Victor’s Top Ten Releases Of 2020

Victor’s Top Ten Releases Of 2020
By Victor Augusto

Hello to you all.

Here are Victor’s top ten releases of 2020. This gives me a chance to send Victor massive thanks and gratitude for the immense amount of work he has put in to Ever Metal this year. Reviews, South American EMQ’s interviews, helping with translation and his wonderful video interview with Scars and all of this on top of a very busy job as an air traffic controller in the Air Force. I know many lovely people, but few have the same passion and dedication as Victor, who lives and breathes the scene and music. I am very honoured to call him a friend and colleague.


10. Sacramentia – Prophecies of Plague (June 2020)

‘CruciFiction’ (Lyric Video)

9. Guardian of Lightning – Cosmos Tree (July 2020)

‘Cosmos Tree’ (Official Video)

8. Re-Armed – Ignis Aeternum (June 2020)

‘The Hollow Lights’ (Official Video)

7. White Crone – The Poisoner (February 2020)

‘The Dream Of Tiamat’ (Audio)

6. Onslaught – Generation Antichrist (August 2020)

‘Religiousuicide’ (Lyric Video)

5. Scars – Predatory (August 2020)

‘Predatory’ (Lyric Video)

4. Sacred Sin – Born Suffer Die EP (April 2020)

‘Born Suffer Die’ (Full EP Audio)

3. Granada – Amarre EP (January 2020)

‘Amarre’ (Full EP Lyric Video)

2. Sepultura – Quadra (February 2020)

‘Means To An End’ (Official Video)

1. Deathless LegacySaturnalia (March 2020)

‘Saturnalia’ (Full Short Film)

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Guardian Of Lightning – Cosmos Tree

Guardian Of Lightning – Cosmos Tree
Eclipse Records
Release Date: 17/07/2020
Running Time: 33:09
Review by Victor Augusto

“We Are The First Thunder Metal Band”. With these words, I started on my journey to understand and review “Cosmos Tree” the debut album from Guardian Of Lightning, an amazing 3-piece band from São Paulo, Brazil. First, I was curious as to what exactly this unknown genre (at least for me) was, but after listening to their album several times, I guess I could understand it. Nevertheless, it is especially important to highlight that despite what they call themselves, their music is what comes first, and their music is very impressive.

What I could extract from the meaning of Thunder Metal on hearing Guardian Of Lightning for the first time is the following. Firstly, their lyrics and concept are connected to the power that comes from nature in a way to recover our energies and soul. All the lyrics have positive messages, but nothing is esoteric, and it is healthy, like a mantra connecting music and nature. The second thing that could be related to Thunder Metal is the loudness that comes from their instruments which are heavy and powerful like thunder. I guess this comes to mind due to their similarities with Motörhead and Manowar, mostly in the arrangements, and especially the vocals that really remind me of Lemmy Kilmister.

The sonority itself gives value to heavy guitars guiding the songs rhythmically. The incredible percussion of ‘Lord Drum’ increases the aggression where the speed is filled by strong hits on his drum kit and amazing tempo changes. The most interesting aspect of their music is that the bass does all leads and solos, obviously something that we are used to hearing from guitars. Therefore, the bass of ‘Iron King’ is the main instrument throughout the record and I feel that it makes the guitar of his father ‘Marco Fino’ better to follow. This is pure and heavy Rock n’ Roll and I mean a VERY HEAVY Rock n’ Roll but It is also Heavy Metal. However, I can’t think of any style that relates to Guardian Of Lightning other than when I mentioned Motörhead? The similarities between them are very apparent. Something that is not only Metal but also much heavier than just Rock n’ Roll.

There are more elements that make “Cosmos Tree” brilliant. Mantras you hear in the ‘Intro’ before the title track ‘Cosmos Tree’ kicks the album off show everything that the band are trying to achieve. This song also has a guitar sound that reminds me somewhat of the sounds of nature. ‘Aligned With The Stars’ includes some rattle (maybe it is another instrument, but it reminds me a lot of a rattle) throughout the song, that fits well with the drums. I also have to mention my favorite tracks, the beautiful ‘Sound Of Thunder’ that includes touching piano in the song and the lovely and heavy ballad ‘Be Like The Moon’ that finishes the album.

Perhaps Guardian Of Lightning hasn’t brought anything new to the table, that is for you to decide, but I find it interesting how their music navigates through Rock and Heavy Metal. If you like Rock but miss the heaviness of Heavy Metal or if you like Heavy Metal and miss the simplicity of good Rock n’ Roll then “Cosmos Tree” is the perfect album for you. Of course, fans of good and well-played bass are going to love this amazing band.

01. Intro
02. Cosmos Tree
03. Raise Your Sword
04. Sound of Thunder
05. Aligned with the Stars
06. Follow Your Silver Shine
07. Inside of Us
08. Another Place
09. Be Like the Moon

Iron King (lead bass guitar)
Marco Fino (lead vocals & rhythm guitar)
Lord Drum (drums)


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Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with São Paulo, Brazil based Thunder Metal band Guardian Of Lightning. Huge thanks to bassist Iron King for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

My name is Iron King and I play the lead bass, The band started with me in 2017 when I started to make some songs with the bass and invited my father and a brother friend to rehearsal. The result was borne of a new genre calleted Thunder Metal!

How did you come up with your band name?

The name of the band actually came from a piece of art I drew and called it of Guardian of Lightning that is the band symbol. (See image at top of interview)

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

I am from Brazil and I live in a small town called Guariba that is in the countryside of the state of São Paulo! Unfortunately, the Metal/Rock scene in this region is not big, but there are survivors like us who love Metal, who never let the spirit of Rock die.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

We released, by Eclipse Records, a single and video called ‘Cosmos Tree’ but we also have two more singles and one more video before the whole album is released on July 17th, 2020!

Who have been your greatest influences?

The Soul of the Blues, the Natives Chants, the Light of the Universe and Weight of Heavy Metal!

What first got you into music?

I grew up surrounded by music. My father always had a band, so I was practically born in the middle.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

There’s a lot that I would like to collaborate with but first would be with Ozzy. Can you imagine a song with the Ozzy voice and my lead bass I think it could be an amazing song!

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Man, I would like to play in all festivals around the world but first Hellfest or Wacken

because the energy of those places has everything to do with the band.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

A native amazon headdress that I put on a bull skull and it appears in the ‘Cosmos Tree’ video.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Follow your inner voice, play with the soul and be true.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

If I had this power, I would like to bring back from the dead all Rock stars to make a Great festival with them!

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I don´t hate nothing about being a musician. I love all, to record to shooting videos to write a song and to play live but the most is to make a song!

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

More festivals around the world with new bands to be discovered.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

My favorite album is “Cosmos Tree”

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

I think all are important but nowadays it is the downloads.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

It was our first show and in honour of Caio Ribeiro who was our friend and a famous Brazilian producer who unfortunately died!

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

A musician man! Because I only can imagine me as a musician. The music to me is something spiritual, so important for my life!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The guys with my band, Chris Poland from Eclipse Records, Ozzy Osborne and Billy Gibbons!

What’s next for the band?

To conquer the world with Thunder Metal.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube. Go here to find them all.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

If this is cake or biscuit it doesn’t matter, I would eat it anyway!

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

My pleasure, Long Live Thunder Metal!

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