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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.
2) Lost World
4) City in Ruins
5) Sick & Tired
6) We are The Guardian
7) We Will Rise
8) The Weak
9) Monster of the Deep
Ginny Claes - Vocals
Palle Kesteloot - Guitar
Thomas Segaert - Bass & Vocals
Ronny Smeekens - Drums
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