About two years ago, Shattered Sun reached a crossroads.
The heavy metal sextet from Alice, Texas, which frontman Marcos Leal formed during 2005, had released some EPs and built a regional following. But, as guitarist Daniel Trejo, 29, notes by phone, "After a certain point of playing so many shows and doing so many things that a local band could do, we were kind of faced with a decision of welter or not we were gonna really pursue this 100 percent or we were gonna give up and just work in the oil fields -- which is pretty much what it's like where we're from."
Trejo, Leal and their mates chose Option A and haven't looked back since. The group signed a management deal with Breaking Bands LLC, a team that includes Exodus' Chuck Billy. Shattered Sun also wound up with a national deal for its debut album, "Hope Within Hatred," and a full slate of touring that included this year's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, a package with Testament and Exodus and another trek with Soulfly, Soilwork and Decapitated.
"It's a little surreal sometimes," Leal, 28, says of his band's good fortune. "Sometimes we have to pinch ourselves to see if it's really happening. It really is a dream come true, and it's all happening before our eyes. And there's a lot to be said about that 'cause it's been a really long journey."
Shattered Sun's agenda now, of course, is to maintain the momentum. The tour with Soulfly goes through Nov. 20, and Shattered Sun is hatching plans for what to do next, whether it's being part of another high-profile package or possibility some low-level headlining on its own.
"We're getting an opportunity to do something special here, to do something most bands at our stage don't get to do," Leal says. "So while there's that, 'Holy...look where we're at!' thing, we also know that, 'Hey, this is your chance. Get to work and really make the most of this 'cause this is how we make a name for ourselves.'
"So there's definitely a sense of achievement but also a feeling in the band that we've really got to buckle down and make a name for ourselves."
Soulfly, Soilwork, Decapitated and Shattered Sun
Monday, Oct. 19. Doors open at 6 p.m.
The Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac.
Tickets are $28.
Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.
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