325. Fire and Love – Guardian



As the big hair” metal trend began to wane some bands were able to escape the pigeon holing the music industry was known for.l Those bands included Motley Crue, Guns and Roses, Bon Jovi and, in Christian circles, Guardian. After an EP released through Stryper’s mainstream label, Enigma, the band asked to be released to pursue more Christian ventures. After the Oz Fox (Stryper) produced debut was met with decent results the band enlisted the help of producing brothers, John and Dino Elefante. This, coupled with some vital membership changes took Guardian to a whole new level of acceptance and popularity.

The first album produced by the Elefante’s and released on their Pakaderm label was “Fire and Love,” and soon the band blew up. Taking a more refined hard rock sound with touches of GNR, Bon Jovi and Van Halen, the band reached new heights. It did nopt hurt that the better production quality focused on superb vocalist Jamie Rowe and guitar god Tony Polacios.

Of all of the bands from the era in CCM it always seemed like Guardian was the one most likely to be poised for success in the mainstream market. Their quality always seemed a notch above and the songwriting completely in tune with what was happening musically at the time. They also never appeared preachy despite having very “Christian” content lyrically.


  1. Jon
    March 10, 2011 at 5:18 am

    This is due in large part to the time of my life that it came out, but this is one of my favorite albums of all time, in any genre. I still listen to this one pretty often.

  2. June 7, 2011 at 3:09 am

    Thanks for ranking this CD. This is probably my favorite Guardian project.

    Thanks for undertaking this project! It has been a lot of fun reading the list and learning about new bands.

  3. January 29, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    This started to unlock what was special about this band but I thought Miracle Mile was their first great album. Swing Swang Swung would actually be a top 100 pick for me, I think.

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