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Album Review

To some Christian fundamentalists, the term "Christian metal" is an oxymoron. They argue that headbangers glorify decadence, promiscuity, and everything else that religious people should avoid—so how can you be a Christian and a headbanger? But metal, like any other form of music, is what the artist chooses to make it. Sure, metal lyrics can be about sex and drugs and rock & roll, but that is hardly mandatory — a headbanger could also write about anything from political issues to Hinduism and the Bhagavad Gita. For Guardian, metal and hard rock were a way to promote Christianity; this 1990 release combines a Christian message with a slick, glossy pop-metal sound á la Bon Jovi and Def Leppard. Fire & Love doesn't have Bon Jovi or Leppard's hooks, but it's generally decent, if a bit uneven. One thing that probably explains why this CD is mildly inconsistent is the fact that Guardian had been through so many personnel changes; by the time Fire & Love was recorded, the band's four-man lineup included only one original member (bassist David Bach) and three more recent additions: lead singer Jamie Rowe, guitarist Tony Palacios, and drummer Karl Ney. So the new lineup was probably experiencing growing pains in 1990; nonetheless, one hears potential on tunes that range from the single "Power of Love" to the power ballad "Never Say Goodbye." Although Fire & Love has a Christian outlook, Guardian isn't in-your-face about it and doesn't beat listeners over the head with its message (which explains why MTV didn't find the band objectionable). Is Fire & Love Guardian's best release? No, but it has more ups than downs and successfully demonstrates that a Christian message and a pop-metal/hard rock sound are not incompatible.

Customer Reviews

Taking a Stand Never Sounded so Good

Single-handedly (OK, maybe along with Bride), these guys dominated the miniscule Christian rock market of the 90's. This album takes you back to those days of early question: where was Christian rock going? Powerfully melodic and strong guitar riffs, and bold vocal talent were the one-two punches, followed up by an uppercut of lyrics that were memorable and creative.

Fire and Love

This album rocks from start to finish delivering a great message. Jamie's vocals are powerful and by far the best christian rock of their day. Tracks like Forever and a Day and Never Say Goodbye stands as strong as the major rock bands of the eighties .I only wish I had the chance to see them in concert.

Great hard rock and guitars!

This is Guardian's second CD and one of my favorites. Tony Palacios plays smokin' guitars and Jamie Rowe's vocals are great. It rocks and is another of my favorite CD's (OK, so I guess I have several favorites). Especially good are tracks 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, (okay, they're all good). Track 10, "Never Say Goodbye" is a great acoustic song that talks about how God is always with us, gave His Son for us, will never say goodbye. Great Rockin' CD with great message. Get It. :)


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s

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...
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