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Album Review

If one listened to Testament of Rock: The Best of Astral Doors without knowing anything about the history of this Swedish band, it would be easy to assume that the material was recorded in the 1970s or 1980s. Astral Doors are a melodic heavy metal outfit whose main influences include Rainbow, mid-'70s Deep Purple, the late Ronnie James Dio, and Dio-era Black Sabbath (as in 1980's Heaven and Hell and 1981's Mob Rules). In fact, lead singer Nils Patrik Johansson favors a gruff vocal style that is right out of Dio and David Coverdale (who was a member of Deep Purple and, after that, Whitesnake). But despite all the '70s-isms and '80s-isms that are heard on Testament of Rock, none of the 14 songs on this 60-minute CD were actually recorded in the '70s or '80s. Astral Doors didn't exist before 2002, and Testament of Rock consists mostly of previously released recordings from the 2000s. Astral Doors are retro all the way and make no bones about their allegiance to one of metal's bygone eras; they are proudly oblivious to post-'80s developments in the metal/hard rock world. But if you're going to be derivative, at least be enjoyably derivative — and everything picked for this best-of is enjoyable. From the melodies to the infectious hooks to the lyrics, Testament of Rock is very easy to like if one is a die-hard fan of old-school ‘70s and ‘80s metal. Astral Doors' albums can be quite predictable, but the tunes chosen for Testament of Rock are solid and are delivered with plenty of passion and conviction. For headbangers who have never acquired an Astral Doors album and want to check them out for the first time, Testament of Rock: The Best of Astral Doors would be the best place to get acquainted with these Swedish retro-metallers.

Customer Reviews

It you love Dio - this is THE album you cannot be without

If there's anyone on the heavy metal/classical hard rock scene today that brings honor to the musical spirit and vocal brilliance of Dio, it is Nils Patrik Johanson and Astral Doors. In this album, they have gathered the best of the best of their music. The influences of Ronnie James Dio are crystal clear. As is their outstanding musical integrity. Nils Patriks voice is, like Dios, one of its kind.

Decent deal on some good music

Enough of all this Dio/not Dio crap, Dio was a master never to be replaced. That said, Astral doors do show some Dio-esq sound qualities and sound. Therefore, most Dio fans should enjoy this. But even for those of us that aren't Dio addicts and are just middle ofthe road metalheads 14 songs for nine bucks isn't a bad deal. Some are a little to the slow side but for the most part its a solid album.

For Real DIO Fans!

This band is nothing close to what Dio sounded like, i suggest listening to a band called Jorn they really are the next "Dio"

Testament of Rock, Astral Doors
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  • $8.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: Jan 25, 2011

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