The often cold climate of Minneapolis, Minnesota plays home to Scream at the Sun. Spend one winter in the Twin Cities and one can almost picture the quintet hurling rage at the burning star in a “why have thou forsaken me” cry to its hot plasma radiance. Perhaps it is the absence of this warmth gives Scream at the Sun it’s often dark, raw and edgy sound.
Recently frontman and vocalist Clint Howry stopped by Metalholic Radio to talk about the band and their debut album “Chant of the Misanthropic“. The band coalesced around Howry and guitarist Matt Johnson. The two have been major components of many of other prominent local bands. The seeds that would begin the germination of Scream at the Sun began as writing project for the two:
“We had some songs we needed to get out of our heads,” shared Howry. “We ended up incorporating the help of a couple of my ex-bandmates from Gracepoint, Sam Van Moer and Stefan Radzilowski. And we got the drummer from Solna, Zane Peterson. We recorded the album, and shortly after that it started garnering some interest. So we put together a live band with Kevin Lindow beating the shit out of the drums. We got Tom Brown slapping the bass, and Wayne Peloquin who is our guitarist extraordinaire. Of course Matt Johnson who’s lead and rhythm. and myself doing the vocals. We’re just doing what we can. Putting the live show together and we’re going to go out and rip some heads off.”
Scream at the Sun‘s sound doesn’t fit nicely into any particular sub-genre. Their signature embodies elements of many styles. Some of Howry’s biggest influences in recent years include Life of Agony‘s “River Runs Red” album, and bands like Kyuss, Acid Bath and Lamb of God. But he and Scream at the Sun remains rooted in the classics: The band’s foundation lies in the pilgrimage of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Black Sabbath. “You can’t talk about metal without talking about Sabbath,” asserts Howry.
You can listen to our full conversation below and discover more about Clint and Scream at the Sun. You can also get a taste of “Chant of the Misanthropic” below.