Great Night of Progressive Metal with Immortal Guardian and SifTing at Pub Rock

Immortal Guardian at Pub Rock, Scottsdale, AZ on November 5th, 2021

Review and Photos by Fred Kuhlman
Promoter: 13th Floor Entertainment ( )
Venue: Pub Rock, Scottsdale, AZ ( )
Date: Friday November 5th, 2021
Tour: Brovember Quarantour 2021

This concert was held at Pub Rock in Scottsdale, AZ on November 5th.  For those that have never been to Pub Rock, it is a small bar in South Scottsdale.  Typical for a small bar, the stage is not very big and maybe 2 feet above the floor.  Also, the bar is not real large and its capacity is at best 200 people.  This lends itself to be a very intimate venue where the fans can interact with the band members.  If you ever want to meet the members of the band, these small bars are perfect.  Usually, the band members will come out and man the merch tables and talk with the fans and sometimes even sign merchandise that you purchase.  At this show I was able to talk with the lead singer of Immortal Guardian, Carlos and all of the members of SifTing.  They were all extremely friendly.  On my soapbox again:  PLEASE, if you go to these shows, purchase items from the band.  This how they make money and can continue to tour.  Also, I checked the prices they charged at the show and they were the same as online and you don’t have to pay for shipping or tax and you have a memory of the concert.

One thing that is always an issue for us photographers is the lighting.  A lot of bands don’t like bright lights on them while they are playing.  This allows them to see the audience better and doesn’t impede their performance.  The older light could get very hot if they were close to the performers.  The small venues don’t have the money to put in a fancy lighting system because the cost is prohibitive.  Also, it allows the band to provide their own theatrical lighting.  But, from the photographer point of view this is not ideal.  As you can see from the photos I took tonight, they are just OK, very red and green.  But from the audience’s point of view the lighting was great.

Immortal Guardian

Gabriel Guardian and Carlos Zema of Immortal Guardian at Pub Rock, Scottsdale, AZ on November 5th, 2021

Immortal Guardian has been touring for the last 3 months and with more gigs until the end of the year.  First, they were doing the Shredocalypse Tour in August and early September with Paladin and then the Pyychsometal Tour in mid-September and October.  Now they are touring with SifTing on the Brovember Quarantour for the months of November and December.  Check out Immortal Guardian’s website for future tour dates and location.

I really didn’t know much about Immortal Guardian, but had seen SifTing in the past and really liked them.  So, I checked out Immortal Guardian’s latest album Psychosomatic.  It is a Progressive metal powerhouse.  Having listened to the album multiple times, I was extremely impressed by the band and their music.  This led me to want to see the band live and review their show.

The current tour lineup for Immortal Guardian consists of lead singer Carlos Zema, founding member Gabriel Guardian that plays both guitar and keyboards, bass player Joshua Lopez and drummer Justin Piedimonte.  During the show, Carlos told the story about how Joshua joined the band.  Seems that they were on tour and their bass player failed to show up for a show.  With only 20 minutes, they asked Joshua to learn the songs and fill in.  He did such a great job, that they kept him on as the new bass player.

Carlos Zema, lead singer of Immortal Guardian at Pub Rock, Scottsdale, AZ on November 5th, 2021

I was extremely impressed by Immortal Guardian’s performance.  It was an amazing concert and I loved all of the songs.  When they performed “Lockdown” they really brought out all of the tricks.  The light show was outstanding and Carlos kept jumping up on a small platform at the front of the stage singing into his skull mic and wanting the audience to join in, which they did.  Watching Carlos as he sang into his skull mic, Joshua as he bounced around the stage and Gabriel playing both guitar and keyboards showed that this band can rock with the best of them.  Typical for small venues, Justin the drummer was swallowed up in the darkness and his drumkit.  Justin still provided the driving bass and rhythm for all of the songs which at times drove the small crowd into a mosh pit frenzy.  I was very happy that they performed almost all of their new album Psychosomatic at tonight’s show.  I believe that this is their strongest and best album to date.

Please go out and see this amazing band, you will not be disappointed.  To find out more information about Immortal Guardian, their albums and upcoming tour dates and location, please check out either their website of Facebook page.  You can also see some of their videos on their website.

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Photos by Fred Kuhlman, All Rights Reserved

Immortal Guardian Setlist:              (Album/Cover)
Psychosomatic                                  (Psychosomatic)
Read Between The Lines                    (Psychosomatic)
Lockdown                                           (Psychosomatic)
Phobia                                                 (Psychosomatic)
Clocks                                                 (Psychosomatic)
Zephon                                                (Age of Revolution)
Aeolian                                                (Age of Revolution)
Trail of Tears                                      (Age of Revolution)
Stardust                                               (Age of Revolution)
Self-Isolation                                      (Psychosomatic)
Goodbye to Farewells                         (Psychosomatic)
New Day Rising                                  (Psychosomatic)
Immigrant Song                                  (Led Zeppelin cover)


SifTing at Pub Rock, Scottsdale, AZ on November 5th, 2021

I originally saw SifTing at the Marquee Theatre on May 5th, 2018 when they were touring with Sons of Apollo.  I thought their performance was outstanding and could not wait to see them again.  It only took 3 years and 6 months for them to finally come back to the valley.  Since that time, they have a new guitarist that has join the band.  SifTing currently consists of lead singer and guitarist Eduardo Osuna Gil, drummer Joey Aguirre, bass player Winston Jarquin and new guitarist Mo LaMastro.  They released their last album in 2019, The Infinite Loop.  Like many bands, during the Covid-19 shutdown, they have been busy writing new music and tonight we got to hear one of their new songs “Silent Acquiescence”.  If this song is any indication of the quality of their upcoming album, it should be another amazing album. I personally can’t wait for it.

SifTing is a Venezuelan-American progressive metal band from Los Angeles, California in 2010 by Eduardo.  Their performance tonight was very enjoyable and I loved their new song “Silent Acquiescence” that they played tonight.  They showed how impressive they are by the different time changes during this song.  This is a feature of progressive metal and tonight they were spectacular.  As with most progressive metal bands, their songs typically run about 7 minutes or more.  That is why they only got to perform 4 songs at tonight’s show.  But the quality of these songs and their astonishing musical performance far out way the number of songs they got to performed.  It would have been great to see SifTing on a larger stage where they could really move around.  It would also be nice to see them perform a longer set to really let the audience get to hear more of their amazing songs.  Hopefully they will get back here before another 3+ years and perform at a large venue and possibly longer.

Check out SifTing at their Website and Facebook page.  You can find their up-coming concert dates and location.   They also have links to their videos and albums.

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Photos by Fred Kuhlman, All Rights Reserved

SifTing Setlist:                       (Album)
Alone                                      (Not From Here)
Silent Acquiescence                (New Song available on upcoming album)
Stop Calling Me Liberty          (The Infinite Loop)
A Critical Affair                       (The Infinite Loop)

Forsaken Skum

Forsaken Skum at Pub Rock, Scottsdale, AZ on November 5th, 2021

Forsaken Skum is a Phoenix local Thrash Death Metal band.  The band consists of lead singer (and pirate, see photos) Eddie Lopez III, guitarist Jacob Bishop, bass player Ryker Gillespie and drummer Corey Matayabas.  For tonight’s show, they seemed a little out of place since they are a thrash death metal band and the other bands were more progressive metal.  However, they did a good job and were not bad.  They are young and need a little more polish, but if they keep at it, they could emerge as a great thrash death metal band in Arizona.  Eddie also indicated that each of the band members were also in other bands performing different styles of music, so you might want to check each member out and what other projects they are currently working on.

You can find more information about Forsaken Skum on their Facebook page.

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