Awaken the Guardian

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  • Info Awaken the Guardian is the third studio album by progressive metal band Fates Warning, released on November 10, 1986 through Metal Blade Records. more...
  • After their third album, Awaken the Guardian, was released, Arch was asked to quit his job or leave the band.
  • In the first place she could see and hear fully as much as could the guardian, besides which, were she to awaken the guardian, the other girls undoubtedly would be disturbed. Cited from The Meadow-Brook Girls by the Sea, by Janet Aldridge
  • The album contains only 2 songs, although these total nearly half an hour (one written solely by Arch, one co-written by Arch and Matheos - marking the first time the two wrote a song together since Awaken the Guardian).
  • At the time, the EP was Arch's first musical work in over seventeen years since leaving progressive metal band Fates Warning in 1987, with whom he recorded their first three albums; the last being Awaken the Guardian (1986).
  • It is the first Fates Warning album to feature current vocalist Ray Alder, who replaced John Arch after the release of Awaken the Guardian (1986), as well as the last to feature drummer Steve Zimmerman, who left the band just prior to the recording of their subsequent album Perfect Symmetry (1989).
  • Arch/Matheos began as a reunion between founding Fates Warning members John Arch and Jim Matheos, who hadn't collaborated since Arch's 2003 EP "A Twist Of Fate" and hadn't fully collaborated for a whole album since 1986's "Awaken the Guardian".