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Astral Doors - 2006 Astralism

ARTIST: Astral Doors
ALBUM: Astralism
LABEL: Locomotive Music
YEAR: 2006


LINEUP: Patrik Johansson - vocals * Martin Haglund - guitars * Joachim Nordlund - guitars * Joakim Roberg - organ * Mika Itaranta - bass * Johan Lindstedt - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 EVP * 02 Black Rain * 03 London Caves * 04 From Satan With Love * 05 Fire In Our House * 06 Israel * 07 Raiders Of The Ark * 08 Tears From A Titan * 09 Oliver Twist * 10 Vendetta * 11 The Green Mile * 12 In Rock We Trust * 13 Apocalypse Revealed



This Swedish outfit have been knocking on a few doors since their official arrival in 2003. We're not just talking about other-worldly doors to the unknown either, as their name might suggest. What is known is that Astral Doors occupy a space that borders on the cusp of the hard rock and the pure metal realms. Places well known to many of our readers who would consider either to be heavenly or devilishly good. It certainly won't take a lot to demystify the message that is coming through on their latest platter 'Astralism'. Sick of all the crap going on in world affairs right now (guess where?), the band invite all religious followers of metal to drop their guns and swords and bow to the might of rock 'n' roll, where everything is a level playing field. Astralism rather than fanaticsm!

The Songs
Musically this is sounding like a mix of old school Pretty Maids and modern-day metal. Vocalist Patrik Johansson has much in common with the Jorn Lande style of metal than Ronnie Atkins, but the overall sound is indicative of the eighties decade than anything else, with a few passing shots at Dio and a fave band of Astral Doors.. being Rainbow. Their pre-occupation with subject matter revolving around the spiritual and occult has manifested itself more than ever. The song content also takes a dig at religious zealots and all those who deliver false promises in the name of God. Religious leaders from the Vatican to Iraq take note, 'Astralism' is aimed at you. Their intent is evident from the outset, 'EVP' and 'Black Rain' are a couple of powerful tunes to warm us up. Thew wonderfully titled 'From Satan With Love' chugs along in typical Dio fashion, the title in reference to mankind's fall into decadence and depravity. Pretty Maids is the obvious reference point on 'Fire In Our House', the speedy guitar riffs all too familiar. 'Israel' is a tune about that country's unrelenting attitude in the face of adversity from Islam and Palestine. 'Raiders Of The Ark' is a track previously heard on their EP of the same name from October 2005. The band also know how to crank up a metal anthem.. listen to 'In Rock We Trust' as an example. Probably the only thing missing on this CD is a change-up moment. Thirteen continuous tracks of metal can be a bit overkill.

In Summary
Astral Doors 2005 album 'Evil Is Forever' is a shade heavier than this album I feel, though take nothing away from 'Astralism', as it attempts to capture the audience with more than just bludgeoning riffs. The band are gonna be busy on the touring circuit, including a 25 gig tour with German prog metallers Blind Guardian later in the year. In the meantime, old school metallers with a fancy for Pretty Maids, early Rainbow and Dio will take some comfort with this CD.

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