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Astral Doors
New Revelation
November 2007
Released: 2007, Locomotive Records/ Intromental Management
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall

It’s time for this Swedish act to follow up last years’ ASTRALISM with their fourth album to date. They began working on it right after they completed their tour supporting Blind Guardian in Europe last year. Astral Doors delivers high-voltage energy-oozing classic old-school hard rock and nothing else. It’s heavy and hard with razor-sharp guitar riffs and heavy, pounding guitars, all topped off with the amazing voice of the best hard rock singer in Europe today – Patrik Johansson. If I say that Johansson has huge similarities with both Ronnie James Dio and David Coverdale, you know that he’s not to be played around with.

NEW REVELATION is a lesson in how proper classical hard rock should be played. This album is completely amazing and it doesn’t have a dull moment. It has all the content a metal album ought to have: strong material with catchy hooks teamed up with a kick-ass vocalist and elite musicians that really know how to deliver solid metal music. The band worked with different elements, moods and variations, but they have not lost the trademark Astral Doors sound. The band has made a magnificent album that will surely knock out everyone who buys it.

I have nothing negative to say about NEW REVELATION. It’s truly a revelation in itself. A short tour though Europe is scheduled, so don’t miss it if they come to your town. If you have not discovered Astral Doors yet, now is the time.
Track Listing

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


Patrik Johansson – lead vocals
Martin Haglund – guitar
Joachim Nordlund – guitar
Joakim Roberg – organ
Mika Höranta – bass
Johan Lindstedt – drums

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