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Guardian

With musical influences centered around such bands as Guns N' Roses and Motley Crue, Guardian has become a powerful force in the gospel music industry. The Christian rockers, best known for such hits as "Power of Love" and "Shoeshine Johnny," have forged their way into the '90s with modern gospel metal.

Guardian was originally known as "Fusion" by its founders, bassist David Bach and vocalist Paul Cawley. Along with drummer Rikk Hart and guitarist David Caro, the band played at local gigs throughout the early '80s before finally obtaining a record deal from the Enigma label in 1985. When they found that there was already a band of the same name, they changed to Guardian and added guitarist Tony Palacios to replace Caro. Their album First Watch was released in 1989 and was followed by extensive touring.

When the band finished their tour in Japan, both Cawley and Hart left in 1990 after being unable to handle the stresses of touring. Bach and Palacios asked to be freed of their Enigma contract, requesting a more Christian label. They would be released later that year, and vocalist Jamie Rowe and drummer Karl Ney would be added around that same time. The new lineup began to record, finally releasing their first album on their new Pakaderm label, Fire and Love, in 1991. The response to the album was overwhelming, and the video filmed for their hit "Power of Love" was added to MTV's Headbangers Ball. After a more successful tour, Miracle Mile was released in early 1993, and the album reached the CCM Top Five. Miracle Mile was quickly followed by Swing Swang Swung in 1994, the band's experiment with acoustic music. By 1995, they had finally accepted the modern '90s mainstream rock that had become such a strong fad, and in a new agreement with Myrrh Records, they released Buzz that fall. After another tour and a Spanish disc recording, Guardian released Bottlerocket, their fifth studio album, in the spring of 1997. ~ Barry Weber, Rovi
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For the era, Stryper, Bride, Guardian, and Petra. All great in their own unique ways.
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how can anyone NOT love these guys
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I went through so many batteries listening to Guardians albums on my cassettes and CD Walkmans! Such good sound even in 2015 and the lyrics are still just as powerful!
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dshanebonnel l 6
If you like Gaurdian. I suggest Petra. Especially the early 80's
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elmerjcastro
Great band. Tony Palacios is a great guitarist for sure.
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Any band that sings praises to the Lord is rockin' awesome!
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Amazing band. Pulled First Watch off the shelf back in the 80's because they looked cool. Was amazed at Palacios' guitar work. Singing was super weak, and Jamie brought the much needed change. Stryper's Oz Fox produced the album. They were always a favorite for years of us all. Right up there with Stryper.
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They were really good
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Someone thought guardian was kings x, no way kings x are so much better
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Never Gona say goodbye was pretty rad, I saw them once in Michigan on swing swung swang your and got so wild in the so calls mosh Pitt and Jamie ask me to settle down from the stage
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Good sound
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This is my first time hearing anything from Fire and Love. Very good sound, but Miracle Mile is better.
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I absolutely LOVE this band. They remind me of Bon Jovi. Is that just me? :P
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rwh5702
Love Guardian
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This my favorite song by them
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I love there music. I've been listening to them for years. People need this music.
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ax8man
I was thinking that there is a sound similar to Mr. Big. Especially when the harmonies hit. Just my $.02.
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They are currently in the studio and raising money so check them out online and help
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There were so many great christian bands in the80's and 90's. Cornerstone during that time ROCKED! ROCK ON for the ROCK OF AGES!
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I agree with Larry Giberson.
Sounds like Tesla, which was one of my favorites before becoming a Christian.
It is good to find so much good Christian music I did not know about here on Pandora.
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I remember opening up for these guys in holt, mi , my 1st shoe with XALT
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mikefleming2
Are you sure this isn't Kings X?
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Saw these guys many times, and if I remember right Tony Palacios has a tattoo of Mickey Mouse riding a Chopper on his left leg. Cool!
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Great band, ROCK on!
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awesome band...remin d s me of Lynch Mob
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I miss some of these 80's and 90's bands
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Forgot how much i liked this band. Used to play them all the time on my radio show at Cal U
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music205
along with Bride, I also gotta get this group's CDs
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Rock on!
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pretty good
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Miracle Mile is one of my favorite rock albums from the 90's. By now I probably have almost worn out the cassette that I have.
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Wasn't bad at all, definitely sounds older though.
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herecomes2mo r r o w
these guys, like, MADE christian hard rock (and im glad someone did, because i like this genre and most secular has nasty lyrics)
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Guardian not only rawked up there with Stryper, they proved it in the late 90's by recording the entire Yellow and Black Attack as a tribute album. The album pictures are to die for! Especially the ones with their faces superimposed over the stryper members!! YeAAAAHGHHH! Can't quite reach to the top of Michael's opening!! But Guardian rocked it harder - 'cept Stryper is harder rockin now!
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Probably the premier band of the Christian Metal scene. Musically they could compete with anyone Christian or otherwise. Lyrically, their creativity soared above nearly anyone in Christian Metal.
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Good tunes, the group sounds like Tesla crashed into Talas. Great stuff!
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These guys rawked up ther with STRYPER! They can hold their own.

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