and the Guardian of the Guitar from Hell project began
in 1985 when Mike Alvarez started experimenting writing
material by recording drum tracks first. The first
of three tracks Ambrosiedies recorded was "Hymn for
Morella". Hymn for Morella is the Edgar Allan
Poe poem written after the passing of Poe's wife Morella.
Alvarez gave drummer Mike Jensen a tempo with some basic
points of crescendo. Alvarez recorded three tracks
of electric guitar, with all the chord changes simply
the E chord in several variations. "I gave
(Gunning) an open book of Poe's poems. I opened
the book and Hymn for Morella was there so we
recorded Charles reciting the poem".
eventually yielded three songs, adding Andromeda Woman
and Lady's From Hades. All three songs come with
short stories accompanied by the soundtrack of the songs.
Alvarez and Gunning conjured a plot: that
Ambrosiedies (Gunning) was an angel and recruited Mike
Check (Alvarez) after Check had passed away - to become
a guardian of the heavens. Check was crowned
The Guardian of the Guitar From Hell - as Ambrosiedies
handed The Guitar From Hell to Check, as it would be his
weapon to fight away demons in the Angels' quest to rid
time and space of evil.
OF THE STORYS AND
SONGS TO COME
Gunning on voice,
Alvarez on guitars,
Jensen on drums.
Here to Play)
by Mike Alvarez. Words by Edgar Allen Poe
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