26 April 2019
WORSHIP OR DIE
Nils Patrik Johansson - Vocals
Joachim Nordlund - Guitar
Mats Gesar - Guitar
Ulf Lagerström - Bass
Jocke Roberg - Keys
Johan Lindstedt - Drums
This is Astral Doors...
In early 2002, Swedish guitarist Joachim Nordlund, drummer Johan Lindstedt and singer Nils Patrik Johansson teamed up and decided to write some metal songs in the spirit of the old heroes Rainbow, Dio, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple. They completed the band with organ player Jocke Roberg and with Martin Haglund on the bass.
They recorded their debut-album (mixed by Peter Tägtgren at Abyss Studio) and began working with Danish based metal-agency Intromental Management. Deals were locked down for “Of The Son And The Father”. The band caught immense media attention, with fantastic reviews everywhere, and various festivals were not late to book ASTRAL DOORS. (now with Martin Haglund as the second guitarist and with Mika Itaranta on the bass) The band performed at Wacken Open Air, Sweden Rock Festival and 2000 Decibel during the summer of 2004, gaining an impressive number of new fans.
Not resting on the laurels of their success, ASTRAL DOORS finalized their 2nd opus Evil Is Forever very quickly and the album was released by the same labels as the debut album. The release, which once again received amazing media and fan support, was followed by an extensive European tour as support act to German metal-gods Grave Digger, as well as several festival gigs in Sweden, and not to forget a successful gig in Germany with the hard rock princess herself, Doro Pesch.
Wanting to please their European fans with some extra and exclusive material, while waiting for their next full length, the band gathered a variety of material of unreleased songs and Japanese bonus track, and in October 2005 released the Raiders Of The Ark EP.
In late 2005, the band once again went back to the Abyss Studio and Peter Tägtgren to record their 3rd full length album, Astralism. The album was released in 2006 and stunned everybody with its roaring sound and incredible riffs and technicality. Astral Doors was offered the prestigious spot as official support band for the power metal kings Blind Guardian on a full scale European tour in the fall of 2006. Astral Doors accepted the offer, impressed everybody and left deep musical tracks in their wake?
When the band returned to Sweden after the very successful, 2-month long tour with Blind Guardian, Astral Doors immediately started writing new material for the fourth album. Astral Doors will always stand with both feet in the classic hard rock, but this time around they decided to bring more elements, moods and variations to the classic Astral Sound. "New Revelation" was released September 2007, received great reviews and climbed on the charts.
After the release of New Revelation, the band went out on their first big European tour as headliners. It was a blast and during 2008 the band returned to Sweden Rock Festival for a smoking appearance.
By this point, the band felt that they needed new challenges; left the old management and signed with German agency Flying Dolphin and later also with new label Metalville.
Two and a half year after the release of "New Revelation", the band strikes back, stronger than ever before with the epic masterpiece, "Requiem of Time".
With songs like "Power and the Glory", "Testament of Rock", "St. Peters Cross", the album truly is one of the highlights in the bands career.
The first lineup change in the history of the band was also a fact as Ulf Lagerström was introduced as the new bass player in the band stepping in after Mika. Martin Haglund also left the band due to personal issues. No new guitarist was hired; the band decided to finally give Joachim the attention he deserves and also to give the magical keyboard of Jocke Roberg more space in the sound picture.
Stronger than ever, the band went out to play some of the most important festivals 2010, and the band also decided to put together a compilation with their best songs as a treat for old fans, but most important; to win over new fans. "Testament of Rock - The Best of Astral Doors" also contains the previously unreleased song, "Victory".
The summer of 2011, the band played at the mighty BANG YOUR HEAD FESTIVAL and in October 2011 the band released their heaviest album so far, "Jerusalem", and went out on a European tour 2012 with a legendary performance at Rockstad Falun festival as the grand finale.
The album "Notes From The Shadows" saw its light 2014 and the opener, "Last Temptation of Christ" sets standard for an amazing album.
The band toured Spain, did the Väsby Rock Festival and some more Swedish shows.
They also decided to invite the guitarist Mats Gesar to the band as a full-time member.
At the end of 2015, NPJ, Johan and Joachim started to write new music. This time around without any time pressure what so ever.
In May 2017, they and the other boys in the band could present the result to the world: "Black Eyed Children".
A dark masterpiece that will put Astral Doors up there with the big legends.
In 2019, Astral Doors releases their 9th studio album. Since their debut "Of the Son and the Father" in 2003, the band from Swedish Borlänge has successfully cultivated their very own form of "Retro", based on the musical success of legends such as Rainbow, Dio or Black Sabbath, combined with elements of modern heavy metal. A concept that has brought the band repeated chart successes in Europe and Japan to this day. "Worship or Die" is the band's most melodic album since "New Revelation" (2007), yet one of the hardest in the Astral Doors catalogue. The riffs were and are the foundation of the six Swedes, but this time more space was given to the melodic elements. In their songs the Astral Doors deal with controversial topics of our time like religion, terrorism and the future of all of us. The band proves once more that intelligent lyrics and heavy metal don't have to be contradictory