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THE GUARDIAN
Lost World
April 2016
Released: Marc, Independent
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team

The Guardian are a true / melodic metal band from Belgium. They came over to the UK on a short tour and

played Birmingham where I purchased their new album. Entitled Lost World, the CD has 8 top quality power metal

tunes and an atmospheric opening instrumental tune. A female fronted band with a singer more in the style of Doro Pesch

rather than the usual death growls (Arch Enemy) or symphonic (Nightwish).



Watching them live before hearing the CD has helped me to get a handle on what they are all about. Sometimes watching a

band live they play their songs a lot better than on CD as they are more energized and have played the material longer hence more adept at playing

the songs. The studio experience can be a bit sterile and gives the chance to fix any timing issues.



For those who have read some of my reviews you may have heard of my "one side of a C90 cassette" rule for great albums and LOST

WORLD passes this test. Some band put their four of five best songs at the start of the album but oddly, on the songs get better

from track 5 onwards.



Sick and Tired would be a possible single if metal bands still released them. A perfect mix of old school metal with sounds that

new modern style bands would love to have the chops to write. We Are The Guardian and We Will Rise are the best tracks on the

album by far and sound like prime time Helloween with more bite. You can't help but raise your fist in the air when these tracks are

played and the songs will stick in your head.



So far so good but there is something odd. There is not one guitar solo on the album. I didn't notice at first but once there were some

extended instrumental parts I realised. This may be a bad thing to some, others may say why add a guitar solo, just concentrate on the song.



Overall a splendid slice of European metal with lots of heaviness but enough melody. Uplifting tunes and even a track about Atlantis.
Track Listing

1) Intro
2) Lost World
3) Destroy
4) City in Ruins
5) Sick & Tired
6) We are The Guardian
7) We Will Rise
8) The Weak
9) Monster of the Deep

Lineup

Ginny Claes - Vocals
Palle Kesteloot - Guitar
Thomas Segaert - Bass & Vocals
Ronny Smeekens - Drums

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