This is an unexpectedly mature offering from Shattered Sun. The visuals are emotionally stirring. A compelling storyline keeps the viewer tightly engaged. The gloomy conclusion is far from satisfactory but that’s the way life is.
Shattered Sun has reached a higher orbit. A hard working act established back in 2005. This is a group that has paid their dues. Releasing four EPs: Lost Cause (2006), Endless Struggle (2007), Through Ashes (2009) and Confessions (2012), before signing with Victory Records and releasing their highly acclaimed debut effort, Hope Within Hatred (2015).
A high energy strike that capitalizes on a unique mixture of heavy metal, metalcore and thrash metal. Shattered Sun offers a highly addictive attack that rarely pumps the brakes. “Burn It Down” is the first visual offering for the band’s latest effort, The Evolution of Anger, due out later this month via Victory Records.
The video opens with a water faucet running and a woman seemingly relaxing in a bathtub but quickly switches to menacing images of the band rocking out. Night shots of the group playing their instruments surrounded by fire. It’s a backyard banquet of metal but what we assume to be a performance offering quickly dissolves into something more.
The plot line of this video is tragic. Break-up turned break-down, a seemingly ill-fated loss supersedes all, including family. A shattered woman, contemplating suicide, ignores a text from her child. Taking hardship to the next level, we follow the final hours of her demise.
The visuals are powerful and filled with an ironic symbolism. The burning candle falling in the water serves as a reminder of how fragile life really is. A plaque proclaiming “These violent delights have violent ends” can be seen as the woman gives up, pouring gasoline on the clothing and other memories throughout her bedroom. The book of matches she uses brandishes the saying “A Match Made in Heaven” and bears the name of the lost couple. I especially love the ending when the woman drops the match. The colors begin to swoon as the film we’re watching is consumed by fire. Life has been brought to a tragic end.
This is an unexpectedly mature offering from Shattered Sun. The visuals are emotionally stirring. A compelling storyline keeps the viewer tightly engaged. The gloomy conclusion is far from satisfactory but that’s the way life is. Sometimes, there is no joyful ending. Release seldom offers a clear-cut resolution.
Shattered Sun have struck a defiant cord with this lament. Check out “Burn it Down” and experience this superbly crafted offering for yourself. \m/
Shattered Sun are:
- Joseph Guajardo – Bass
- Henry Garza – Keyboards
- Jessie Santos – Guitars
- Robert Garza – Drums
- Daniel Trejo – Guitars
- Marcos Leal – Vocals