Take a Mexican-American metal virtuoso that shreds guitar and keyboards AT THE SAME TIME, a stellar vocalist from Brazil that’s literally been brought back from death, add a bassist from Texas who’s phenomenal fretless skills are rivaled only by his hair, and round it out with a newly discovered drum talent from Montreal, Canada… That, in a nutshell, makes up the metal quartet which is IMMORTAL GUARDIAN. Known for their signature “Super Metal” sound that spans the metal gamut from progressive to power and tech-death to symphonic shred, it’s their LIVE show that’s truly claimed their stake in the metal scene. Whether it be on tour with Marty Friedman, performing overseas in Brazil or Russia, or even events such as SXSW and the X Games riding around on their infamous moving stage dubbed the “Shred Sled”, one certain thing can be said about the band… THEY WILL MELT YOUR FACE.
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.
Immortal Guardian and their eternal quest to “spread the shred” has landed the band on national and international tours including a headlining Brazilian tour and several dates in Russia. Immortal Guardian has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in metal such as Judas Priest, Dragonforce, Kamelot, Symphony X, Sonata Arctica, Slayer, Metal Church, Soilwork, Steve Vai and others. The band has also made a name for themselves as a DIY guerilla marketing machine via their Immortal Guardian Shred Sled, a mobile metal show on wheels, which has been covered by SPIN.com and other media outlets while out at major music festivals such as South By Southwest, Fun Fun Fun Fest, and River City Rockfest. They are gearing up for a busy 2020 and kicking it off with a 36 date North American tour as direct support for Powerglove with other runs soon to be announced.
IMMORTAL GUARDIAN’s discography consists of the original “Super Metal” EP, released independently, featuring the line up of Gabriel Guardian, Cody Gilliland, Foster Minor, Jyro Alejo, and Wesley McCool. Following McCool’s departure in 2012 the band re-released the EP with Carlos on vocals and dubbed it “Super Metal: Edition Z”. The band continued performing around Texas and even did a 2 week tour in Brazil in 2014 before the release of their sophomore EP, “Revolution Part I”. For Revolution Part I, legendary producer/engineer Roy Z was brought into the mix to give the tracks a unique sound that evoked the NWOBHM stylings heard in his high profile clients such as Judas Priest and Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson. “Roy completely molded the band’s sound in the recordings…” states frontman Carlos Zema, “…It went from water to wine.” The record was well received and served as the prequel to the band’s first full length album “Age of Revolution”. Immortal Guardian’s debut length “Age of Revolution” was released September 28, 2018 via M-Theory Audio, a label founded by previous Century Media President, Marco Barbieri. The band did a cross country tour with Exmortus in support of the new album as part of their “September Steel” Tour. The Album received stellar reviews from metal blogs around the globe…