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AWAKEN THE GUARDIAN LIVE

Fates Warning

 

Progressive Metal

3.93 | 16 ratings

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javajeff
4 stars It is 2016, and Fate Warning has another amazing studio album with Ray Alder: Theories Of Flight. Jim Matheos and the band are firing on all cylinders, so what do they do next? They tour with their original lead vocalist John Arch to perform their stellar Awaken the Guardian album in its entirety. This is a real taste of what could have been. The Arch / Matheos Sympathetic Resonance from 2011 is practically a Fates Warning album, Jim Matheos also has Redemption, and bands are more like projects these days. I think that John Arch and Ray Alder are both amazing progressive metal vocalists, and both Sympathetic Resonance and A Pleasant Shade Of Gray are two of my all time favorite albums that I listen to often. With all that being said, Awaken the Guardian Live is a huge treat. You get two concerts with this album. The first is Keep It True XIX took place at Lauda-Königshofen, Germany, and the second is ProgPower XVII that took place at Atlanta, GA. Both have excellent sound quality, which is likely better than what could have been recorded in 1986 when Awaken the Guardian was released. John's vocals are excellent, and the musicianship is stellar as usual. This live album is a great way to hear a fresh take on Awaken the Guardian, and can act as an excellent introduction to the band.
javajeff | 4/5 |

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