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Astral Doors
Testament Of Rock-The Best Of Astral Doors
February 2011
Released: 2011, Metalville
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: JP

We don’t usually spend too much time here at Metal-Rules writing about compilation albums but Astral Doors are a pretty kick-ass band and so this is your public service announcement about the new disc. Besides, these guys don’t get enough appreciation in my estimation.

There is a disadvantage of writing a review based on a promo copy, which is what this review is. These collections can live or die based on the merit of the packaging. Yes, you read correctly, the packaging. Does this collection have a ton of photos, an essay, liner notes, history, a discography? I don’t know! I hope so because these little extras might persuade an Astral Doors fan who already owns the albums to pick up the collection.

So what other incentives are there to check this collection out? Well, assuming you are die-hard Astral Doors fan, not much. There is one new track called Victory and a pair of remixed, re-mastered tracks. Big Deal. This should have been expanded to include the Japanese bonus tracks. I think they have at least 10 Japanese bonus tracks floating around that would have nicely filled out a second disc. There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to the track sequence.

If you are new to the band this is an excellent starting point with a few tracks from each of the first five albums sampling the best of each. Nils has one of the best voices in Metal in my opinion and if you haven’t heard his work this is your chance. You see, perspective is everything.

Splitting the difference on the score, a poorly executed compilation balanced by 14 world-class cuts of pure Swedish Power Metal... call it a draw, but the one new song tips the scales bumping TESTAMENT OF ROCK from a 2.5 a three out of five. Based solely on the music alone the band crank that rating it to a 4.5 out of five. If you think the band sucks drop the score to a one out of five. Confused yet? Just buy the damn thing.
Track Listing

1. Cloudbreaker
2. Time To Rock
3. Of The Son And The Father
4. Black Rain
5. Power And The Glory
6. Bride Of Christ
7. New Revelation
8. Slay The Dragon
9. London Caves
10. Evil Is Forever
11. Lionheart
12. Quisling
13. Testament Of Rock
14. Victory


Nils Patrik Johansson - Vocals
Joachim Nordlund - Guitar
Ulf Lagerström - Bass
Johan Lindstedt - Drums
Jocke Roberg - Keyboards

Assorted former members

Mika Itäranta - Bass
Martin Haglund - Guitar



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