The extreme progressive/power metal group Immortal Guardian has unveiled a video for Psychosomatic, the title track of their acclaimed new concept album that was inspired by and recorded during the coronavirus pandemic. Album cover art by Nathalia Suellen (Secret Sphere, Almah, Dark Moor).
«One thing we started noticing early on at the beginning of the pandemic in 2020 was the overwhelming number of friends that were getting sick only to find out they tested negative and never had the virus. Us included! There were so many moments where we were so convinced that we had covid because we felt all the symptoms and totally freaked ourselves out even though we never left our house. Just to take a test and find out we didn’t have it and even feel the symptoms disappear after 24hrs».
«This was happening to so many people I know and we thought it would be a very interesting topic to write about», explains Gabriel Guardian. «This is not to take away from the seriousness of the virus and the harm it has actually done to some of our other friends and family. It’s been a very rough year for all of us… But if there was something, we noticed that did affect the majority, it was the big amounts of fear and confusion that literally made us all feel sick just from living through the experience. Our silent pandemic is psychosomatic».
Psychosomatic is the latest in a series of creative videos that Immortal Guardian has released in recent weeks. Last month, the group unveiled a clip for Phobia, which featured a guest appearance by Angra guitarist Marcelo Barbosa. Previously, their videos for Clocks, Lockdown and Read Between The Lines earned praise from the likes of MetalSucks, Metal Injection, and Gear Gods.
After making a splash via their 2018 full-length debut Age Of Revolution – which featured its own fair share of creative music videos, including the Armageddon-meets-telenovela Stardust – and through tours with the likes of Marty Friedman, Exmortus, and Powerglove, Immortal Guardian gathered in Las Vegas at the beginning of 2020 to record their second album. As the spread of COVID-19 and the subsequent pandemic began to ensue, shutdowns around the world began being enforced, resulting in the band completely scrapping the record that they had been working on and writing and creating a new thematic record about their emotions surrounding current events.
The resulting Psychosomatic was a truly multi-national record, with guitarist/keyboardist Gabriel Guardian – known for his uncanny ability to play the two instruments simultaneously – remaining in Las Vegas, singer Carlos Zema recording his vocals from his home in Brazil, drummer Justin Piedimonte tracking from Montreal, and bassist Joshua Lopez recording from Immortal Guardian native Texas.
Psychosomatic is a product of the extraordinary turmoil of 2020 that affected millions of people around the world, as well as the next step in Immortal Guardian exhilarating melding of melodic power metal with progressive/shred tendencies.
«Phobia is a song about all the new fears that we developed during the pandemic. It’s almost as if things we weren’t scared before, all of the sudden, became phobias overnight. The video shows Zema’s character going through what many of us experienced during the coronavirus pandemic lockdowns. Increased anxiety, fear levels through the roof, psychosomatic symptoms and nobody to call for help, except the experts».
«Gabriel Guardian plays the role of a medical expert, that only makes things worse and actually takes advantage of the horrible situation. When are we really being helped and when are we merely someone’s paycheck? In a field that many brave ones give their lives to save other lives, are there still some that do not comply to what they’ve sworn under oath?».
1. Psychosomatic (5:33)
2. Read Between The Lines (6:01)
3. Lockdown (4:12)
4. Phobia (6:13)
5. Clocks (5:12)
6. Self-Isolation (0:39)
7. Goodbye To Farewells (5:50)
8. Candlelight (5:24)
9. Find A Reason (7:00)
10. New Day Rising (5:56)
Album Length: 52:06
The track list:
Gabriel Guardian (Guitars/Keyboards)
Carlos Zema (Vocals)
Joshua Lopez (Bass)
Justin Piedimonte (Drums)