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Revolution Part 1
Released: 2015, Independent
Bursting out of San Antonio, Texas, Immortal Guardian comes to us from the young mind of Gabriel Guardiola, a guitarist/keyboardist making a name for himself with his skills…not the least of which is an ability to play both instruments at the same time (!). Impressive as that is, it’s a gimmick, and it’s the songs that need to stand up to scrutiny if the band is going to really make an impact.
Well, after releasing a debut EP in 2012 called SUPER METAL, Guardiola took a good step forward by bringing in ex-David Shankle Group vocalist Carlos Zema to sing on this EP. Zema’s voice is very strong and is all over REVOLUTION PART 1, really giving Immortal Guardian the classic one-two punch of awesome guitarist and vocalist. As for the music, the five songs presented here are pure dynamic power metal, heavily leaning towards Rhapsody (of fire). It’s professional, it’s catchy, and it’s damn entertaining, particularly for such a young band. The five songs are anthemic, with my particular favorites being the speedy tracks (“Beyond the Skies”, “Immortal”, and “Victory Shore”). The other two are slower, “Walk Alone” being a riffy mid-paced stomper, while “Between Fire and Ice” is the token ballad (but actually quite good).
There’s really nothing else to say about this EP; it’s the perfect introduction to Immortal Guardian’s music and I can’t wait to see where they go from here. Power metal fans need to check this out!
1) Beyond the Skies
2) Walk Alone
4) Between Fire and Ice
5) Victory Shore
Carlos Zema: Vocals
Gabriel Guardiola: Guitar, Keyboards
Thad Stevens: Bass
Cody Gilliland: Drums
Roy Z.: Guest Guitar on “Immortal”
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