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Astral Doors: Notes From The Shadows

Sweden's Astral Doors have been releasing engaging albums since debuting in 2003 with Of The Sun And The Father. Album seven Notes From The Shadows is another solid outing as Astra Door's classic styled material continues in the vein of those music legends Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, Whitesnake and the like. Patrik Johansson (Lion's Share, Wuthering Heights, Civil War) has such a fitting voice for a metal/rock group it's really little wonder that he ably fronts more than one band. While yes he is reminiscent of others there's still no mistaking Johansson's snarling vocals.

It's a positive start for Notes From The Shadows as Astral Doors kick off with a powerful buoyant tune called "The Last Temptation of Christ", "Disciples of the Dragon Lord" is a slower track that is equally as potent with strong use of melodies. A mid paced stomping metal tune with a lively guitar style "Wailing Walls" is one of the standouts on Notes From The Shadows, "Shadowchaser" tastefully hooks you in incorporating those bluesy/hammond organ/ballsy metal sounds. "Die Alone" is a track of quite some length, that is nine minutes and Astral Door's make great use of the extended duration. There is a great deal to like elsewhere such as the short-lived organ instrumental "Hoodoo Ceremony", that catchy mid paced metal of "Walker The Stalker" which has a similar guitar sound to Ozzy's "Miracle Man", and closer "Confessions" boasts more hypnotic classic styled heavy rocking.

Notes From The Shadows is another filler less satisfying platter of traditional metal/hard rock from the always dependable Astral Doors.

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Track Listing
1. The Last Temptation of Christ
2. Disciples of the Dragon Lord
3. Wailing Wall
4. Shadowchaser
5. Die Alone
6. Hoodoo Ceremony
7. Southern Conjuration
8. Walker the Stalker
9. Desert Nights
10. In the Name of Rock
11. Confessions Transport League: Boogie

Added: November 22nd 2014
Reviewer: Scott Jessup
Related Link: Band Website
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Language: english

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Astral Doors: Notes From The Shadows
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2014-11-22 07:05:35
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Album number seven from the always dependable Astral Doors once again shows why this underrated band deserves your attention. Notes From the Shadows displays their penchant for crafting catchy heavy rock fare clearly influenced by the greats such as Whitesnake, Deep Purple, Rainbow, Dio, and Black Sabbath. Led by the stellar vocals of Patrik Johansson, who, like Jorn Lande, has a style that seems to mix the best of Ronnie James Dio with David Coverdale, the band delivers powerful, majestic songs throughout Notes From the Shadows. Crunchy riffs & engaging keyboards drive the soaring old school metal of "Disciples of the Dragon Lord", and the heavy hitting "The Last Temptation of Christ" is a must hear for any fan of classic Deep Purple. Joachim Nordlund's screaming guitar riffs permeate the thunderous "Wailing Wall", and the bluesy metal of "Shadowchaser" recalls vintage Whitesnake. Perhaps the most intriguing song here is the epic 9-minute "Die Alone", where classic metal & hard rock meet prog, complete with inventive riffing, commanding Hammond organ, and the powerful vocals of NPJ.

To put it simply, there's just one quality anthem after another here on Notes From the Shadows, a must hear for any fan of old school metal & hard rock. Astral Doors have long been one of the most overlooked bands on the scene, and it's high time the world took notice of all they have to offer.

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