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Swedish quintet Astral Doors deliver a heartfelt blast of traditional metal on the veteran troupe’s latest album JERUSALEM. This 11-track release features an endless supply of thunderous rhythms and cascading riffs complimenting lead singer Nils Patrik Johansson’s powerful vocal style reminiscent of the late Ronnie James Dio (“With a Stranger’s Eye”) while the act’s commendable songwriting prowess plays to their strengths and merges post-Ozzy Black Sabbath and Deep Purple with hints of power metal majesty to form a winning blend of melody and crunch (“Child of Rock ‘n Roll”, “Pearl Harbor”). JERUSALEM offers little in the way of surprises yet yields a vintage metal attack solidified by a stirring vocal performance and durable compositions.
- Mike SOS