on 4 November 2013
If you read my review of their previous poor release "Requiem Of Time", I thought this album would probably be a make or break offering for them.
Well it's definitely not a 'break', but unfortunately not quite a 'make' either.
It's a step up from (Requiem) and (Astralism), but not the quality of the awesome (Evil Is Forever), or the very good
(Of The Son And The Father), or even the decent (New Revelation).
The majority of the album plods along with a lack of creativity, albeit with a heavier production, with only a few stand out moments, namely the opener 'Seventh Crusade', 'The Battle Of Jacobs Ford' and possibly the final two tracks.
I may be slightly harsh with these comments, but they did set the bar very high with their previously named better albums.
Nils is still one of my favourite rock singers and he can certainly make an average song into a good one.
It's definitely growing on me, so will keep faith with them for the time being.
Sometimes you just need a platter of old fashioned heavy metal served up on a bed of even more heavy metal, with a side order of heavy metal. And that's exactly what Astral Doors have served up on their latest CD. So, if you're looking for some Dio-esque eighties style tunes, then this is somewhere you're going to feel at home.
I've actually only heard one of their previous five albums and, to be honest, it didn't make much of an impression. This one, however, struck all the right chords (ha!), and was an enjoyable blast from beginning to end. There are cliches galore as they look back to my favourite era of metal, but it doesn't really matter as they crack out galloping numbers like 'Child of Rock N' Roll' and 'Babylon Rise'. Did I mention Dio-esque a minute ago? For sure, it's full of heavy riffs and catchy melodies, just like it used to be.
Not all the songs are out of the top drawer, and there a couple of skippers in the shape of 'Suicide Rime' and 'Operation Freedom', but pound for pound this is good value across the eleven tracks. The band, as a whole, put in a really good shift, and if you're looking for something to switch off to, while you pump your fist in the air and bang your head, then "Jersualem" is a good place to be.