Astral Doors
New Revelation

1. New Revelation
2. Freedom War
3. Pentecostal Bound
4. Bastard Son
5. Waiting for the Master
6. Planet Earth
7. Quisling
8. Cold War Survivor
9. The Gates of Light
10. Shores of Solitude
11. Mercenary Man
12. Lament of the East
13. 21st Century Medieval

Nils Patrik Johansson - Vocals
Joachim Nordlund - Guitars
Martin Haglund - Guitars
Mika Itäranta - Bass
Johan Lindstedt - Drums
Jocke Roberg - Keyboards

Of the Son and the Father (2003)
Evil Is Forever (2005)
Raiders of the Ark - EP (2005)
Astralism (2006)
New Revelation (2007)
Requiem Of Time (2010)
Testament of Rock (2010)

Jerusalem (2011)
Notes From the Shadows (2014)



Released 2016-06-24
Reviewed 2016-06-12



Astral Doors had a new revelation back in 2007 and now that revelation once again sees the light of day as a rerelease on the Metalville label. It may seem like a bit of short frame of time for an album to be released again but we get the two bonus tracks that were found on the Japanese version of the album so at least there is some bonus. Not best looking artwork in the catalogue but it is no point judging a book by its cover so lets see what is inside that cover of this album that makes the catalogue of reissues on Metalville complete.

Musically anyone who has ever heard an album by Astral Doors will know how this sounds as it isn’t exactly branching out in any different direction. It is rather classic heavy/power metal album with a vocalist that is very reminiscent of the late Ronny James Dio, it has the classic riffs, rather catchy choruses and typical variation of songs that is in line with what we usually hear on these kinds of albums. It is a very solid heavy metal production with great sound and everything.

There isn’t really that much to say about a band like Astral Doors, they make strong heavy metal music but rarely anything that really stands out. None of their albums disappoint but they don’t often make anything that stand out either. According to me this is their best effort to date, it feels like they realise their concept more or less fully here and make a very strong album. I like it more than all of their other albums and though it may not be that interesting stylistically but it is a terrific heavy metal album. It is one that I can recommend for all of you who either enjoy heavy metal or this band.

The songs are very good on this album; I think the title track and Quisling are the most memorable ones on the album. I think this is a very appealing album and an excellent start for anyone who wants to get to know and learn to enjoy this good Swedish band.



Label: Metalville
Three similar bands: Black Sabbath/Rainbow/Dio
Rating: HHHHHHH (5/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm

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