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Royal Hunt


Progressive Metal

3.57 | 74 ratings

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5 stars When I bought this CD I didn't know anything about the band or the music, or anything around that. I bought some of my old favorites of the Eighties on eBay and this seller also sold this CD. Because the seller was in the USA and I in Switzerland I thought to get as many CD's as possilbe (to save shipping) and this CD was one of those. But then I listened the CD the first time - AND: THIS IS THE BEST ALBUM I'VE EVER HEARD (This happened some years ago and I didn't change my meaning in the meantime). From the very start this sound satisfied my soul as no other CD before or since then. For your better understanding I have to say that I don't care about the lyrics or the meanings of the words at all, the only thing I want to hear is a good refrain which sticks between my ears forever and where I can sing along (when I feel to). This album is musically a concept album, which means it has some 'themes' which goes through the whole album, comparable with a movie soundtrack (for example the score of 'days of thunder', composed from hans zimmer, one of my other favorite CD's). First: This is an album and not songs putted together on a CD!!!! It opens with the titletrack (very unusual for a metal-cd but not for a score!). It's a song which lifts you up on a high level (which I didn't understand from the very start) but it is one of the worser songs on this CD (this means still 7/10). Faces of war is the next. It's faster than the opener and takes you a step further up. By the way - the whole album is very bombastic or symphonic (Prog-metal they say nowadays). Cold city lights follows next and it's a bit of a break in this epic masterpiece. It breaks open the standart theme of the whole album a bit and gives it a touch of 'normality'. This song brings the voice of the singer more to the lead and this has it's reason - then what comes next is the first and highest peak of the album - LIES. It's a very straight number, a headbanger first degree, interrupted by some few changes in speed with orchestral music or the great voice of the singer. The speed of the song is broken sometimes, but this leads you again in this absolutely outstanding mix of singing and playing with this absolute unforgettable refrain. Melodic, hard and fast as it must be. JUST PERFECT. Next one is Follow me, the ballad. It's for sure the right place for the ballad on this album. Again a perfect piece of music. Voice follows next which is the second peak on it, a straight metal-number where everything is at it's right place and again - the refrain is one of the best I know. Last song Sea of time is comparable to Cold city lights. Again and finally it breaks open the whole album again and leads you out of it perfectly. (To give you a better understanding of my music, here are 10 of the best albums ever: Rammstein - Mutter / Ozzy Osbourne - The ultimate sin / Cat Stevens - Best of / OST Score - Days of thunder / Joe Satriani - Surfing with the alien / Iron Maiden - Killers / Phenomena - Phenomena / Queensryche - Operation Mindcrime (if you like this album, you must hear Royal Hunt's Fear) / Overkill - Taking over / Flotsam and Jetsam - Doomsday for the deceiver)

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