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Evil Is Forever - Astral Doors

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Genre: Indie Rock & Punk - Goth / Artist: Astral Doors / Audio CD released 2005-02-07 at Locomotive

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      29.01.2008 17:17
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      Astral Doors' second album (2005).

      Astral Doors' second album is an improvement over the first, incorporating more modern, power metal influences into its seventies throwback sound, but sadly retaining the despicable Hammond organ.

      The production values are better, and the guitars are subsequently louder and more powerful, which is good news on this album where the songs tend to favour a more energetic performance than the first, which was based more around epics. Such songs still remain on this release in the form of the plodding title track, 'Fear in Their Eyes' and 'Path to Delirium,' all of which represent a vast improvement and feature a nice balance between vocal and guitar prominence, though still unable to shake off the damned organ: a pleasant guitar solo section in 'Fear' would have to be followed by an organ, and the historical war epic 'Stalingrad' is completely spoiled in the centre by that outmoded instrument playing a really clashing ditty over the top!

      Still on the slower side, the band resorts to genuine acoustic guitar in a fairly bold move that ends up working well in 'Lionheart' and 'Stalingrad,' though the first does have something of the hair metal power ballad about it, but the rest of the album is a lot more upbeat, and avoids the dreary atmosphere of its predecessor. Each chorus is memorable right from 'Bride of Christ,' and even the songs that put me off a little through daft names reminiscent of Twisted Sister and the lesser moments of Saxon (I'm talking specifically 'Time to Rock' here) end up surprising me by not being completely terrible, keeping me entertained with new riffs in the classic style.

      The best news for metal fans whose interest in the band may have come from Johansson's involvement with Wuthering Heights is that a few of the songs head in a distinctly power direction, with 'Bride of Christ,' 'Pull the Break' and 'The Flame' all placing a fast tempo and energetic choruses above the lazy hard rock that sometimes creeps in elsewhere, though Wuthering Heights' insane tempo and brilliant atmosphere are sadly lacking.

      1. Bride of Christ
      2. Time to Rock
      3. Evil is Forever
      4. Lionheart
      5. Praise the Bone
      6. Pull the Break
      7. Fear in Their Eyes
      8. Stalingrad
      9. From the Cradle to the Grave
      10. The Flame
      11. Path to Delirium

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Bride of Christ
      2 Time to Rock
      3 Evil is Forever
      4 Lionheart
      5 Praise the Bones
      6 Pull the Break
      7 Fear in Their Eyes
      8 Stanlingrad
      9 From the Cradle to the Grave
      10 The Flame
      11 Path to Delirium

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