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Immortal Guardian - "Lockdown" (video)

Ο δίσκος των Immortal Guardian "Psychosomatic"
We listen,
To their words of death
Then scream through little screens
Connected trapped
Inside the net living in prisons
We have never known

Lockdown! lockdown!
Through our darkest hour
Lockdown! lockdown!
Fear the invisible power
We ask,
Who here is to blame?
The fearful or the insane?
I guess now
We’re all the same
‘cause if you’re human
You’re in this game

There’ll come a time
We ask ourselves
Maybe a lockdown is a virus itself?
Did isolation save our lives?

Are we alone 'til we die?

Through our darkest hour!

Οι Immortal Guardian δημιουργήθηκαν στο Texas πριν από δώδεκα χρόνια. Αρέσκονται στο -Ευρωπαϊκού κυρίως τύπου- power metal κι αναφέρουν ως επιρροές συγκροτήματα όπως οι: Iron Maiden, Symphony X, Dream Theater, Helloween, Kamelot, Judas Priest, Rhapsody, Dragonforce, Avantasia, Angra, Tribe of Gypsies, Hibria, Edguy, Sonata Arctica, Children of Bodom, Into Eternity. Έχουν κυκλοφορήσει δύο demos, τρία EPs, ένα single κι έναν "ολοκληρωμένο" δίσκο ("Age of Revolution" 2018). Ο διάδοχός του τιτλοφορείται "Psychosomatic" κι αναμένεται στα μέσα Φεβρουαρίου...

Δελτίο τύπου: «After winning over new audiences with their acclaimed 2018 debut full-length “Age of Revolution” and touring relentlessly alongside fellow shredders such as Marty Friedman, Powerglove and Exmortus, Immortal Guardian gathered in Las Vegas earlier this year to begin recording their second album.

As the spread of COVID-19 and the subsequent pandemic began to ensue, each member of the band retreated to their respective hometowns. With shutdowns around the world being enforced, the band completely scrapped the record that they had been working on and were heavily inspired to write and create a new thematic record about their emotions surrounding current events.

“Psychosomatic” is a product of the extraordinary events of 2020. The result is a truly multi-national record, with guitarist/keyboardist Gabriel Guardian remaining in Las Vegas, vocalist Carlos Zema recording his vocals from his home in Brazil, new drummer Justin Piedimonte joining the band from his hometown in Montreal, Canada, and new bassist Joshua Lopez remaining in Immortal Guardian's native Texas.

The group - founded by Gabriel Guardian, whose uncanny ability to play guitar and keyboard simultaneously has been showcased on MTV's “Amazingness” and on his unique dual-instrument covers of classics by the likes of Iron Maiden, Pantera and Guns N' Roses that have garnered hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube - began building their following through multiple self-released EPs before signing with M-Theory Audio for the 2018 release of their first full-length record, “Age of Revolution”.

The band has also performed live alongside some of the biggest names in metal, including Judas Priest, Dragonforce, Kamelot, Symphony X, Sonata Arctica, Slayer, Metal Church, Soilwork and Steve Vai, and in countries such as Brazil and Russia, and during high-profile performances at ESPN's X Games, South By Southwest and the Fun Fun Fun Fest.

“Psychosomatic” is the next step in Immortal Guardian’s evolution while still capturing the band’s exhilarating trademark melding of melodic power metal with progressive/shred tendencies. More information about the album will be revealed in the weeks to come...»

Gabriel Guardian: «Rich or poor, it doesn't matter, every human this year experienced some kind of lockdown/isolation during this insane year. We couldn't even just meet up because our borders were on lockdown for international travel.

Thank god for the internet, as we were able to still create music and keep each other company online even with thousands of miles between each member. 'Lockdown' talks about all of the same questions we all have been asking ourselves since the start of the pandemic.

Where did this all come from? Who's to blame? Is the lockdown saving more lives than it's destroying? We can only keep making music through these crazy times and hope for a better tomorrow.»

Bio: «Founded by guitar/keyboardist Gabriel Guardian and previous drummer Cody Gilliland in their southern hometown of Harlingen, Texas, the group has gone through several lineup changes before reaching its current incarnation.

Original singer Wesley McCool departed in 2012 with Carlos Zema taking his place after moving from Brazil to the US for a short stint with OUTWORLD following his previous Brazilian projects, VOUGAN, and HEAVEN’S GUARDIAN. Past guitarists in the group include Jyro Alejo, featured on Super Metal and Revolution Part I EPs, and earlier members Mike Vidal and Levi Lumbreras.

Previous bassists include Jesse Chapa, and original writing member Foster Minor, featured on Super Metal and Revolution Part I. Thad Stevens replaced Foster Minor in 2015 after he left the band on good terms.

Drummer/Vocalist, and founding member, Cody Gilliland was replaced by Montreal based Justin Piedimonte after some unresolvable differences in mid 2019. Joshua Lopez who was the mixing engineer for Age of Revolution was brought in to replace Thad Stevens who parted ways with the band under good terms in early 2020.» 

Band: Immortal Guardian
Country of origin: United States
Location: Austin, Texas
Formed in: 2008
Genre: Power Metal
Years active: 2008-present

Video: "Lockdown"
Album: "Psychosomatic"
Type: Full length
Release date: February 12th, 2021
Label: M-Theory Audio
Format: CD, 12" vinyl, Digital

Track listing:
01. Psychosomatic
02. Read Between the Lines
03. Lockdown
04. Phobia
05. Clocks
06. Self-isolation
07. Goodbye to Farewells
08. Candlelight
09. Find a Reason
10. New Day Rising

Band members:
Carlos Zema - Vocals
Joshua Lopez - Bass
Gabriel "Guardian" Guardiola - Guitars, Keyboard
Justin Piedimonte - Drums

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