Shards, the fourth album release by Gene Pool Zombie is an album based on the rich fantasy world created by Roy Mauritsen in his epic fairy tale novel, 'Shards of the Glass Slipper'. Mirroring the novel, the songs in this album portray the struggles, betrayals, burdens to bear, redemption and hope found in the story. Each song portrays a key character in the novel and is Gene Pool Zombie's interpretation of the drama that each character faces. Just as in the novel, this album is epic in nature. It is structured in four distinct sections: Prologue, Journey, Warrior and Myth. Each song, both in it's section and the album as a whole, is woven together with distinct motifs and compositional structures thereby creating a musical tapestry as rich as the story it accompanies. Gene Pool Zombie hopes that you find this album as exciting a journey as they had in creating it. From the Author, Roy Mauritsen - 'When Gene Pool Zombie first approached me for their fourth album they wanted to base it off my upcoming novel, I was honored to say the least. That, and a little curious as to how they would interpret this fairy tale themed story I wrote. Now, several months later, I'm listening to the final mastered tracks and I stand truly humbled. It's been an incredible journey in between, and I'm eternally grateful to have been part of the process. But moreso I'm proud that my novel will be forever associated with this incredible album from such talented and creative musicians (and all around great bunch of people). A sincere thank you for your magnificent efforts.'