Original Fates Warning lineup performs entire “Awaken the Guardian” album at 2016 ProgPower Fest (video)

The original line-up of Fates Warning performed the entire “Awaken the Guardian” album last week at the ProgPower USA fest in Atlanta.

Although “Awaken the Guardian” was released in the 1980s — and although the band has been recording acclaimed prog metal albums in the decades since — progressive metal people who heard “Guardian” have long held that the album was truly something special.

I consider “Awaken the Guardian” one of my “essential albums.” If you’re curious, or just are looking to kill some time, you can find my review of the album here.

So it’s awesome to see the “Guardian” era band — John Arch (vocals), Jim Matheos (guitar), Frank Aresti (guitar), Joe DiBiase (bass) and Steve Zimmerman (drums) performing together once again. Arch, in particular, retired from music for the most part, except for a couple of pairings with Matheos — particularly the excellent Arch/Matheos album “Sympathetic Resonance” in 2011.

Norrsken Photography videotaped the entire 90 minute set, which includes every note of “Guardian” and several Arch-era Fates tracks. Here’s the set. Enjoy.

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