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Astral Doors

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Formed: 2002
From: Borlänge, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Astral Doors News

Below is our complete Astral Doors news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Astral Doors Posts Video Studio Update

Swedish metal act Astral Doors, featuring vocalist Nils Patrik Johansson (Civil War/Lion's Share/Wuthering Heights) posted another video studio update on the progress of the band's upcoming seventh studio release and follow up to the 2011 release Jerusalem (see review here). The album is tentatively set for an autumn 2014 release.

In this installment, Johansson talks about the lyrics of the album, on which he states there will be "no mumbo-jumbo..no political crap, just pure evil, pure metal." He introduces the new track "Wailing Wall." Check it out here:

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Astral Doors Working On New Album

Astral Doors is recording the band's 7th album for release later this year with the working title "Notes From The Shadows."

Pre-production is being done at Joachim Nordlund's Big Turn Studio. Keyboards, vocals, and bass are being recorded at the homes of the respective musicians and then integrated later, with an eye on accommodating peoples' busy schedules and to meet production deadlines.

The album is tentatively scheduled to be released in August via Metalville Records. You can also check out a studio video blog below.

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Astral Doors Shooting DVD

Astral Doors has issued the following announcement about recording material for an upcoming DVD release:

"Within a couple of weeks we'll hit the roads of Europe together with our friends in Riotgod! It'll be a blast. During the tour additional material for our upcoming DVD will be filmed (release in October).

"The festival gigs for the summer are also rolling in! Here is a video message for Rockstad Falun: Astral rehearsal.

"With this said, we wish that the new album 'Jerusalem' will be the same success in the US and Japan as it is in Europe."

You can also check out Metalunderground.com's review of the "Jerusalem" album at this location. More...

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Astral Doors Streaming Entire New Album

Astral Door's new album "Jerusalem" is set to drop tomorrow, January 31st, 2012. In celebration of the impending release, the band is now streaming the entire album online through AOL Music at this location.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Seventh Crusade
2. With A Stranger's Eye
3. Child of Rock'n'roll
4. Pearl Harbor
5. Lost Crucifix
6. Babylon Rise
7. Suicide Rime
8. The Battle of Jacob's Ford
9. Operation Freedom
10. The Day After Yesterday
11. Jerusalem More...

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Astral Doors Posts New Album Title Track

The upcoming Astral Doors album, "Jerusalem," features producer Daniel Bergstrand behind the mixing board and is set for release on January 31st via Metalville Records.

Today The Great Southern Brainfart is hosting an exclusive premiere of the title track "Jerusalem" at this location. Noisecreep is also still streaming the track "With A Stranger's Eye" here.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Seventh Crusade
2. With A Stranger's Eye
3. Child of Rock'n'roll
4. Pearl Harbor
5. Lost Crucifix
6. Babylon Rise
7. Suicide Rime
8. The Battle of Jacob's Ford
9. Operation Freedom
10. The Day After Yesterday
11. Jerusalem

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Astral Doors Streaming Song Online

The upcoming Astral Doors album, "Jerusalem," features producer Daniel Bergstrand behind the mixing board and the concept of the lyrics is darker, more political, and more provocative than ever before in the history of the band. The cover artwork has once again been done by Mattias Eriksson who also did "Of the Son and the Father" and "Testament of Rock."

Noisecreep is now hosting an exclusive stream of the track "With A Stranger's Eye" at this location.

The album, which will be released on January 31st via Metalville Records, can be pre-ordered on Amazon. The track listing is as follows:

1. Seventh Crusade
2. With A Stranger's Eye
3. Child of Rock'n'roll
4. Pearl Harbor
5. Lost Crucifix
6. Babylon Rise
7. Suicide Rime
8. The Battle of Jacob's Ford
9. Operation Freedom
10. The Day After Yesterday
11. Jerusalem

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Astral Doors Announces Shows With Riotgod

Astral Doors has announced upcoming European live shows early next year with Riotgod. The currently announced dates are as follows, with more expected to be announced shortly:

24.02.2012 Siegburg, Kubana
25.02.2012 Frankfurt, Musikkeller
26.02.2012 Karlsruhe, Stadtmitte
27.02.2012 Ingolstadt, Eventhalle Westpark
28.02.2012 Wien, Viper Room
04.03.2012 Geiselwind Strohofer Eventcenter
07.03.2012 Hamburg, Logo
08.03.2012 Berlin, K17

Astral Doors is now also confirmed for the Swedish Metal Festival, Skogsröjet, to be held on August 10th and 11th. More details on the festival are available here. In other recent Astral Doors news, the band's latest album "Jerusalem" will see its official North American release on January 31st, 2011.

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Astral Doors Confirms North American Release Date

Astral Doors has already released the new album "Jerusalem" in Europe, and the band has now confirmed a North American release date of January 31st, 2011. The band also recently released a music video off the album for the song "Child of Rock'n'roll," which is available at this location.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Seventh Crusade
2. With A Stranger's Eye
3. Child of Rock'n'roll
4. Pearl Harbor
5. Lost Crucifix
6. Babylon Rise
7. Suicide Rime
8. The Battle of Jacob's Ford
9. Operation Freedom
10. The Day After Yesterday
11. Jerusalem More...

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Astral Doors Comments On Album Position

Astral Doors has checked in with the following update about the chart positions for the band's recently released "Jerusalem" album:

"We know it's early, but we're so fucking proud to announce that 'Jerusalem' at this very moment is top 30 at Ginza.se all categories (Top 4 at the hard rock chart). Ginza is of course the biggest online store for music in Scandinavia.

"We also know that the album is around place 40 at Amazon.de (and we're talking all categories again). So now we're just waiting for the official charts...

"And yeah... next week on Saturday (29th of October) we will do our only Sweden appearance this year at a signing session at Bifrost Records in falun, Sweden. 14.00. Be there or be sorry!"

You can also check out the recently posted Astral Doors music video for the track "Child of Rock'n'roll" by heading over to this location.

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Astral Doors Posts "Child of Rock'n'roll" Clip

Astral Doors has posted a clip online for "Child of Rock'n'roll," which can be viewed below. The band also commented:

"Metal heads: First, our party video to 'Child of Rock'n'roll' is out! Check it out at/ And yes, we're drunk for real:) Also: we got 9 out of 10 in the new Sweden Rock Magazine and actually won 'The Jury. Amazing! At 21st of October you should check it out....or tonight at 7, when the Metal Madman Radio Show will showcase the album! Cheers!"

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Astral Doors Shoots Music Video

Astral Doors has checked in with the following announcement about shooting a music video for "Child of Rock'n'roll," which is off the band's new "Jerusalem" album:

"Gig and album report: During the gig in Lorsch we filmed 'Child of Rock'n'roll' and the day after we spent the entire day filming scenes for the upcoming video!

"It will be awesome...we're sure that the director and editor will come up with something great. Now the promotion work for 'Jerusalem' continues...we feel that the media attention is bigger than ever and we aim for the German chart! Take care....and we love you all!"

You can check out a teaser trailer for new "Jerusalem" album by navigating your browser here.

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Astral Doors Posts "Jerusalem" Trailer

Astral Doors will be releasing the new album Jerusalem this coming October, 2011. The band has now posted a teaser trailer online for the release, which can be viewed below.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Seventh Crusade
2. With A Stranger's Eye
3. Child of Rock'n'roll
4. Pearl Harbor
5. Lost Crucifix
6. Babylon Rise
7. Suicide Rime
8. The Battle of Jacob's Ford
9. Operation Freedom
10. The Day After Yesterday
11. Jerusalem

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Astral Doors Reveals New Album Details

Astral Doors has announced the band's upcoming sixth album "Jerusalem" will see released in October. "Jerusalem" will be available in jewel case, digipack and vinyl editions. Astral Doors also has upcoming European tour dates in October, with full details available here.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Seventh Crusade
2. With A Stranger's Eye
3. Child of Rock'n'roll
4. Pearl Harbor
5. Lost Crucifix
6. Babylon Rise
7. Suicide Rime
8. The Battle of Jacob's Ford
9. Operation Freedom
10. The Day After Yesterday
11. Jerusalem

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Astral Doors Reveals European Tour Details

Astral Doors has announced Daniel Bergstrand will be mixing the upcoming new album "Jerusalem," with a release date expected in October. In the mean time, the band also has a string of upcoming European festival appearances and tour dates. Details are available below.

16.07.2011 Bang Your Head, Balingen, Germany
30.07.2011 Headbangers Open Air, Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Germany

The Desert Forces of Rock Tour 2011:

15.10.2011 - Frankfurt - Germany - Musikkeller
16.10.2011 - Karlsruhe - Germany - Stadtmitte
17.10.2011 - Ingolstadt - Germany - Cafe Zentral
18.10.2011 - Wien - Austria - Viper Room
20.10.2011 - Salzburg - Austria - Club b.lack
21.10.2011 - München - Germany - Garage Delüx
22.10.2011 - Winterthur - Switzerland - Gaswerk
23.10.2011 - Geiselwind - Germany - Strohofer
24.10.2011 - Dresden - Germany - Puskin Club
26.10.2011 - Hamburg - Germany - Logo
27.10.2011 - Berlin - Germany - K17
28.10.2011 - Osnabrück - Germany - Ballroom
29.10.2011 - T.B.A
30.10.2011 - Tongeren - Belgium - Rockstage

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Astral Doors Comments On Upcoming Album

Astral Doors has issued the following announcement about Daniel Bergrstrand mixing the band's upcoming new album:

"Daniel Bergstrand will mix the upcoming Astral Doors album 'Jerusalem' with release date in October. We are sure that Daniel can bring our songs to new heights and we really look forward to work with him. The album will be followed by a tour in October when the band hits the roads of Europe."

You can also check out Astral Door's addition to the Pit Stories column, titled "Smooth Move," by heading over to this location.

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Astral Doors Issues Update On New Album

Sweden's Astral Doors has issued the following update about working on a new album and a DVD:

"The work with the upcoming album continues. Even though we're not even half way through the process we can already feel that this release will be something special. This time around we deal with religion, once and for all, and the working title of the album is 'Jerusalem.'

"Our intention is that the album will be released in October in connection with a European tour. The first DVD from the band is also in the making. Some additional material will be filmed this summer and we're talking about a winter release."

You can also check out the Astral Doors addition to the "Pit Stories" column, titled "Smooth Move," by heading over here.

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Astral Doors To Play Bang Your Head

Astral Doors has issued the following announcement about performing at the upcoming 2011 edition of the Bang Your Head festival:

"At July 16, Astral Doors will play at Bang Your Head Festival in Germany! This will be another great moment in the history of the band. We will be armed and ready! See you soon, headbangers!"

Additional details on the Bang Your Head festival are available at this location. You can also check out the band's recent addition to Metalunderground.com's Pit Stories series, titled "Smooth Move," by clicking here.

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Pit Stories: Smooth Move

We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories. This week Swedish classic heavy metal band Astral Doors sends in a story about how keyboardist Jocke Roberg got his nickname:

This story takes place about 4 years ago in Southern Germany. We were the support act to the fantasy metal heroes Blind Guardian. I can't remember what town we played in, but that's not really important.

Some headline acts treat their support bands like crap and don't allow the technicians to do a proper job. How many gigs haven't you attended where the sound during the support band's actual show has been terrible? In this case however I must pay my tribute to Blind Guardian and their crew: they gave us everything they had, every night. For two months we were treated like kings and the technicians and the rest of the crew did an amazing job for us; night after night. We filmed all 37 gigs, so it's documented:) Thank you Guardians!

Ok, at the gig this particular night, our keyboard player, Jocke Roberg, had a really bad stomach. He was running in and out of the WC before the gig...doing his thing. The show started and everything went really well the first couple of songs. During song four or five, he felt it was time again. He started to sweat and the panic was close. When it was time for one of our most popular songs, “Evil is Forever”, where we use a recorded organ-hymn-kind-of-intro, which he normally plays along to; he took his chance: he ran behind stage, found a bucket and did the big one. We wondered where the hell he went and we were quite prepared to play the rest of the gig without keyboard. However: just as the recorded intro was finished, Mr. Roberg was back on stage. He completed the gig and everything went great. Ever since that day we call him Jocke Bucket!

Astral Doors' "Best of" collection, "Testament of Rock - The Best of Astral Doors" (reviewed here), will be released in North American on January 25th. You can hear the new single, "Victory," on the band's MySpace player.

Check back every Tuesday for more pit stories.

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Astral Doors Streaming "Victory"

Astral Doors has issued the following announcement about streaming the song "Victory" online:

"The new album 'Testament of Rock' will be released this month in the states and now we present the new single 'Victory' here on myspace.

"Victory was first made in Swedish to honor our favorite Swedish hockey team, Leksands IF, but now, a year later, we wanna give the English version to the world. This version is more of a tribute to the game itself, not to a certain team.

"A rumor says that an unofficial homemade video to 'Victory' is in the making. If we like it, we'll put it out here as well! So....hello out there, it's on the air, it's hockey night tonight!"

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Astral Doors Announces Signing Session

Sweden's Astral Doors has issued the following announcement about holding a signing session and performing an unplugged show:

"The brand new record store in Falun, Sweden, Bifrost Records Will hold a signing session for Astral Doors on the 27th of November, 2010. Astral Doors Will also play a short concert, Unplugged! If You Want to Meet Astral Doors face to face, see their mini-concert, and Have your stuff signed be there at 12.00pm!"

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