudes who were hell bent on pounding someone… anyone. The legs were kicking in the air, in the dark, in the light, all night long; definitely a very high energy crowd.

I had to dodge a few kicks that came my way, and just to be safe, cradled my expensive cameras close to my chest. As each song ended, everyone outside the pit was relieved – for a split second – then the next song started and grabbed you by the throat and demanded your complete attention.

We do not get enough good quality Metal music anymore – most bands sound redundant, and this was a welcome change. SEEKER, new metal Texas Hotshots have the goods and really put on a great show. I left the club very satisfied, with a few cool photos, and a killer new CD to jam to. When I get to practice these songs on my drums, it’s going to be so much fun.

I can’t wait till they come back through in a year or two – one really great show. I got my metal mojo a workin. Now, you need to grab the new CD; and bang your head all day.

Thanks to the band, management, Victory Records and Rarasfarm.com for making this possible.

I’ll be back with another cool concert review and exclusive photo shots soon – right here on RARASFARM.COM – the coolest music site on the planet. Until then, hang in there and stay warm, and grab the headphones!

HappyJack
Jacksonville
92.1FM