Astral Doors-Testament of Rock-The Best of Astral Doors (Metalville)
Q: When is a Dio album NOT a Dio album? A: When its Astral Doors.
Yes, Sweden’s most legitimate Dio/Rainbow/80s Sabbath apologists have unleashed their first ‘Best Of’ collection, and, to be honest, it’s well-deserved.
Although the band’s frontman Nils Patrick Johansson could be definitely be accused of stealing far too many 4th and goals from our departed, beloved RJD’s playbook, the affair as a whole simply smacks too much of deserved, loving tribute than anything remotely malicious, embracing the 80s metal aesthetic with passionate power.
On the musical end of things, Astral Doors are positively vibrant and shimmering with their attention to detail, lovingly indulging in every Ronnie James-ism possible, whilst worshipping at the riff altar of Iommi and Blackmore all the way. The only negative aspect of this is the inevitable double-edged sword which follows the band around, and swings from their collective neck like an albatross: this undeniable unoriginality.
For one can only take so much stylistic plagiarism before it just becomes too much to bear, and Astral Doors have done nothing to rectify this fact over the course of their career, ripping off wholesale every Rainbow and Sabbath riff known to man within their repertoire, whilst adding little to nothing of their own to make it truly stand out from the pack.
So, if going through your classic metal collection simply isn’t enough for you, feel free to revisit the past with this Astral Doors ‘Best Of’ could do you well to remind and revisit the good ol’ days.
Written by MetalGeorge