Band Members
Frank "X" Aresti - Guitars
Jim Matheos - Guitars
John Arch - Vocals
Joe DiBiase - Bass
Steve Zimmerman - Drums
Awaken The Guardian
(1986)
Track Listing
01. The Sorceress 5:43
02. Valley Of The Dolls 5:22
03. Fata Morgana 5:25
04. Guardian 7:33
05. Prelude To Ruin 7:23
06. Giant's Lore (Heart Of Winter) 6:00
07. Time Long Past 1:50
08. Exodus 8:31

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Liner Notes
Produced By Fates Warning and Brian Slagel

Engineered By Bill Metoyer

Assistant Engineers - Scott Campbell, Steve Himelfarb, Kevin

Beauchamp and Dave Obrizzo

Recorded September - October 1986 At - Stagg Street Studios

and Preferred Sound

Mixed At - Capitol Records

Mastered By - Eddy Schreyer

Keyboards Played By - Jim Archambault

Sleeve Design and Illustrations - Ioannis / Third Image c 1986

Third Image

Group Photography - Mick Rock / Third Image

Logos - Bob Briar / Third Image

Additional Photos - S.M. Cooper

Additional Visual Assistance - Liz Vap and Debbie Hayes

Remastered By - Eddy Schreyer at Future Disc February 1994

Road Crew -

Live Sound Engineer - Dave "Emma" Obrizzo

Guitars and Backline - Chris "Blanch" Obrizzo

Guitars and Backline - John "Gomez" Addams

Drums and Backline - Cousin Mark "Haddock, Scrod" Feivou



All songs published by Bloody Skull Music (BMI) / Arch Songs (BMI) / Matheos Music (BMI)
Except [Track 6] by Bloody Skull Music (BMI) / Arch Songs (BMI) and [Track 7] by Bloody Skull Music (BMI) / Matheos Music (BMI)

Metal Blade Records
(3984-14046-2)

Miscellaneous Album Notes
Remastered By Eddy Schreyer at Future Disc February 1994

Metal Blade reissued Awaken The Guardian on 6/28/2005 as an "Expanded Edition"
The album was remastered and also included a second disc of demos/live recordings and a DVD of live material.
The artwork for the reissue was an updated version of the original.
Lyrics
Top of Page The Sorceress
(Matheos, Arch)
I search alone, dark the night, deep the
blackest forest, and down to devil's hopyard
on my way from Salem I lit a fire
Magical brimstone sparks ashes from the hazel wood
Dancing with the banshee, fire rose up to the sky.

The dead of night parts the sky, the Salem witch
hunting eyes Malifica spells
She flies the ocean shore of Kildare
Over tombs of the harpy fields
Lonely girls ride the great beast
Virginal goddess of Hunt Diana

Through the Bröcken Spectre rose a luring Angel
Sister of Morgana, forever dressed in black
We journey through the witch trials learned of lore
And wives tales
We fathomed the deepest oceans o her darkest mind

The dead of night parts the sky, the Salem witch
hunting eyes Malifica spells
She flies the ocean shore of Kildare
Over tombs of the harpy fields
Lonely girls ride the great beast
Virginal goddess of Hunt Diana

Searching lands of giants and dragons
sail the oceans of serpents and krakens
Under ages of dark the Salem witch
Burned beneath mindless tortures of men
through the castles of demons and wizards
To your fate Moerea the sisters
Two hundred fifty thousand the Salem witch

Down in the bog of the Witch Meadow run
Malifica revenge plague have begun
Burned alive for a crime never done

Children of the darkness dance on the coven of the lost
In a blazing pyre suspended in air she demands holocaust
Well she can exercise with the whites of her eyes
She'll devour your children, in a wink of
an eye, as she descend from the sky to the
cauldron of the damned.

In her burning lips he earned the infamous kiss
She took me by the hand
In a wink of an eye she ascended the sky
She unveiled my talisman I'm the
witch finder general.

Dark the night, deep the
blackest forest, and down to devil's hopyard
on my way from Salem I lit a fire
The magical brimstone sparks ashes from the hazel wood
Dancing with the banshee, rose up in the sky.

The dead of night parts the sky, the Salem witch
hunting eyes Malifica spells
She flies the ocean shore of Kildare
Over tombs of the harpy fields
Lonely girls ride the great beast
Virginal goddess of Hunt Diana

Top of Page Valley Of The Dolls
(Matheos, Arch)
Bedroom mirrors do tell who's the fairest of
them all
Lime light silhouette transparent walls
Dancing shadows cascade paper walls
Wailing ghost guitars send in the clowns
Send in the clowns

Painted plastic faces stealing mommies make up
Masque the false gods with mannequin smiles
Prima donnas play upon their pedestals of fame
Unborn girls the false facade illegitimate child
I won't play your game
Illegitimate child searching for a name

Blasphemous black Bible bias you betray bigotry
Slay the hydra pretty fair maidens spread their leprosy
Hungry children feed from hype of
perpetual ego's
I slay the hydra, burn the talisman, holocaust
Run with the pack illegitimate child the
unborn wench at war. Tears in his eyes
she became a bride wedlock to a whore.
Shatter the dream the tangerine dream bow
to kings not the queens. Go back where you reign
to your domain the Valley of the Dolls!

Bow to kings of yesterday they have given
you wings to fly away, what have the
phantom queens but deceived you
Armies of shadows climbing silvery mountains
lining molten and ask kiss my
Camouflage the battle scars with Oxy Ten and
Maybelline
Cloning the heros in hype magazine
Pirates of underground lightening
the speed of sound. You will prevail.

And bedroom mirrors do tell who's the fairest of
them all
Lime light silhouette transparent walls
Dancing shadows cascade paper walls
Wailing ghost guitars send in the clowns
Send in the clowns

Run with the pack illegitimate child the
unborn wench at war. Tears in his eyes
she became a bride wedlock to a whore.
Shatter the dream the tangerine dream bow
to kings not the queens. Go back where you reign
to your domain the Valley of the Dolls!

(1st solo - F.A.)
(2nd solo - J.M.)

Top of Page Fata Morgana
(Matheos, Arch)
Morrigan you come again
Morgan La Fay, raven on my sill of frost
far away from the sea of the setting sun
Island of fire and albatross
Taught so well magic Merlin the wizard
Maiden of beauty dressed in rainbow
Come to me
Come to me
Come to me

Damon girl the daughter of Saul queen of the
underworld. . . she'll have us all
Damian who's seductress of lust
The peasants and kings your heart she will turn into dust
Damian she's the mortal of man
Lives in my dreams in darkness, reaches out her hand
Come to me
Come to me

Fata Morgana. . . She will take you
Your hungry scarred harlot hunting another heart
Morrigan fallen angel
Kneeling at the widows altar, temptress of my dreams. . .
She's the widow of my dreams

Far beyond the realm of dream, your wildest dream
Ascend to the plane, an imaginary game we play
Past the golden pillars of the lore to Lemuria
Morrigan upon her throne she's a mirrored mirage
of my desire
Of my desire
Passion slave, her life I gave
Jump into her fire

Fata Morgana. . . She will take you
Your hungry scarred harlot hunting another heart
Morrigan fallen angel
Kneeling at the widows altar, temptress of my dreams. . .
She's the widow in my dreams
Luring me to ecstacy
Damian my fantasy

Top of Page Guardian
(Matheos, Arch)
These walls are stained engraved with pain
You will find them under shadows casting shame
Some it's all they've ever known, Angels of
the fortunate sons come and go ... You may not
Entities pass in the night Guardians and the
Reaper fight the will to live shall win
Mares of hope ride through their dreams
blinding light awakens sleeping dawn it seems
It was all a dream an endless dream

I will wish upon a star I believe in you
And if my will has strayed afar I remembered you
Will you remember me
I the one you sentenced penance unabsolved
Answer me save my will have you forgotten me

Pace the hallway blindman for a million miles of stars
His mind has seen. Think you may he lives in darkness
We're the dark he's seen the light of dream
Karen's been asleep forever I know she hears me
She has so much to say, the machine sparks
Her eggshell mind a tear streams from her face
Into my hand, to my heart

I will wish upon a star I believe in you
And if my will has strayed afar I remembered you
Will you remember me
I the one you sentenced penance unabsolved
Answer me save my will

I'm a fire without a flame helpless child without a name
With broken wings catch me I'm falling
I'm a question with no answer who are
you that takes my life away from me
unveil the bondaries of the black

I had a dream I was you strong as the fire
In my veins and when I called out your
Name I would remain to witness the pain
I am beyond silent black I will be back
As your guardian

Angels in white you have sacrificed you witness
and bury the pain
You walk hand and hand with the fear stricken child
Strengthen the weak and the lame
Have you seen beyond the unborn the
pillars of penance and lore
Perpetual journey into the realm the
sovereign servitor

I will wish upon a star I believe in you
And if my will has strayed afar I remembered you
Will you remember me
I the one you sentenced penance unabsolved
Answer me save my will
Have you forgotten me
Answer me save my will
Have you forgotten me
Answer me save my will
Have you forgotten me

(Intro acoustic solo - J. M.)
(1st solo - F.A.)
(2nd solo - J.M.)

Top of Page Prelude To Ruin
(Matheos, Arch)
Look to sunrise man tell me what you see
The eagle has flown underground abandoned you
abandoned me
Fifty two falling stars are burning up the sky
Blazing torch falls to the ocean bottom where
black predictions lie
have you faith in scripture visions of kings
Reaper of reality your destiny the sisters sing
Vultures scavenge the subsconsious of our wandering minds
Their ally is time for all us to fall and yield
Our minds

We should be held so high and not looked down upon
We are the root of our country. Our roots
so firm and tranquil, when will the spirits be
welcomed, listen the music is heard again.
When there are lofty high roof tops and carved
walls and yielding crops
Palaces wild for the lusting. When
the forest is wild for hunting. Existence
of anyone thing has never been but the
prelude to ruin

Wars and temper tantrums are the make-
shifts of ignorance
Regrets illuminate. Depths beyond sin
is fathomed
Wandering through the devils field sowing
his seed

Guardian angel guide us through the night
we compel
His long constant fight. the Moerea they call
your destiny the sisters all of three.
Clotho she spun the tangled web to live the
thread so sensative. Lachesis she measured
out the years. Atropos cuts the thread
with her shears.

Time Time Time an imaginary line mine not
yours nor yours mine
They lead the blind back to mothers womb
tomb of the unborn child
Coming events cast their shadows before
wintery wind the eye of the storm witness
the past the future
Holds more prelude to ruin

We should be held so high and not looked down upon
We are the root of our country. Our roots
so firm and tranquil, when will the spirits be
welcomed, listen the music is heard again.
When there are lofty high roof tops and carved
walls and yielding crops
Palaces wild for the lusting. When
the forest is wild for hunting. Existence
of anyone thing has never been but...

(1st solo - F.A.)
(2nd solo - J.M.)

Top of Page Giant's Lore (Heart Of Winter)
(Arch, Aresti)
In a time long past tomorrow sleeping in the
castle of the black. In the Leland hills are
monster tracks of a giant. The dawn of
autumn playing in the garden of the rising
sun the children they run in the yard of the
giant. If he awakens he will crush them in the
earth, fear the children inherited at birth.

Thunder clouds close the skies he opened up
his eyes
he's awakened hears the children in his
paradise
You must leave this land forever more or
live behind these iron doors of the darkest
dungeon
So they left with the passing storm
The Gods were awakened they will crush
him in the earth. He is forsaken until he
shares his worth.

Kings queens pirate giants castle walls
and dungeon doors
Bound to earth treasures sunken heart to
the ocean floor -- I will remember knocking
on the cold side of your door
Spring came soon to the outside world but
the north wind whirled through the castle halls
Children played in the outside sun, frost
giants stayed in the garden walls. Seasons
past locked in winter he's filled with remorse
his frost bitten heart

Through a crack in the garden wall came
a child with the gift of spring the frost giants
went away
the dawn of autumn came into the garden
of the rising sun
They were all welcome in the yard of the giant
his heart was awakened he was forgiven then
Always remembered as a giant among men.

Kings queens pirate giants castle walls
and dungeon doors
Bound to earth treasures sunken heart to
the ocean floor - I will remember knocking
on the cold side of your door

(1st solo - J.M.)
(2nd solo - F.A.)

Top of Page Time Long Past
(Jim Matheos)
(Instrumental)

Top of Page Exodus
(Matheos, Arch)
Morning desert sun horizon rise above the
sands of time
Mystic journey to Arcana I travel starry
spheres in trine
Sands of the dunes dust of the bones
Swallow the trace of creatures left behind
Gods of the fire fall from the sky reaped
all the fruit and plagued earth dry

Distant vision tempting water fall to my
knees I'm going to drink it dry. Blazing
desert sun reflection on the water
He caught my eye
Up in a tree laughing at me vulture of
fear why don't you go away
You're mine one day
Spit out the sand
Be on your way

Exodus ascend the plane
Exile this medium of bondage far beyond
the myriads of crypts and pyramids beyond the
harpy vultures guarding their tombs
Arcana awaits
Exodus ascend the plane
Exile this medium of bondage far beyond the
the prophecy of tyrant guardians
Traject the esoteric sisters they are mythical
Arcana awaits you

Oh guardian predestination calls
Silent wind I felt what you said
Soon I'm exhumed for consummation
He charmed my soul with his book of the dead
He read it said bear no children
They will inhere the dormant fear in man
Sovereign the force more than emotion
It controls your destiny at hand

False guardian I will compel false as the
fear of heaven and hell
I should have known its all a mirage just as well
The power of good will not be shown by
conquering fear
Let it be known its a constant resist
Til your transformation

Morning desert sun horizon rise above the
sands of time
Mystic journey to Arcana I travel starry
spheres in trine
Sands of the dunes dust of the bones
Swallow the trace of creatures left behind
Gods of the fire fall from the sky reaped
all the fruit and plagued earth dry

Exodus ascend the plane
Exile this medium of bondage far beyond
the myriads of crypts and pyramids beyond the
harpy vultures guarding their tombs
Arcana awaits
Exodus ascend the plane
Exile this medium of bondage far beyond the
the prophecy of tyrant guardians
Traject the esoteric sisters they are mythical
Arcana awaits you

(1st solo - J.M.)
(2nd solo - F.A.)

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