This second Demo from these young Swedish Metalheads arrived to me with a cool biography and a button what made me a positive sensation! ASTRAL KINGDOM is more into Melodic Metal or even Melodic Speed Metal and I had to listen to these 4 tracks several times to realise this review. As I already do I will start by the end…
Into the Fire is a very good work that shows all the positive points but also the way to cover to reach the “first league”. The positive points are a singer with a real talent, musicians that know their job, inspiration and a good artistic touch. But the main problem for my ears is that ASTRAL KINGDOM could really bring us Into the Fire if they have decided to “kill” us and not only give us “cool speed songs”. I’m sure this band played only 50% of its possibilities (and once again the result is more than correct). Sons of the Stars, For the Damned (for me the best song) and Into the Fire are good but next time I want them “Killer”! OK my friends?
In this style “energy” and “power” are really important because there are so many great bands in this style that you need to be at their level immediately!
But if I tell you ASTRAL KINGDOM is in the area from AXEN STAR or STEEL ATTACK you can imagine they have great teacher around to improve their Metal !
So ASTRAL KINGDOM is good today but will be for sure better tomorrow !
THE VERDICT = considering it's a second Demo in Melodic Speed Metal
RASKAL The French Warrior gives a 15/20
RASKAL The Objective gives a 17/20