The debut “Of the Son and the Father” arrived in 2003 to immense critical fanfare, although the crucified priests on the cover succumbed to censorship in Japan where the album was also rechristened “Cloudbreaker”.
In the following years, Astral Doors barely made it impossible for the audience to forget them by bombarding said audience with new releases, one more breathtaking than the other: “Evil Is Forever” (2005), “Raiders of the Ark EP” (2005) and “Astralism” (2006). The band also performed at the perennial Wacken and Sweden Rock Festivals, and toured with Grave Digger and Blind Guardian – the latter with particular success.
Sadly, the delightfully Power Metal-laden “New Revelation” (2007) did not lead to Astral Doors’ expected Big Break. The album met with raving reviews, but the band somewhat prematurely ventured their own headline tour, preaching to a still comparatively small choir. Album sales were satisfactory but hardly overwhelming. “Requiem of Time” in January 2010 – introducing new bassist Ulf Lagerström – saw the band gracefully back on track.
“We may have listened to the wrong people, made some bad choices and turned down a few tours too many”, Nils Patrik Johansson admitted when he was interviewed him for Sweden Rock Magazine before the album’s release. “We’re a good band and ought to be bigger.”