ASTRAL DOORS – Worship Or Die

ASTRAL DOORS - Worship Or Die
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    ASTRAL DOORS - Worship Or Die - 9/10


Metalville Records
Release date: April 26, 2019

User Review
8.5/10 (1 vote)

Worship Or Die is the ninth studio album from Swedish Power Metal band Astral Doors. Touted as their most melodic album since 2007’s New Revelation, and one of the heaviest in their catalog, Worship Or Die is modern sounding and very well produced while still paying homage to their roots. The influences of Dio, Rainbow, and Black Sabbath are evident, but the material isn’t dated. With a current lineup consisting of Nils Patrik Johansson, vocals; Joachim Nordlund, guitar; Mats Gesar, guitar; Ulf Lagerström, bass; Jocke Roberg, keys; and Johan Lindstedt, drums, Astral Doors have put forth a very solid record.

The 12 tracks on Worship Or Die are full of great guitar riffs, soaring vocals, driving drums, and melodic keys. Scarcely one track stands above another, but some of the highlights are “Ride The Clouds”, The Light At The End Of The Tunnel”, and the title track, “Worship Or Die”. Every song has something to offer the Metal, Power Metal, Melodic Metal, and even the N.W.O.B.H.M. fan. Fans of Astral Doors will be pleased with this current offering is an excellent next step in the band’s evolution. Definitely worth listen.



  • Stevie Shred

    Stevie was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio. He is currently the lead guitarist for Melodic Rock band Red Reign, based in Richmond, Virginia, USA. Red Reign toured with Tesla in 2017, and shared the stage with Dokken, FireHouse, Lita Ford, Kix, Quiet Riot, and others at various dates around the US in 2018. Stevie heard his first KISS record at the age of 6 and was immediately hooked on Rock and Roll guitar. Over the course of years his tastes evolved, graduating from KISS to Ozzy and Van Halen; and then into Hair Metal. Over time, harder and faster music drew him. Bands like Metallica, Pantera, and Anthrax led the way, and Killswitch Engage took him over the top. Stevie has a deep passion for the guitar, not only playing them, but building them as well.

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