Origin: Sweden
Genres: Traditional Metal
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Astral Doors  


With power metal still enormously popular in Europe, it's nice to hear a band with a more traditional take on classic metal. Astral Doors formed in 2002 and debuted a year later with Of The Son And Father. Vocalist Patrik Johansson (a veteran of hard rock, having also sung for bands such as Lion's Share and Wuthering Heights) has a husky, powerful voice that is very reminiscient of Ronnie James Dio. Dio is also a fine reference point for the music, along with Rainbow and perhaps a bit of Deep Purple -- in other words, classic heavy metal with a faint 70's edge, due in no small part to Joakim Roberg's tasteful Hammond organ work. Of The Son And Father is very much a sum of its influences, but yet the album comes across as fresh and invigorating rather than stale and dated. Traditional metal fans will no doubt enjoy this band immensely.

Current Members

Nils Patrik Johansson

vocals (Lion's Share)

Joachim Nordlund

guitars

Ulf Lagerström

bass

Joakim Roberg

keyboards

Johan Lindstedt

drums

Former Members/Guests

Martin Haglund

guitars

Mika Itäranta

bass


Discography



Of The Son And The Father 
2003 Locomotive
  1. Cloudbreaker
  2. Of The Son And The Father
  3. Hungry People
  4. Slay The Dragon
  5. Ocean Of Sand
  6. In Prison For Life
  7. The Trojan Horse
  8. Burn Down The Wheel
  9. Night Of The Witch
  10. Rainbow In Your Mind
  11. Man On The Rock
  12. Far Beyond The Astral Doors (*)
  13. Moonstruck Woman (*)
  • Nils Patrik Johansson
  • Joachim Nordlund
  • Martin Haglund
  • Mika Itäranta
  • Joakim Roberg
  • Johan Lindstedt

Reviews:   Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



Evil Is Forever 
2005 Locomotive
  1. Bride Of Christ
  2. Time To Rock
  3. Evil Is Forever
  4. Lionheart
  5. Praise The Bones
  6. Pull The Break
  7. Fear In Their Eyes
  8. Stalingrad
  9. From The Cradle To The Grave
  10. The Flame
  11. Path To Delirium
  12. Another Day In Hell (Japanese bonus track)
  • Nils Patrik Johansson
  • Joachim Nordlund
  • Martin Haglund
  • Mika Itäranta
  • Joakim Roberg
  • Johan Lindstedt

Reviews:   Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



(EP) Raiders Of The Ark 
2005 Locomotive
  1. Raiders Of The Ark
  2. Easy Rider
  3. Far Beyond The Astral Doors
  4. Another Day In Hell
  5. Moonstruck Woman
  • Nils Patrik Johansson
  • Joachim Nordlund
  • Martin Haglund
  • Mika Itäranta
  • Joakim Roberg
  • Johan Lindstedt




Astralism 
2005 Locomotive
  1. EVP
  2. Black Rain
  3. London Caves
  4. From Satan With Love
  5. Fire In Our House
  6. Israel
  7. Raiders Of The Ark
  8. Tears From A Titan
  9. Oliver Twist
  10. Vendetta
  11. The Green Mile
  12. In Rock We Trust
  13. Apocalypse Revealed
  14. The Astral Friar (Bonus Japan)
  • Nils Patrik Johansson
  • Joachim Nordlund
  • Martin Haglund
  • Mika Itäranta
  • Joakim Roberg
  • Johan Lindstedt

Reviews:   Blabbermouth  Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



New Revelation 
2007 Locomotive
  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
  • Nils Patrik Johansson
  • Joachim Nordlund
  • Martin Haglund
  • Mika Itäranta
  • Joakim Roberg
  • Johan Lindstedt

Reviews:   Lords Of Metal 



Requiem Of Time 
2010 Metalville
  1. Testament of Rock
  2. Power and the Glory
  3. Rainbow Warrior
  4. Call of the Wild
  5. St. Peter's Cross
  6. So Many Day So Many Nights
  7. Blood River
  8. Anthem of the Dark
  9. Metal DJ
  10. Fire and Flame
  11. Greenfield of Life
  12. The Healer
  13. Evil Spirits Fly
  14. When Darkness Comes




Testament Of Rock - The Best Of Astral Doors  COMPILATION
2010 Metalville
  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




Jerusalem 
2011 Metalville
  1. Seventh Crusade
  2. With A Stranger's Eye
  3. Child Of Rock 'N' roll
  4. Pearl Harbor
  5. Lost Crucifix
  6. Babylon Rise
  7. Suicide Rime
  8. The Battle Of Jacob's Ford
  9. Operation Freedom
  10. The Day After Yesterday
  11. Jerusalem

Reviews:   Metal Underground 

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