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.
Patrik Johansson (a veteran of hard rock, having
also sung for bands such as Lion's Share and
has a husky, powerful voice that is very
reminiscient of Ronnie James Dio.
is also a fine reference point for the music, along
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