Astral Doors

Vocals: Patrik Johansson
Guitars: Joachim Nordlund
Keyboards: Joakim Roberg
Bass: Ulf Lagerstroem
Drums: Johan Lindstedt

Formed in Borlänge in 2002, accomplished the all but unaccomplishable: delighting Power Metal fans and traditionalists alike. Simultaneously, the sound’s unmistakable kinship to Dio-fronted Rainbow and Dio/Martin-fronted Black Sabbath earned Astral Doors momentum with old-school met­alheads who frowned at the perceived blandness and lack of substance in the Power Metal genre.

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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.”

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REQUIM OF TIME
Relaease Date: November 19th 2010

TESTAMENT OF ROCK
Release Date: November 19th 2010

JERUSALEM
Release Date: October 21st 2011

OF THE FATHER AND THE SON
Release Date: February 25th 2012

EVIL IS FOREVER
Release Date: July 20th 2012

ASTRALISM
Release Date: July 27th 2012

NOTES FROM THE SHADOWS
Release Date: December 5th 2014

NEW REVOLUTION
Release Date: June 24th 2016

BLACK EYED CHILDREN
Release Date: April 28th 2017