Written by Alex Stojanovic
Bled For You
Shades Of Melodie
Until It Breaks
Where My Heart Belongs
Letters To The Grave
Never Looking For Tomorrow
SHATTERED SUN IS:
Marcos Leal - Vocals
Joseph Guajardo - Bass
Henry Garza - Keyboards & backing vocals
Jessie Santos - Lead guitars
Sebastian Elizondo - Rhythm guitars & backing vocals
Juan "PB" Hinojosa - Drums
With this new album, the first thing that I noticed is that the guitars are in a lower tuning compared to the previous two albums. Now here's a little quiz for you all? When it comes to the melodic vocals, who does Marcos Leal strongly resemble? Any guesses? Well, to me, his melodic vocals sound very much akin to Lajon Witherspoon of Sevendust. There are also many moments in the music where it sounds very Sevendust-esque. Some of the record's highlights include "Bled For You", "Eternal" and "Where My Heart Belongs". All the aforementioned tracks have big hook guaranteed to stick in your head for a long time. Marcos Leal was also not afraid to let his personal side out. "Letters To The Grave" is a touching tribute to his grandfather, where he talks about writing letters to his grandfather after he died when he was 12 years old and taking them to his grave. For him, it was a way of still communicating with him even though he wasn't there anymore. You can't help but shed a tear or two while listening to it.
The album overall was a good listen, but it honestly wasn't something that blew my mind or got me salivating and craving for more. I usually don't like low-tuned guitars, but there are some exceptions. I just find that low tunings have been overdone by a lot of modern bands. Being the big fan of harmonies that I am, I thought that the guitar and vocal harmonies really stood out in the songs. If you loved Hope Within Hatred and The Evolution Of Anger, then I'm sure you'll love Bled For You.
Highs: "Bled For You", "Eternal" and "Where My Heart Belongs"
Lows: The low tunings on the guitars.