Immortal Guardian – Age Of Revolution (2018)

Immortal Guardian

Age Of Revolution

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Immortal Guardian remind me a little of Into Eternity during their landmark Buried In Oblivion era, albeit with more power metal influence. The record features extreme metal vocal stylings throughout most of the cuts here, opening “Zephon” with what I’d deem a mixture of Into Eternity, Helloween and Dragonforce. The band are incredibly skilled, which is an understatement to be brutally honest – the guitar work here is as magnificent as the keyboard playing, which reminds me of only some of the greatest keyboardists in the metal genre. “Aeolian” comes across with an amazingly potent chorus, even though my favorite cut on the disc is “Stardust” which I’ve played at least three or four times during the process of review. The frontman’s vocal tone is a bit gruff though, which might not fit everyone’s palette, but the clean choruses are where this act truly shines. “Trail Of Tears” is also heavily notable, showing off Immortal Guardian’s wide spectrum of styles that can often sound like a mixture of progressive metal and neoclassical. I was ounder the assumption that only the Japanese could perform this properly, but Immortal Guardian has me convinced that western approaches to neoclassical can be competent as well. Not to mention the fact that the band carries a familiar crunch that would be great to hear further explored. Though extreme metal is a focus, I guess I’m still stuck on Into Eternity’s “Three Dimensional Aperture” formula, which I still think is one of the greatest heavy metal songs ever written; and I suppose that I found myself longing for something that would even be partway similar. The band also gets into modern day politics with “Hunters” which is about police brutality, which will soon be a thing of the past as the entire police force will be considered obsolete and replaced with machines. You think I’m kidding, don’t you. What’s even more startling is that this type of brutality is still rampant, despite the fact that people can record the attacks, which might mean there is definitely a plan to ruin society’s concept of police and make it more appealing to replace them all with machines. Please keep in mind, Russia just built the thing from RoboCop and it supposedly works. So, yes, we now have mechs. Only with The Grim Tower do you get all the latest tech news inside of album reviews, heh heh. But who knows, maybe the band will read this review and become inspired to write a song about mech battles or police robots. That is, if I don’t get to it first!

In any case, I was quite pleased with this album, even though it sounded much better streaming on my bluetooth speaker than on my laptop speakers, which I found bizarre. The second time through I’m not digging some of these cuts as much as I did on the bluetooth speaker. I’ll have to look into that. Aside from all my ramblings, I think that fans of extreme power metal in the vein of Dragonforce will like this, though it doesn’t come off cheesy and features more of an intellectual proggy vibe. There’s a lot to like here and I’d definitely recommend the record as a whole. Maybe my laptop speakers muffled the performance, so I’ll definitely have to go with my bluetooth speaker score on Haulix, which is rather high and some would say is befitting of the work at large. Check it out at the link below, I think that you’ll be impressed.

(9 Tracks,48:00)

9/10

Purchase HERE (Bandcamp)

9.0

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