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Royal Hunt


Progressive Metal

3.25 | 53 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars 3.5 stars.This is the best ROYAL HUNT album i've heard so far. Lots of energy and that Power- Metal flavour isn't quite as strong as it usually is in the John West-led era of the band.

"Break Your Chains" has an interesting intro then it kicks in around 1 1/2 minutes. Lots of synths and the vocals arrive 2 minutes in. A good instrumental section kicks in before 3 minutes then the vocals return a minute later. "Not My Kind" is a top three track for me.Vocals only to start then the heaviness arrives.The guitar and synths light it up before a minute.Vocals are back before 2 minutes.This is a barn burner. "Memory Lane" opens with atmosphere that builds. Drums and a full sound kick in after 2 minutes as it turns heavy. A good instrumental. "Never Give Up" is fairly powerful from the start. It does settle some when the vocals arrive but it picks back up quickly. Ripping guitar and double bass drumming 4 minutes in.

"Seven Days" is my favourite track.The pulsating keyboards is a fantastic idea for this track and it really rocks out at times. "SK 983" hits the ground running. It's heavy as the guitar and synths take turns playing over top. "Kiss Of Faith" is mellow and laid back to start.The tempo picks up before a minute. Nice guitar solo 2 1/2 minutes in then it calm back down like at the beginning. I like the drums after 3 1/2 minutes. "Paper Blood" is the other top three tune.This sounds really good. Riffs galore then it settles with vocals before kicking back in as contrasts continue. "Season's Change" opens with the guitar lighting it up then it settles with vocals.This is almost like a power ballad. "Twice Around The World" is heavy duty to start. It settles 2 minutes in as the guitar leads. Synths lead a minute later. A drum show after 4 minutes as riffs then join in. Good tune.

Close to 4 stars but there are some songs that drag this down for me.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |


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