at Dante's Inferno, Portland, OR, USA, November 11, 2021

Carlos Zema from IMMORTAL GUARDIAN (Live at Dante's Inferno, Portland, OR, USA, November 11, 2021)
Photo: Bryce Van Patten

With live shows finally making a return, one of the bands that is an absolute must see is Immortal Guardian. Performing last week at Dante’s Inferno in Portland, Oregon, the band showed us why live music is so powerful, and what fans have been missing for the past year.

Supporting their latest album Psychosomatic, the band hit the stage with tons of energy, enthusiasm and joy. The band opened with “Psychosomatic”, and continued playing the first 5 tracks from the new release, giving fans what they’ve been waiting for all year, and showing how well those first 5 songs work together musically. Performing “Stardust” off of Age of Revolution worked great to break the pace, keeping the tempo and energy high for fans and the band to head-bang.

Gabriel Guardian shredding on guitar and keyboards simultaneously.
Photo: Bryce Van Patten

Carlos Zema on vocals has a powerful voice, and emanates pure joy on stage while singing to and with the crowd. Gabriel Guardian is unique in that he plays both guitar and keyboards simultaneously, without ever missing a step. Bassist Joshua Lopez matches Carlos and Gabriel in his high energy stage presence and constant smile on stage, while Justin Piedimonte thunders, and wows us with his fantastic drumming.

Immortal Guardian should be on tour with Dream Theater, Helloween, Judas Priest, or any of those major draws as they are the next generation of heavy metal heroes. Keep your eyes and ears on these guys, they will astound and always make you smile. If you get the chance to see Immortal Guardian live, don’t miss the opportunity to have a blast, and to be reminded of why music is best when you’re there in person to see the bands you love.

All photos by Bryce Van Patten


  • 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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