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Video Premiere: Immortal Guardian, “Phobia,” ft. Angra’s Marcelo Barbosa

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Immortal Guardian are always good for a fun time. But this time around, on their latest single and video, “Phobia,” they’ve also chosen to tackle more serious subject matter… but not without their usual dose of humor, of course.

The video plot goes something like this: a man suffering from depression caused by fear of the pandemic goes to a real shitty psychiatrist… little does he know that what he thought could be his cure turns out to be his ultimate demise. 

The band offers of the song and video:

“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 of before, all of the sudden, became phobias overnight. The video shows our vocalist 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.’ Our guitarist/keyboardist Gabriel plays the role of a medical ‘expert’ who 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?”

MetalSucks is pleased to premiere the video for “Phobia,” which you can watch below. The song also features a guest spot from Angra guitarist Marcelo Barbosa. Fun fact, and a very topical one given the song’s subject matter: bassist/engineer Joshua Lopez and his wife contracted Covid-19 in January so he had to film his parts in quarantine at his house while still positive. Thankfully both recovered with mild symptoms.

Immortal Guardian’s new album, Psychosomatic, came out last week via M-Theory Audio (pick it up here). With shutdowns around the world being enforced, the band completely scrapped the originally planned record that they had been working on and were heavily inspired to write and create a new thematic record about their emotions surrounding current events. 

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