CARLOS ZEMA & GABRIEL GUARDIAN (IMMORTAL GUARDIAN): “We Decided As A Band To Just Rewrite An Entire Album About The Pandemic And During The Pandemic While We Were At Home In Lockdown”

Immortal Guardian - Photo Credit - Jim Wilkinson
Photo: Jim Wilkinson.

Lock Down Time Well Spent

What do you do when you have a new album to release and a tour ready to kick off, when at the last minute the pandemic strikes? If you’re Carlos Zema and Gabriel Guardian of the band Immortal Guardian, you roll with the punches, shelf the album and write and record a brand new album based on inspiration from living in 2020 and all of it’s challenges. Metal Express Radio’s Bryce Van Patten talks with Carlos Zima and Gabriel Guardian of the Super Metal group Immortal Guardian about their upcoming release on Feb 12th: Psychosomatic, life with the pandemic and lots more.

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Immortal Guardian band photo
IMMORTAL GUARDIAN is (L-R): Gabriel Guardian (guitars/keyboards) Carlos Zema (vocals) Joshua Lopez (bass) Justin Piedimonte (drums)

Immortal Guardian guitarist/founder Gabriel Guardian also has a very active presence on YouTube. Garnering hundreds of thousands of views on the platform for his self-produced videos, Gabriel shows off his uncanny ability to play guitar and keyboard simultaneously.

Despite the challenges presented by the global pandemic, Psychosomatic is the next step in Immortal Guardian’s evolution. The new album more than captures the band’s exhilarating trademark melding of melodic power metal with progressive/shred tendencies.

Immortal Guardian cover_Psychosomatic.


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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