The roots of GUARDSMAN can be traced back to a dusty basement in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where brothers Steve and Rob Harwood spent their teenage years honing their chops by jamming out on everything from Megadeth to the Gin Blossoms and Rush to Johnny Cash. The band relocated to Chicago in 2015 and teamed up with Leo Garcia on guitar and Carlos Valencia on bass.
With the full lineup complete, GUARDSMAN set out to unleash their classic brand of metal on the Midwest, quickly landing shows at prestigious venues like Reggies Rock Club and The Forge and sharing the stage with international acts including ANGRA and SIRENIA. In January 2019, GUARDSMAN will make the trek to Winter Park, Florida for a special one-off show at The Haven Lounge.
GUARDSMAN’s debut full-length album, The Entropy Illusion - Part I (released November 6, 2018), is an ambitious undertaking to say the least. Featuring 11 tracks totaling over one hour of music, the album expands on the band’s heavy yet melodic style established in their 2015 demo, ‘The Awakening’. Incorporating noticeable prog and power metal influences, The Entropy Illusion - Part I is a logical next step in the band’s quest to fuse the intensity of old-school thrash with the grandeur of epic and melodic prog music.
While not strictly a ‘concept album’, the majority of the songs on the album weave in and out of the central theme of free will versus determinism, of how much control each person really has over individual actions and circumstances. Throughout the album, the lyrics tell stories of people striving to assert control over their own destinies, facing battles with external forces and with their own inner demons, sometimes prevailing and sometimes succumbing to fate.
The band is scheduled to begin recording Part II of the album during the winter of 2018-2019. Featuring the 40+ minute title track, The Entropy Illusion - Part II will build upon the progressive rock, power metal, and orchestral ideas introduced in Part I. “Our goal is to do something new and different with each album. Make each one bigger and better than the last,” says drummer Rob Harwood. “We’re just getting started.”
Steve Harwood - Guitar, Vocals
Leo Garcia - Guitar
Rob Harwood - Drums