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Astral Doors
Black Eyed Children
Type: CD
Company: Metalville
Release: 2017
Genre: Power
Reviewer: Eric Compton
Published: 4/24/2017
Firm traditional metal from Sweden that pulls no punches
'Black Eyed Children' is probably the best Astral Doors album since 2007's 'New Revelation'. I found the last two offerings, 'Jerusalem' and 'Notes from the Shadows', inadequate in terms of well-crafted songs that possessed long term staying power. Coincidentally, those releases featured one guitarist after the departure of Martin Haglund where this new record has an additional guitarist in Mats Gesar. Whether that makes or breaks it is anyone's opinion but I feel it definitely adds more dynamics to the traditionalism. You can hear more life on the strings in the stirring opener "We Cry Out", that 80s formula still deeply recessed in "Ye Olde Metal" but a little faster and punchier. Lyrically, the band always tackle religion, war and a mythology and this one is no different. The title track is an eerie take on the 90's myth of soul-taking hitchhiking children. Itís a real thing, look it up. "God is the Devií" is lyrically intelligent and asks questions of our creator. "Die on Stage" is a fitting cut for blue-collars like Astral Doors --"Going out in a crescendo, dying on stage". Sing it man, sing it.
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5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: ASTRAL DOORS
CD
TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
Black Eyed ChildrenAstral Doors
2017
Eric Compton4/24/2017
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2005
Eric Compton3/24/2005


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DOR
REVIEWER DATE
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2014
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2011
Eric Compton1/10/2011


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