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Release date: 10 November 1986
Style: US power metal


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01. The Sorceress
02. Valley Of The Dolls
03. Fata Morgana
04. Guardian
05. Prelude To Ruin
06. Giant's Lore (Heart Of Winter)
07. Time Long Past
08. Exodus

[2006 Deluxe Edition bonus CD]
01. The Sorceress [demo]
02. Valley Of The Dolls [demo]
03. Prelude To Ruin [demo]
04. Fata Morgana [live]
05. Damnation [live]
06. The Apparition [live]
07. The Sorceress [live]
08. Guardian [live]
09. Die Young [live]

[2006 Deluxe Edition bonus DVD - Live at Sundance, Long Island, NY]
01. Valley Of The Dolls
02. Pirates Of The Underground
03. Orphan Gypsy
04. Fata Morgana
05. Traveler In Time
06. The Sorceress
07. Guardian
08. Prelude To Ruin
09. Damnation
10. The Apparition
11. Die Young
12. Kiss Of Death

Top 20 albums of 1986: 18

Reviews (2)
Lyrics (7)

Additional info
Line-up :
John Arch - vocals
Jim Matheos - guitars
Frank "X" Aresti - guitars
Steve Zimmerman - drums
Joe DiBiase - bass

Keyboards played by Jim Archambault, John Arch's brother.

Recorded at Stagg Street Studios & Preferred Sound Sep - Oct 1986.

Released as a double album with "No Exit" in 1992.

Guest review by

The year of 1986 can be seen, for some, as the biggest year in Metal. I don't even need to name drop for legendary bands and their albums to begin flying around inside your head. But I'll bet most of the bands you're thinking of are from the Extreme Metal category. But one band was almost completely at the other end of the spectrum: putting out Melodic, fantasy driven Metal.

published 12.04.2008 | Comments (6)

Guest review by

Although metal had long since been born, the roots of progressive metal were finally starting to take hold in 1986. I had already been exposed to a lot of rock & roll as a child (Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Rush, Pink Floyd, etc), but I hadn't yet really got the full meaning of what progressive metal could be. We had been fully exposed to metal and its offshoots, power metal, thrash, and the beginnings of death metal, but nobody had dared explore the music as much as the boys from Fates Warning. I have to be very careful not to take anything away from their offering a year earlier, The Spectre Within, which in its own right is monumental, but Awaken the Guardian would be a summit of sorts for the band because soon after its release the band would be changed forever.

published 03.07.2008 | Comments (0)

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tea[m]ster - 08.12.2012 at 16:17  
Rating: 9
Written by yanivush147 on 14.11.2012 at 13:42

This album is hard to digest at first, you need to listen to it a couple of time to start to like it but not in loop, otherwise it will become boring.
The sound is good, sometimes it's look like prog Iron Maiden. Guardian is the best track.

You either love or hate Arch's voice. The production is crappy on the album but it is saved by terrific song writing.
belphegor666 - 24.07.2013 at 21:42  
Rating: 10 Fata Morgana and The Guardian all the best songs from this album in my opinion...John Arch's vocals are amazing, the whole team rules i give 10 to this album
Jagermeister - 24.04.2015 at 21:18  
Rating: 10 Lol, who would rate this any lower than 10.0?
Fearmeister - 25.04.2015 at 02:27  
Rating: 9
Written by Jagermeister on 24.04.2015 at 21:18

Lol, who would rate this any lower than 10.0?

People who don't like it as much?
Jagermeister - 25.04.2015 at 15:45  
Rating: 10
Written by Fearmeister on 25.04.2015 at 02:27

Written by Jagermeister on 24.04.2015 at 21:18

Lol, who would rate this any lower than 10.0?

People who don't like it as much?

Hmm, never thought of that...

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