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Review: Astral Doors - Requiem of Time
Astral Doors
Requiem of Time

Label: Metalville Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 59:00
Tracks: 14
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: June 13, 2010
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
Readers Rating
Requiem of Time

Rated 3.53/5 (70.53%) (19 Votes)

This is the fifth Astral Doors album, three years after New Revelation. I haven't listened to that record, in fact the only other album of theirs I heard is Evil is Forever which I found to be very entertaining. However based on Larry's review I have to say that this is an improvement over their last disc. The reason that I say this is because of the overall fun ride that this was. If you want an appropriate description of their sound it would be Dio worship. The music (especially the vocals) will greatly remind you of a catchier and faster version of that band.

The album is composed of 14 songs that are basically that same style. The first eight tracks are all killer, if you like memorable and well executed Heavy Metal, they are a prime example on how you should do it. Each of them features anthemic choruses that will stick in your head like "Power and the Glory". Combine that with good playing ability and you have a winner here. This isn't a speed fest by any means and there is plenty of variety here, I never feel like I was listening to the same thing over and over. The musicianship is exactly what you would expect from a professional metal band, the guitar solos and vocal lines were great.

On the flipside, there isn't anything terribly original about this; you've heard this type of metal countless times before. Lyrically they don't win any prizes here since most of the songs are about how metal they are, "Metal DJ" is as stupid and silly as they come. With an album with this many songs and an hour long, there are some fillers here like "Fire and Flame" and "Evil Spirits Fly" but those are few in an album full with highlights. It goes without saying that this is very mainstream, designed to appeal to as many people as possible. Normally that would be a big no-no but for some reason I didn't care nearly as much as I should have.

While the album loses some momentum towards the end, Requiem of Time is one of the most carefree records of the year. This is a good album as long as you are not expecting a groundbreaking masterpiece. But if you want catchy Heavy Metal, this is as good as they come. Recommended.

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Review: New Revelation (reviewed by Larry Griffin)
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