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Watchmen - Fear No Evil 1987

$60.00

01. Fear No Evil

02. Tug of War

03. Set Free

04. The Healer

05. Kingdom Come

06. Power from the Land

07. Christian Soldier

08. His Song

 

Line-up:

Greg Sweet - Lead And Backing Vocals

Dave Van Liew - Guitar, Backing Vocals

Kevin Antholt - Keyboards, Backing Vocals

Kevin Whistler - Additional Drums, Percission

Brook Lizotte - Additional keyboards

Doug Larson - Bass, Backing Vocals

 

Watchmen started out as a heavy metal band, and released their first independent demo release in 1987. I've never heard it, but this was supposedly a much heavier effort than what is the case with their first full-length album, released in Regency Records in 1989. 'Generation' gives you poppy, keyboard saturated hard rock, complete with a saxophone player on the ballads!

The band is said to have been very displeased with the production of this album, and combined with the labels disability to distribute it, became the main reasons the band chose to call it quits. The material shows some promise of what could have been. with the right producer,Watchmen could have enjoyed as much respect as Rage Of Angels or Bloodgood (a Band Drummer Kevin Whistler later would join).

As it is now, they are but a footnote in the Christian metal history, bound to collect dust in the shelves of us die hard collectors, It is a shame this group only did two albums (Generation & Fear No Evil) / this Band is a terrific group that has done some great Christian metal songs. Lyrics are great as well and the Guitar work is as good as any other Great Band. Must listen to appreciate. /

Guitarist David Van Liew proves equally talented, adorning the album with an abundance of sharp sounding and blues influenced lead Guitar Work. Keyboardist Kevin Anholt does a good job adding just the right amount of texture to the Bands Sound. The top notch rhythm section of drummer Kevin Whisler and Bassist Doug Larson, however, end up being held back by the albums production problems.

A muddy production job with slightly bass heavy sonics prevents Generation from reaching its potential. The rhythm guitar comes across thin and transparent. The rhythm section more often than not gets buried in the mix. Only the Lead Guitar rises above the instrumentation as it should. An effective mix of Rhythm Guitar and keyboards drives "Turn" forward until vocal harmonies enter the mix as it approaches a chorus with a good catchy hook. After the song stops dead in its tracks, Van Liew follows with twenty seconds of bluesy lead guitar work. "Turn" talks about turning from the darkness to the light:

My hobby is collecting Christian metal. When I was a kid, I was really impressed by their song Fear No Evil on the 1988 Underground Metal (a Christian bookstore classic) Compilation. It was very much like Dio, and a tad heavier than Dio. That is what I expected of this album.

If I'm correct their first album was also of the same title which I heard is very Dio like. It is rare and high on my want list. Sad that I can't say the same for Generation. They added Saxaphone parts that don't even fit the music. It's like Hall & Oats trying to be heavy. All in all it's just generic commercial rock of the era. The cassette is still in my collection. Even if I hate an album, I still can't let it go like a music pack rat.

It is a shame this group only did two albums (Generation & Fear No Evil), this band is a terrific group that has done some great Christian metal songs. Lyrics are great as well and the guitar work is as good as any other great band. Must listen to appreciate.

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