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It's evident that spending two years on developing this album was exactly the right thing to do, as this is perhaps their strongest release to date.

Astral Doors are no strangers to the European Metal scene. This Heavy Rock group have been around since the early noughties, and are steeped in the Heavy/Hard Rock signatures that have formed the foundations of Rock music the world over, with 'Black Eyed Children' being the band's eighth album.

This hard working six-piece have found new sounds on each of their earlier releases, and '... Children' is no exception. Twin guitars, keyboards and a Ronnie James Dio-esque singer solidifies their heavy musical statements, representing journeys that explore the mystical and the mythical; journeys that are paved by bombastic waves of sound, strong in deliverance and with somewhat controversial subject matter.

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The production on this opus is clear, clean and concise, allowing the six members to shine their talents brightly; from one number to the next, this is a dominant factor. Tasteful keyboard flourishes swirl around the biting guitar licks, which are backed by a most powerful bed of drums and bass. Astral Doors keep driving home their message and story in high fashion, performance after performance. Strength ripples through this entire effort and it's a Rock-hard music score of the highest order!

It's evident that spending two years or so on developing this album was exactly the right thing to do, as 'Black Eyed Children' is perhaps their strongest release to date!

Bruce E.J. Atkinson

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