Legendary progressive metal act Fates Warning celebrated the 30th anniversary of the release of their third album, Awaken The Guardian in 2016. To celebrate this occassion, guitarist Jim Matheos got together the Awaken The Guardian era lineup of the band for two festival shows last year at the Keep it True XIX and Prog Power USA XVII. These shows were filmed and recorded in their entirety for a special DVD/Blu-Ray release of Awaken the Guardian Live, due out on April 28th through Metal Blade Records.
The Keep It True XIX footage was recorded on April 30th, 2016 in Lauda-Konigshofen, Germany, while the Prog Power USA footage was recorded on September 9th, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. The mixing and mastering was done by Bill Metoyer at SkullSeven Studio in North Hollywood, California and it also features direction, design, and artwork by Ioannis (dangerousage.com), making this a must-have piece for any fan's collection. Awaken The Guardian vocalist John Arch commented, "It was truly a surreal experience being able to share the spirit of Awaken The Guardian at these shows. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the fans that have given back so much over the 30 year span since the album's release. To all our family and friends, much gratitude."