albums will always split the fans into two categories; those, who have enough
knowledge about the band to totally ignore these kinds of releases and those,
who know next to nothing about the band.
first segment there is only one previously unreleased song on this album, and it
falls nicely in line with everything they've released since 2002, where they
debuted with their semi-genre-classic "Of the Son and the Father". The other
segment will be blessed with a brilliant selection of what I consider the
absolute jewels from their 5 studio album they've released in the past 8 years.
I wouldn't change a thing, which is very seldom when dealing with a compilation.
starts and ends with Nils Patrick Johansson and throughout the 13 classic songs
he shows why many consider him one of the brightest stars on the Swedish metal
vocalist scene. He alone lifts this band up among the ones worthy of every metal
fans attention. To any newcomer to the band, this is classic heavy rock solid
placed in the 70s hard rock and heavy rock, with a pinch of today’s influences
by a very good band, performed at a high technical level and overall a special
blend that need not to hide in the shadow of anyone.
But this is
still just a retrospect of their past, sort of a transition to the next chapter
in the history of Astral Doors. Most likely only for metal fans that for
some reason has missed out on them earlier on...