Immortal Guardian – Age of Revolution

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label URL: https://www.m-theoryaudio.com
Released: 2018
Buy Album: https://immortalguardian.bandcamp.com/album/age-of-revolution
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/igmetal/

Band line-up:

Carlos Zema – Vocals
Gabriel Guardian – Guitar/Keyboard
Cody Gilliand – Drums
Thad Stevens – Bass

Tracklisting:

1. Excitare
2. Zephon
3. Aeolian
4. Trail of Tears
5. Never to Return
6. Stardust
7. Hunters
8. Fall
9. State of Emergency
10. Awake

Review:

Immortal Guardian are a heavy metal band from America, and they will be releasing their debut album ‘Age of Revolution’ on September 28th. It features anthemic vocals, advanced rhythms and skilled shred guitar work. Prior to that, the band released two highly respected EPs called ’Revolution Part I’ and ‘Super Metal: Edition Z’, and they have the same awesome attributes as AoR. The band are so promising and talented, they’ve performed alongside heavy metal greats including Judas Priest, Dragonforce, Kamelot, Symphony X, Slayer and Steve Vai.

Part of the appeal of Guardian is the way they effortlessly blend so many styles together. With them, you get plenty of death/thrash metal machine gun kick drumming and blast beats, but they aren’t overused and instead are well placed to serve a more effective, less tiring adrenaline pumping purpose. Equally heavy guitars and dramatic neoclassical harmonies are also plentiful and whilst they are invigorating, they are also sophisticated. In the slower tracks of the music, soft and slightly jazzy keyboards in the background serve the purpose of relaxing the listener (relatively speaking), only for the band to get him going again with the trademark craziness in following songs. The music is a real rollercoaster. When the keys play in the fast parts, they also add a sense of depth and intrigue to the whole experience.

Whilst the variety in this album admirable, it does suffer from a lot of cliches. The Yngwie style lead parts are fun for a while, but as they are based on going up and down scales and arpeggios in sequences a little too much, they can get boring. In contrast, legendary guitarist Stevie Via can play at incredible speeds, but he also plays with the feeling, creativity and theoretical knowledge that Guardian leads are mostly somewhat lacking in. Some of IG’s best playing is arguably in the bluesy outro section of ‘Never To Return’. There’s no shame in playing slowly and with heartfelt emotion, even in a metal band. These guys prove it works and should have done it more.

In conclusion, this is power metal style music that is somewhat typical with all the theatrics from the musicians. Unfortunately, it is often more about dazzling the listener with technical ability, rather than with music theory and the gentler lead parts should have been expanded upon, for the sake of variety and innovation. The detuned guitars and rampant drumming that is often heard do give the genre some much needed modernising, however. These people don’t copy others so much it’s impossible to tell them apart from others and because of that and all of the highlights brought up earlier, this album is definitely worth buying. It doesn’t have the catchiness of Hammerfall, but it does compete with bands like them.

Review by Simon Wiedemann

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