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Guardian Of Lightning - Cosmos Tree Award winner

Guardian Of Lightning
Cosmos Tree
by Rachel Montgomery at 24 June 2020, 8:58 AM

GUARDIAN OF LIGHTNING is a traditional prog metal band that sounds like a blues-inspired rock group from the 1970s. Featuring licks from power metal and a subtle proto-techno influence from bands like KRAFTWERK, this isn’t your typical metalhead’s listen. The band formed in 2017 and the trio of members set out to create "thunder metal,” a metal sound that replaces the lead guitar entirely with a heavy bass. Based in Sao Paolo, Brazil, they experiment with different sounds and tour different clubs. After listening to their latest album “Cosmos Tree,” I think they deserve to be better known.

The intro features blues influences and experimental chanting that establishes the traditional and progressive tone. Throughout the rest of the album, the instrumentals themselves are traditional, but the way they mix them and the techniques the employ are progressive. They take elements of doom metal, hard rock, and post-rock and make them a unique experience. My one complaint is that the Lemmy-style vocals can be a bit much at times, plus, they’re a little far back on certain tracks. The latter could have been done for effect, considering that in Doom Metal, vocals are distorted or pushed back a lot. Some of my favorite aspects of the instrumentals are the use of snare, blues riffs, and wa-wa guitars to create a funk sound on some of the tracks. The closing track opens with an easygoing, swaying riff which juxtaposes against a slow guitar melody, creating a progressive, harmonic finish.

I grew up listening to my dad’s 1970s blues band records. The like of LITTLE FEAT, STEELY DAN, and pre- Steve Perry JOURNEY graced my ears as a kid, and informed my musical taste for music that you couldn’t hear on the Billboard chart. Overall, I love the uniqueness of each track. I’m especially impressed that the band sticks to a 1970s prog-rock sound infused with blues elements and it sounds fresh. The album is far from perfect. There are a few kinks with the production and the vocals I would love to see ironed out (see my thoughts on the vocals above), but I think that can be remedied with more time remastering in the studio. Another is that while the overall style of the band is unique, each song doesn’t do too much to stand out. It’s best listened to as a conglomerate, an album experience rather than song per song. If you love good old-fashioned musicianship without bells and whistles, but love prog elements and unique sounds, definitely check this band out!

Songwriting: 9
Production: 8
Musicianship: 10
Memorability: 10

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Intro
2. Cosmos Tree
3. Raise Your Sword
4. Sound of Thunder
5. Aligned With the Stars
6. Follow Your Silver Shine
7. Inside of Us
8. Another Place
9. Be Like the Moon
Lineup:
Iron King – Bass
Marco Fino – Vocals/Rhythm Guitar
Lord Drum – Drums
Record Label: Eclipse Records
     


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Edited 05 December 2020
 

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