Swedish melodic metallers ASTRAL DOORS will take part in a signing session and short acoustic performance on Saturday, November 27 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) at Bifrost Records in Falun, Sweden.
ASTRAL DOORS will host a release party for its new collection, "Testament Of Rock - The Best Of Astral Doors", on Friday, November 19 at Black City S2 in Borlänge, Sweden. The show starts at 9 p.m. sharp.
ASTRAL DOORS will be reunited with the original members Martin Haglund (guitar) and Mika Itäranta (bass), who will appear on stage for at least one or two songs.
Singer Nils Patrik Johansson comments: "Since we release a 'best-of' album and Mika and Martin plays on most of the songs on the album, it was obvious to us that we had to invite them as guests to the gig. A good way to close a chapter and start a new one."
"Testament Of Rock - The Best Of Astral Doors" will be released on November 19 via Metalville, the band and label pool launched by the Cologne, Germany-based company Flying Dolphin Entertainment Group UG. The compilation contains 14 classics picked by the band. A very special bonus will come in the shape of the English-language version a song previously only released as a Swedish-language single in Sweden, "Victory".
"Testament Of Rock - The Best Of Astral Doors" track listing:
02. Time To Rock
03. Of The Son And The Father
04. Black Rain (remixed and remastered)
05. Power And The Glory
06. Bride Of Christ
07. New Revelation
08. Slay The Dragon
09. London Caves (remixed and remastered)
10. Evil Is Forever
13. Testament of Rock
14. Victory (previously unreleased)
The booklet features "a two-page history-lesson about ASTRAL DOORS; a summary of the first decade with ASTRAL DOORS" written by Erik Thompson of Sweden Rock Magazine.
Guitarist Martin Haglund left ASTRAL DOORS in April 2010 in order to focus on his family life. The band has opted to remain a five-piece, with founding member Joachim Nordlund handling all guitars himself.
ASTRAL DOORS released its fifth album, "Requiem Of Time" in Europe on January 29 and in North America on February 16 through Metalville.