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Tuesday, 25 November 2014
ASTRAL DOORS – Notes From The Shadows (CD)
Astral Doors have been around for quite
some time now and even though singer Patrik Johansson is now fronting
post-Sabaton band Civil War, he still delivers the goods on the new Astral
Doors release. He still puts on his best vocal Ronnie Dio suite, which I did
have some problems with initially, but I’ve actually grown to like the guy.
He’s also taken on a more personal approach and it’s become more of his own
style now. Conclusion: I really like it! The musical delivery is also top
notch. The track “Disciples Of The Dragon Lord” actually reminds me quite a lot
of Accept, especially the powerful guitars and the “Balls To The
Wall” style choir. This is a really good piece of classic hard rock/metal like
they it’s supposed to be done. Power chords straight between the eyes, a wall
of guitars, keyboards filling out the voids in the background, stomping drums
and powerful vocals. “Wailing Wall” is a perfect example, and it also has an
element of Jake E Lee style “Bark At The Moon” chugging. Great lead work from
guitarist Joachim Nordlund!“Shadowchaser” has a riff way too reminiscent of “Man Of The Silver
Mountain” for comfort, but ok, I’ll look away as the rest of the songs is no
where close. “Die Alone” is a really great, epic and powerful song in the vein
of UK band Tytan (probably my first comparison because I just listened to the
excellent “Blind Men And Fools”). The intro riff of “Walker And Stalker” bears
quite a big resemblance with the riff in Ozzy’s “Miracle Man”. It seems like
Astral Doors have, quite deliberately, snuck in their influences in each of the
songs. I have no problem with that. It does instead have its charm, since it’s
only brief stuff here and there. This is a really good album indeed!