IMMORTAL GUARDIAN: “Looking At All The Division, And Crazy Shit That Happened Last Year, The Tension. We’re Just Trying To Make An Album That Brings Everybody Together”

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

Metal Express Radio Backstage

When Immortal Guardian came to Portland, Oregon for a show at Dante’s Inferno, the band took the time to have a nice sit-down chat with Metal Express Radio. Since the pandemic struck in 2020, interviews have all been pretty much restricted to online chats through Zoom or Skype, making things a little less personal. Through the miracle of vaccinations, the band was able to have a face-to-face backstage to talk about the tour, the crazy times in Portland, working with Roy Z, and a whole lot more.

Gabriel Guardian and Joshua Lopez dueling the solo on "Phobia".
Photo: Bryce Van Patten

Immortal Guardian

Gabriel Guardian (Guitars/Keyboards)
Carlos Zema (Vocals)
Joshua Lopez (Bass)
Justin Piedimonte (Drums)


  • 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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