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Guardsman - "The Entropy Illusion - Part 1" (album stream)

Ο δίσκος των Guardsman "The Entropy Illusion - Part 1"
Band: Guardsman
Country of origin: United States
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Formed in: 2016
Genre: Heavy Metal
Years active: 2016-present

Album: "The Entropy Illusion - Part 1"
Type: Full length
Release date: November 6th, 2018
Label: Independent
Format: CD, Digital

Band members:
Rob Harwood - Drums
Leo Garcia - Guitars
Steve Harwood - Guitars, Vocals
Carlos Valencia - Bass

Miscellaneous staff:
Steve Harwood - Producer, Engineering, Mixing, Mastering
Rob Harwood - Producer, Cover art

Δελτίο τύπου: «"The Entropy Illusion - Part 1" features 11 tracks totaling over one hour of music. This release expands on the band's heavy yet melodic style established in their 2015 demo, "The Awakening". Incorporating a little more of a prog and even power metal influence (including some orchestral elements), "The Entropy Illusion - Part 1" is a logical next step in the band's quest to fuse the intensity of old-school thrash with the grandeur of epic and melodic prog music.

While not strictly a "concept album", the majority of the songs weave in and out of the central theme of free will versus determinism, of how much control each person really has over individual actions and circumstances. Throughout the album, the lyrics tell stories of people striving to assert control over their own destinies, facing battles with external forces and with their own inner demons, sometimes prevailing and sometimes succumbing to fate.

From a musical aspect, the album showcases a wide variety of moods. Songs such as “Into the Blue” tap into the band's lighter and more melodic side, while tracks like “Dark Days Ahead” and "Hell's Back Door" cast a much heavier tone. The album even features a bit of a humorous twist, including a 12-minute instrumental entitled "F*%& the Logo, Let's Reclaim Erebor!" as well as an homage to the band's influences in the form of “Earn Your Shield” (which consists of lyrics made up almost entirely of band names and song titles).

"The Entropy Illusion" is an ambitious example of Guardsman's DIY spirit, with every aspect of the album (from recording and mixing to album art and logo design) produced entirely by the band. By taking control of the entire production process, the band was able to establish and maintain a clear vision from start to finish.

Part 2 of the album, set to release in 2019, will feature the title track, “The Entropy Illusion”, a 40+minute magnum opus split into multiple sections that take the listener on an epic journey through a vast array of musical passages and themes. Fans can expect even further forays into the world of progressive and orchestral ideas, while retaining the old-school metal edge that is quickly becoming the staple of Guardsman's signature sound. The band is scheduled to begin tracking Part 2 in November and December, 2018.»

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