Etant une personne normale (enfin le vrai nouveau sens du mot « normale »), je me baladais sur youtube pour écouter de la musique. En cherchant de nouveaux groupes Death et oriental metal, je vois dans les propositions ce titre « Immortal Guardian-Insane Shredding w/Simultaneous Guitar/Keyboard Solo », ça avait l’air intéressant, donc j’ai cliqué sur le lien et puis baam! Une explosion de son m’emportât. Il n’y avait pas que mes oreilles qui se faisaient plaisir en écoutant ces mélodies enivrantes, mais mes yeux aussi s’extasiaient en regardant Gabriel faisant son solo simultané à la guitare et au clavier.
Tout de suite après, j’ai cherché le titre original, je l’ai écouté, puis écouté un autre et un autre et un autre… Et à chaque morceau je prenais du plaisir à savourer ce mélange de notes et d’harmonies.
J’espère que vous serez de mon avis, c’est pour cela que je me suis permis de leur poser quelques questions auxquelles ils ont eu l’amabilité de répondre :
Lead Hangar Fanzine: How did you guys come together as a band?
Immortal Guardian: The band was originally conceived in 2007 when drummer Cody and guitarist/keyboardist Gabriel joined forces with singer Wes and a previous guitarist who left the band named Levi Lumbreras. Bassist Foster Minor, who was in a previous band with Gabriel and Immortal Guardian’s manager Brett Rivera, joined the group in 2010. The final element of Immortal Guardian was found in the flawless playing of lead guitarist Jyro Alejo who joined the group in early 2011.
L.H.F.: Where did the band name come from?
I.G.: We had tried out a few other names, and really wanted something powerful and straight to the point. The name had to be epic and we felt that Immortal Guardian conveyed that. Being huge Iron Maiden fans, we also saw the possibility of making an Immortal Guardian character down the road, similar to how Maiden uses Eddie. We are currently looking for an amazing artist who can create the figure we have envisioned.
L.H.F.: What was the first song that you conceived?
I.G.: The first song that was completed and recorded is the, as of yet, unreleased State of Emergency. It shows off our love for driving power metal choruses and our ability to pull off black metal style riffs. We’re looking to have it on our follow up EP.
L.H.F.: What bands, writers or artists inspire and/or motivate you?
I.G.: We love a variety of different bands/artists. Everything from Gnarls Barkley to Dimmu Borgir and Symphony X. We grew up on Maiden, Dio, and Sabbath and were very influence by European metal such as Children of Bodom, Helloween, Stratovarius, and others. Aspects of IG’s rhythmic technicality come from Cody’s years of listening to extreme metal along with prog influences such as Dream Theater.
L.H.F.: Gabriel Guardian, how do you manage to focus on both guitar and keyboard and does it get uncomfortable at some point?
I.G.: The only time I think its uncomfortable to play guitar and keyboards in IG is when we play shows and when I go in and record. Mainly because its TWO whole instrument rigs I gotta setup and TWO whole instrument parts I gotta record. Besides the double trouble, I absolutely love playing guitar and keys. It actually feels strange when I perform shows where im only playing one, i gotta have both!!!!
L.H.F.: Does anyone else contribute to your work? why or why not?
I.G.: We all contribute to the writing of songs. We feel like this is a crucial part of Immortal Guardian. Everyone likes a different kind of metal and when we bring those influences together, it creates what you can hear on « Super Metal »
L.H.F.: Your EP seems focused in that it brings together a good deal of symphonic melodic shred elements. Did you always know that it would turn out to sound like this?
I.G.: The combination of symphony and shred is something that we are deeply tied to. We want to convey emotion and power through our symphonic side, and speed and technicality with our shredding.
L.H.F.: Do the songs on the album have an interconnectedness lyrically?
I.G.: A few of the songs on « Super Metal » share similar themes. Our lyrics are made to relate and to inspire. We want the listener to be as interested in the content of our lyrics as they are with the quality of the music.
L.H.F.: You guys shared the stage with huge bands, in particular: Symphony X, Nevermore and The Human Abstract. What was it like sharing the stage with these bands?
I.G.: We love every minute of it! Playing with Symphony X was a dream come true, and we are lucky enough to call the guys in THA friends. Among others, Blackguard has also been a very valuable band to know, if you haven’t heard them, check them out!
L.H.F.: To draw this interview to a close, leave here any extra commentary, final words for Lead Hangar’s readership out there!
I.G.: Thank you for having us! We hope that you enjoy the new EP and hopefully we’ll be on your side of the globe soon so you can catch the insanity live!