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Awaken the Guardian [CD+DVD, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks]

Fates WarningAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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After a near decade long hiatus, Fates Warning returns with Darkness In A Different Light, their first CD of new material since the release of FWX in 2004. This also marks the first release for the current lineup of Ray Alder (vocals) Jim Matheos and Frank Aresti (guitars), Joey Vera (bass), and Bobby Jarzombek (drums).

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  • Audio CD (June 28, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: CD+DVD, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • ASIN: B0009JK0X4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,826 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Sorceress
2. Valley of the Dolls
3. Fata Morgana
4. Guardian
5. Prelude to Ruin
6. Giants of Lore Heart of Winter
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Disc: 2
1. The Sorceress (DEMO)
2. Valley of the Dolls (DEMO)
3. Prelude to Ruin (DEMO)
4. Fata Morgana (LIVE)
5. Damnation (LIVE)
6. The Apparition (LIVE)
See all 9 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Sundance
2. Valley of the Dolls
3. Pirates of the Underground
4. Orphan Gypsy
5. Fata Morgana
6. Traveler in Time
See all 13 tracks on this disc

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ah! Those years! July 13, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I'm going to review here this new edition, more than the original album. We all know (and those who don't, should) that John Arch wrote some historic pages as the first vocalist of Fates Warning. This 2CDs/1DVD extended reissue of "Awaken the Guardian" has made a superb job in documenting that golden époque of these progressive metal pioneers.

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.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This is the last album Fates Warning recorded with original vocalist John Arch, before he decided to pursue the glorious life of a carpenter and the rest of the band moved on to become a bunch of heavy metal English professors with a Rush fixation. "Awaken" expands gloriously on the sound of the first two albums, with more bizarre mystical imagery and complex song arrangements. What sets Arch's lyrics apart from other D&D singers (Dio leaps to mind) is that he used such imagery to address serious questions about life and death. For instance, the words to "Valley of the Dolls" contain thinly veiled references to the glam posers of the 80's ("camouflage the battle scars with Oxy 10 and Maybelline, cloning the heroes in hype magazine") and "Guardian" was at least partially written about that girl who was in a coma during the 80's ("Karen's been asleep forever, I know she hears me, she has so much to say"). "Prelude to Ruin" could be about any nation, real or mythical, that is on the verge of downfall. Arch's delivery is beautiful- his voice is high, almost in a bard-like way, without being overbearingly operatic. His melodies weave together cleverly and the dual guitar attack of Matheos and Aresti really came across on this album. I definitely suggest this album, as it is easily the best thing this band ever recorded.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prog Metal Masterpiece from the Historical Perspective February 8, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Most prog metal fans overlook this masterpiece for some reason. To them, it all starts with Fates Warning's Perfect Symmetry, which is agreeable, since Perfect Symmetry is the band's first actual foray into prog metal. However, Awaken the Guardian, given its release date, was one of the driving forces of prog metal when a term as "prog metal" didn't even exist. Released almost 20 years ago, Awaken the Guardian is still as perfect as it was way back. This was the first Fates Warning disc I ever bought and I still listen to it on a regular basis. With each passing year, I re-discover its brilliance and impact on the genre. This band is kind of like Psychotic Waltz who were also as amazing and influential but were always overlooked by the masses.

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.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fates Warning : "Awaken The Guardian" May 10, 2004
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This is one of the best Heavy Metal CD's of the 80's. This is simply a masterpiece for it's time. I loved Fates back when they had John Arch on vocals, he was what really made Fates "Metal".

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Old school metal here, every song is classic!
Published 16 days ago by Sammy87
3.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive Speed Metal
This is an earlier effort from 2005 and is obvious they had not reached their potential yet. I give it a three because, overall it is very repetitive speed metal, continuous... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars 9.5/10....A Time Long Forgotten
Well, this is my first review on Amazon in a very long time so allow me to lay down some ground rules and criteria for my style of reviewing an album:

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Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fates Warning is awesome
The last Fates Warning remaster I needed for my collection, a really killer album every metal head should buy now.
Published 9 months ago by Derek Rothermund
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME !
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 more
Published 17 months ago by MelodicMetalWarrior
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy realized
A lot has been said about metal in 1986. It was certainly a huge year - some of the biggest and most important albums ever were released then. Read more
Published on October 26, 2011 by Donald R. Webb
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
I haven't listened to this in 20 years. I wish I could put it as eloquently as other reviewers, but my sentiment is the same.... this is a classic album. Read more
Published on June 29, 2011 by C. Stone
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't expect a miracle remaster 3.5 stars
This review is not focused on the quality of song craft or the vocal abilities of John Arch. There are plenty of reviews here that address this. Read more
Published on June 22, 2011 by Cougnut
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing!
Fates Warning were definately on top of their game with this album and it all began with Spectre Within. This album is outstanding and every lover of metal should get this album. Read more
Published on October 25, 2010 by Josh
5.0 out of 5 stars 1986 - Modern Metal's Greatest Year!
1986 was a brilliant year for the Metal genre. 1)Master of Puppets 2)Peace Sells But Who's Buying 3)Reign in Blood, and 4)Awaken the Guardian. Read more
Published on December 21, 2009 by David Chris
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