THE GUARDIAN - DRAGONLAND
METAL TO INFINITY
Belgian Metal...well, we had a several bands during the eighties more than worth to mention them once again. We're living in the new millennium and we can't denied there's a lot chenged since those days but i'll never forget the almighty, glorious 80s with fabulous works of bands such as: Cyclone, Crossfire, Acid, Thunderfire, Ostrogoth, Killer, Trial, Black Shepherd, Asphyxia and so on. The point is that Belgian Metal always lived on and on in the hearts of all those who were there during the eighties.
After two decades of Metal music, a lot of things changes. More and more bands began to play in a more modern way and i have my personal thoughts about that. But the great news is there are still Belgian bands never let loose the eighties tradition. One of these bands is named "The Guardian". Raised by vocalist / guitarist Luke Lambreachts and drummer Ronny Smeekens in 1997. Their goal to achieve was setting up a true Heavy Metal band and after fulfilling the line up, they were ready to kick ass. Palle Kesteloot took the backing vox / rhythm guitras for his account while Peter Claessens was ready to handle his loaded bass guitar with power and might (later on, Peter's replaced by Stef De Bruyn).
First strike was a nine track, self financed album "Imagination", released in 1999 and a second followed only one year later. Title of that album was "Don't Want You", another nine song Metal assault. "Live At Tell 18" was the band's third album, released in 2002. Three albums in three years is quite fantastic and due to very positive reactions from all over Europe and far outside, The Guardian started the recordings of "Dragonland", actually their fourth effort and saw the light in 2003. Haven't heard their previous works but i can't tell you something about their latest.
This is Heavy Metal, eighties influenced and they don't care about all the modern shit. It reminds me of the good old days and that's amazing to me. Not to spectacular, flameable guitar riffs / solo's, only the driven force of a band with a burning passion for the 80s scene is what you can expect from them. To me, the ultimate combination of NWOBHM and Epic or Classic Metal. The guardian's singer do it all in his own way. He don't look to others, no way...Luke just sings in a way he likes and that's the spirit you know! Don't care about the rest, just do your own thing and that's it.
"See Me Coming", "Rings Of Dead", "Never Again", "Dragonland" are just a few great songs to mention. Far away from all the modern crap of today, still hooked on the eighties traditions...The Guardian is a fantastic band and the best news of all is that there is a new album well under way to be release at the end of 2005. "Open Your Eyes" is the title and you better practice what you read. It's gonna be a album, loaded with tons of great Metal tunes...i'm pretty sure about that. Awaiting the new album, please take a look at their website right HERE. MY POINTS: 88 / 100
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