(8/10) Nothing new with the Classic Rock fans from Astral Door. I can't say if this is good or bad, but I liked them from the beginning and the new record "Notes from the shadows" is a good one too.
The new album follows the 2011 release "Jerusalem" and comes with 11 hardrock/metal tracks which spread the classic feeling from the early 80's. A crucial factor in this is doubtless the voice from frontman Patrik Johansson. Eventhough he sounds like some icons from 80's hardrock I never had the feeling that the guy consciously copied. He has just such a voice. That's it.
As the title says already "Notes from the shadows" is a bit darker than the earlier releaes of Astral Doors. The lyrics take a closer look into the black bible which fits pretty well to the classic heavy metal they are playing.
A fave of mine is "Disciples of the dragon". A song which underlines why Dio is mentioned so often in context with Astral Doors. But I see the band, as said earlier, not as a copy of the mighty rock singer. For me it's more that they involve his sound into their music and keeps the thought alive. "Wailing wall" might even brings this more up to surface.
That also Whitesnake belongs to the group of crucial influencers of the Swedes becomes obvious with the phantastic "Walker the stalker". The song is a real bad-ass headbanger.
What is a new thing is the bigger impact of blues. "Shadowchaser" is one song that reflects this pretty well. The tunes is also pretty close to Coverdale & friends which due to the vocal lines, the bluesy beginning and the hammond organ supporting the track. For me one of the best tracks on the album.
The highlight of the disc is the 9 minutes long "Die alone". It's a midtempo tune with a massive rhythm line.
"Notes from the shadows" is an album which will be loved by fans from the band and supporters of heavy rock should check the album. I like it since it is powerful, it rocks, it has its charm and it rocks. Well done.
- The last temptation of christ
- Diciples of the dragon
- Wailing wall
- Die alone
- Hoodoo ceremony
- Southern conjuration
- Walker the stalker
- Desert night
- In the name of rock
Genre: Heavy Metal