Astral Doors

Rating: 90/100

Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen, January '05
Locomotive Music
Style: 80's Heavy Metal

Evil Is Forever

I hope a lot of you still have fond memories of Astral Doors' first album "Of The Son And The Father"? I surely do, because it was my introduction to the brilliant new Swedish vocal God: Nils Patrik Johansson.

Later on he made appearances on Wuthering Height's "Far From The Madding Crowd" and Space Odyssey's "Embrace The Galaxy", but to me it's still the performance on Astral Doors, that stands out for me.

The songs on this album picks up where they left us back in 2003, and maybe that my biggest complain - I don't feel they've evolved enough during the last couple of years. Again we are offered 11 high quality songs inspired by the likes of Black Sabbath (Tony Martin era), Rainbow and Dio, not a single track falls short, but on the other hand I can't say one or two is head and shoulder above the others.

The album has a very good production, the technical level is very high, Nils Patrick sings, well as expected, excellent. If you loved their first album, then I am sure you'll love this one as well, because they maintain the very high standard set with that one. Don't get me wrong, this is a very good album, one that will surely help Astral Doors to even bigger things.

I rate this album as high as their first one, and can only suggest all metal fans to take a listen to this great Swedish metal outfit ...

Recommended tracks: “Time To Rock”, “Lionheart”, "Stalingrad" and “The Flame”