Awaken the Guardian CD+DVD, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
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First of all, the remastered version of the classic album (CD#1) has indeed a brighter sound than the original; but of course there is nothing new at this point in there. As expected, the haunting and unorthodox melodies of John Arch are the "meat" of this release, while the rest of the band completed the recipe with a bunch of odd tempo changes, a bold musicianship and a great attitude. For John Arch this was his third album, so at that moment he had finally found his voice and style. The finished product is simply a brilliant, revolutionary and beautiful work of art; and a milestone in the history of metal music.
CD#2 contains demo versions of three songs of the album, plus six other live songs. The value of this CD is more historical than anything else, as the quality of the sound is far from being top notch. However, the "rawer" feeling of it all transported me to those years when the history of progressive metal had still to be written. This second CD, at the very end, is a draft produced by the original writers of the final paper. The creation of something new can be felt in its most spontaneous form by listening to this CD. That's why I welcome it with open arms -- and ears.
Finally, enters the DVD. Seeing John Arch performing live, even if his performance was not perfect at all, is a sheer of an experience.Read more ›
If you've never listened to pre-Parallels period Fates Warning, then you might be pleasantly surprised. Awaken the Guardian is the last album with original singer John Arch and the best in my opinion. Arch seriously defined the sound of Fates Warning on the fist three releases since he co-wrote each song with guitarist Jim Matheos. He co-wrote each song on ATG as well, except the instrumental piece, "Time Long Past". Of note is that Arch co-wrote "Giant's Lore (Heart of Winter)" with second guitarist Frank Aresti and I believe this is the only track in the entire Fates Warning catalog that wasn't written by Jim Matheos. I said it before and I'll reiterate: John Arch is one of the most amazing singers that has ever walked the face of the earth. He can wail like every other screamer out there, but what's more is, he can still retain melody hitting those high notes.Read more ›
Anyways, back to "Awaken". This has very big Maiden influences, and is hinted throughout. The guitars are excellent, and have I said how much I love J. Arch's vocals???...
If you're a fan of Fate's "A Pleasant Shade Of Grey", you may want to think twice about buying this. This is not music to sleep to. This was Fate's when they were HEAVY.
I highly recommend "Awaken The Guardian" to anyone who has never heard Fates Warning, or to anyone who is a "Heavy Metal" fan. It's a unique masterpice that should not be forgotten...
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Fabulous metal band. If you like bands like Queensryche, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest ( and what metal fan don't ) then this will please for sure.Published 7 months ago by Grant
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The last Fates Warning remaster I needed for my collection, a really killer album every metal head should buy now.Published on November 25, 2013 by Derek Rothermund
One of the best from FATES WARNING . A must buy for fans of Melodic Metal ! .... Buy this , also buy albums from these bands here on Amazon MP3 : MAGNITUDE 9 --- SYMPHONY X ---... Read morePublished on March 19, 2013 by MelodicMetalWarrior