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Watchmen - 1989 Generation

ARTIST: Watchmen
ALBUM: Generation
LABEL: Regency
SERIAL: REGR 8224 (LP), 790-082-2488 (CD)
YEAR: 1989


LINEUP: Greg Sweet - vocals * Dave Van Liew - guitars, vocals * Kevin Antholt - keyboards, vocals * Doug Larson - bass, vocals

Guests: Brook Lizotte - additional keyboards * Kevin Whisler - additional drums and percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Turn * 02 Stand Strong * 03 Straight * 04 Best Friend * 05 Breakin' The Chains * 06 United * 07 I Will Be There * 08 Defenders * 09 One Day

With a name like Watchmen, you'd be thinking this lot were as dubious as Church Of Scientology alumni, or some positive mens movement a la Promise Keepers. But no, these guys practice melodic rock, albeit with a slight Christian message. In fact, these Seattle boys just about make it to AOR territory, but pull up just short of the gate. Watchmen operate in the same territory as bands like Barren Cross, Rage Of Angels and Bloodgood. The Bloodgood connection is appropriate as personnel have appeared in that band too. Dave Van Liew is well known in Seattle music circles, plus his brother Steve was part of the metal band Overlord.

The Songs
So what about the songs? Some in Christian rock circles consider this album a classic. Err really? I'm not sure what sort of divine intervention is required on my part, but when I heard horns blaring through on 'Best Friend' I was thinking.. what the heck have we got here? It sounded like Frankie Miller doing gospel. Notwithstanding that errant moment, the band actually deliver on a few promises, but only fleetingly. 'Defenders' is very good, The opener 'Turn' sounds very similar to GDAZE faves Sweet Crystal, while 'Straight' keeps the 80's hard rock flag flyin' high. The other tracks, I can take or leave it.

In Summary
I had been keen on hearing this for many years, but the end result when I finally got around to it was a disappointment for me. The vocals of Greg Sweet aren't the best, with a better singer and more consistent songs, this band could've been a better proposition, instead they are stuck in the mire. In an era populated by the likes of Petra, White Heart and Whitecross, these guys got lost in the wash. As always these albums are graced by excellent production, but the material on 'Generation' leaves a lot to be desired.

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#1 | reyno-roxx on June 10 2009 10:23:02
Dave Van Liew used to be the guitarist in an excellent Seattle glam band called Lipstick. Bassist Doug Larson used to be a member of Dave's brother Steve Van Liew's band Overlord.
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