What a luck that there are still bands like ASTRAL DOORS, which released a great debut album and I anxiously waited for its successor. In this case, I got no disappointment because they could keep up the level if not even surpass it. But it’s undeniable 9 points worth! Songs like the epic-elegant “Lionheart” or the aggressive “Pull The Break” blew me instantly away until “Stalingrad” and especially the gigantic “Path To Delirium” gave me the rest. And between are lots of great songs, somewhere between BLACK SABBATH (Tony Martin-era) and DIO.
There’s no one single filler alike on the predecessor “Of The Sun And The Father”. Regarding this divine voice of exceptional singer Patrick Johansson, I can’t even imagine any weaker song... Furthermore, there’s an almost perfect production, there’s everything alright. If you concern this band as pure copycats, you should be ashamed – because aforementioned acts, DIO as well as Tony Martin, haven’t recorded such great songs since a long long time. ASTRAL DOORS play this sound such perfectly and with such a passion that it is totally legitimately. Furthermore, these two records of the Swedes can easily compete with the old classics. Okay, they can it nearly! But it’s an absolute must-have. Veterans, who only worship these old bands, should check these young guys out – you will love it... and I’m a veteran, too! (Online February 13, 2005)