IMMORTAL GUARDIAN really impressed me with their positive and life enforcing metal. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for your new album?
-Just like the famous words of the late James Brown: I feel good! (Gabriel Guardian)
We are very happy with the sound of the new record and feel it’s our strongest release yet. Our good friend and master engineer Joshua Lopez at WidowMaker Studios really helped us achieve the heaviness we were searching for and we can’t wait for the listeners to experience this record in its entirety. (Immortal Guardian)
I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
-The name came from a brainstorming session we had at a pizza joint years ago when the band was just starting. We basically had a pool of words that we would approve of having in our band name, and we came up with Immortal Guardian. (Gabriel Guardian)
-To me the band name represents an immortal entity that is always on the defence, keeping balance and order against the evil powers that be. Making sure that, we the people, persevere without further injustice.A lot of people think that the band was named after the founder Gabriel Guardian (guitar/keyboardist), but our fans started saying Gabriel’s last name as “Guardian” because it was so close to his real last name “Guardiola” and I guess it was also easier to remember. He just rolled with it and started calling himself that after Immortal Guardian had already been around for a few years. (Carlos Zema)
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-It is a very special feeling to know that fans around the world are excited to hear our new ideas. We are incredibly grateful for everyone that has followed us this far on our journey and supported all the different styles we’ve morphed into. (Gabriel Guardian)
-Lately we been really listening to our fans and their opinions about our sound so we can give them more of what they want. This album we heard our fans calls so we are definitely giving them heavier tunes, more screaming vox, shred solos, and a serious concept they can relate to. (Carlos Zema)
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-We prefer our music and performance to be the main representation of the band. Right now we’re pretty much just being ourselves and focusing on the music, the videos, and the LIVE show we’re wanting to deliver to our fans. I don’t think we’ll ever put on masks, wear makeup or face paint, but we’d love to have a fully themed theatrical stage show in the future and that could give way to a more defined image for the band. We’ll have to wait and see. (Immortal Guardian)
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-It is crucial to have the right artwork. It is the first thing people will see before they hear it. I loved growing up buying some of my favorite bands albums and getting lost in the artwork they had especially when it had themes of songs. (Carlos Zema)
-Carlos Zema, our singer, made this album’s artwork and we are blown away by the incredible detail he put into it. Every piece of the album cover has a very rich meaning to it. You can look at from afar as one thing or get lost in all the close details. Make sure to check out our new lyric video for our single, “Zephon” where you get an interactive look at the artwork in all it’s heavy metal glory! (Gabriel Guardian)
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a downside to it too?
-Social media has definitely been a blessing for this band. Gabriel Guardian dove head first into the social media game when YouTube and Facebook was coming out by making all his dual shred guitar/keyboard cover videos. That opened doors we never could’ve imagined and it wouldn’t have been possible without the internet and it’s long reaching arms around the world. (Carlos Zema)
-Many bands might argue that social media is bad thing or “not very metal” but we think that if you utilize right, it can make a small band successful overnight with just one viral video or song etc. Always use these tools around you because there is a whole world of people that would love your band but they just haven’t found you YET. (Gabriel Guardian)
When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
-Absolutely. Somebody recently asked me in an interview what I would be doing with my life if I wasn’t doing music and I honestly couldn’t answer the question. At this point life without music, is living without life. (Gabriel Guardian)
-It’s so cool to go anywhere in the world and see a random metal head in public and get this instant feeling that you’re somehow brothers/sisters of a big metal family. You don’t have to know each other, but when you meet a fellow metalhead it’s an instant connection. (Carlos Zema)
When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
-Living in Austin, TX as a band is a blessing! This city has such a very united metal scene and we are very grateful for it. Everybody treats each other with so much respect. (Carlos Zema)
-Each city has its own vibe and we think the health of the metal scene is also determined by the local/regional promoters and booking agents bringing the bands to their area. Some promoters do a great job of and others sadly rely on the bands to do it for them. Success can be found one way or another but it’s great when the bands and the businesses work together because everyone wins, especially the fans. (Immortal Guardian)
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?*
-We have toured around a few times in the states and look forward to doing much more with this new album. We have even been to Russia and Brazil for shows in the past so getting out of the borders is something we love to do. Everything we have done up til this record was DIY with no label. It was definitely challenging booking our own international shows but not impossible. (Immortal Guardian)
What will the future bring?
-We are hoping to get a great response on the new record and are ready to do some national and international touring in support of it. We also have a brand new laser light show programmed by our very own Gabriel Guardian to go with the new live show! Our goal is to be the modern day Pink Floyd of heavy metal by mixing impactful music and lyrics with incredible visuals and performance. Make sure you catch us when we’re touring through your city and make sure to pick up our new album, Age of Revolution, out via M-Theory Audio on September 28, 2018! (Immortal Guardian)