Out now on Metalville Records.
Hitting their 10th anniversary, Swedishn traditional metallers Astral Doors celebrate their sixth studio album with “Jerusalem”. If you’re new to the band, simply said they are straight up classic metal ala Dio/Tony Martin era Sabbath or Dio. A classic guitar/Hammond tag team over a driving rhythm section coupled with the vocals of the Dio/Jorn Lande-esque Nils Patrik Johansson, a fine vocalist who just happens to have sung on some of my favourite albums with Richard Andersson’s Space Odyssey.
“Jerusalem” for the most part is more of the same, bred from the same pot that produced their other works and whilst it may all seem a little too predictable to some, the band manage to maintain your attention throughout with good riffs and strong hooks. Nothing overtly fancy or pretentious just good riffs, a solid back beat and a charismatic frontman and really its all you need.
The production however is not quite as strong as on earlier albums ala “Of The Son And Father” and “Evil Is Forever” but again not too much to gripe about.
Highlights are plentiful from the opening assault of “7th Crusade”, “Pearl Harbour”. “Babylon Rise” shows a slight variation in the bands theme taking some unexpected turns. “Suicide Rime” is sure to get some dandruff flying at gigs whilst fans of epic productions will be well pleased with “The Battle Of Jacob’s Ford”.
Overall album number 6 doesn’t through up any real surprises, yet the quality of song writing is still on a par with albums of yore. Solid and dependable, get some Astral Doors into your life with “Jerusalem” being as good a place to start as any.
Rating – 84%