Awaken the Guardian

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Awaken the Guardian
Studio album by Fates Warning
Released 1986 (1986)[1]
Recorded September–October 1986 at Stagg Street Studios in Los Angeles; Preferred Sound in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles
Genre Progressive metal
Length 47:57[2]
Label Metal Blade
Producer Fates Warning, Brian Slagel
Fates Warning chronology
The Spectre Within
Awaken the Guardian
No Exit
Alternative cover
2005 deluxe edition
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

Awaken the Guardian is the third studio album by progressive metal band Fates Warning, released on November 10, 1986 through Metal Blade Records. It has been reissued three times: first as a double album with No Exit in 1992, followed by a remastered edition in 1994, and once again as a deluxe edition Digipak on June 28, 2005.[3] The latter includes a bonus disc containing demos and live tracks, as well as a DVD of a concert from December 28, 1986 at the Sundance club in Long Island; this being the only known video footage of the Awaken the Guardian line-up performing live. This would be the band's last album to feature original singer John Arch, who was replaced by Ray Alder on their subsequent 1988 album No Exit.

Awaken the Guardian reached No. 191 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and remained on that chart for four weeks.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Jim Matheos and John Arch, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "The Sorceress"   5:44
2. "Valley of the Dolls"   5:22
3. "Fata Morgana"   5:25
4. "Guardian"   7:33
5. "Prelude to Ruin"   7:23
6. "Giant's Lore (Heart of Winter)" (Arch, Frank Aresti) 6:00
7. "Time Long Past" (Matheos) 1:51
8. "Exodus"   8:39
Total length:


Chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
1987 Billboard 200 191[4]


  1. ^ a b Taylor, Robert. "Awaken the Guardian - Fates Warning". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-01-09.
  2. ^ Awaken the Guardian (CD release "Enigma/Metal Blade "1877-73231-2").
  3. ^ "Awaken the Guardian". Amazon. Retrieved 2013-01-09.
  4. ^ a b "Awaken the Guardian - Fates Warning". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-01-21.