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3.73 | 76 ratings | 5 reviews | 30% 5 stars

Excellent addition to any
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Studio Album, released in 2001

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Take Off (1:06)
2. The Mission (5:50)
3. Exit Gravity (1:05)
4. Surrender (5:30)
5. Clean Sweep (1:57)
6. Judgement Day (6:28)
7. Metamorphosis (1:25)
8. World Wide War (6:26)
9. Dreamline (2:07)
10. Out Of Reach (5:26)
11. Fourth Dimension (2:34)
12. Days Of No Trust (4:55)
13. Total Recall (7:00)

Total time 51:49

Bonus tracks on 2003 reissue:
14. Intervention (7:28)
15. U-Turn (7:25)

Bonus tracks on 2008 reissue:
14. One By One (New version)
15. Clown In The Mirror (New version)

Line-up / Musicians

- John West / vocals
- Jacob Kjaer / guitars
- André Andersen / keyboards, producer
- Steen Mogensen / bass

- Kenny Lübcke / backing vocals
- Maria McTurk / backing vocals
- Kenneth Olsen / drums
- Kim Johanneson / drums

Releases information

Concept album based on Ray Bradbury's sci-fi classic 'The Martian Chronicles'

Artwork: Bengt Friman

CD Frontiers Records ‎- FR CD 095 (2001, Europe)
CD Art Music Group ‎- AMG 106 L (2003, Russia) With 2 bonus tracks
CD Maximum ‎- CDM 0308-2847 (2008, Russia) With 2 bonus tracks

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ROYAL HUNT The Mission ratings distribution

(76 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(30%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(34%)
Good, but non-essential (22%)
Collectors/fans only (8%)
Poor. Only for completionists (5%)

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Review by Tarcisio Moura
4 stars After the good, but also a little disapointing Fear, came The Mission. Well, after Paradox, this is my favorite Royal Hunt album. The group again picks up their metal and prog influences and makes a concept album, this time based on Ray Bradbury's The Mars Chronicles. And they did a very good job.

Ok, the album may not be as varied and inspired as Paradox, but so far none did and I really wonder if they ever be able to write a new masterpiece like that again. But that's unfair, since it is asking too much and the fact that the band never really did a bad album puts them above most competitors.

The Mission may suffers the need for longer songs for the musicicans to shine, but the tunes are great and John West soars through the album. They continued to be plaged by changes of drummers. Here old time friend and ex original member Kenneth Olsen (along with Kim Johanneson) comes back. Inevitably Maria McTuck and Kenny Lubcke are helping Royal Hunt with their trademark backing vocals.

A very good album, if you're into prog metal with a melodic side I recommend it.

Latest members reviews

3 stars The Mission is the ambitious 6th full-length album by Danish melodic prog metallers Royal Hunt. Based on the book "The Martian Chronicles" by Ray Bradbury, The Mission is a conceptual piece of work consisting of 13 interconnected tracks, each revisiting a chapter in Bradbury's book about the coloniz ... (read more)

Report this review (#2491359) | Posted by lukretio | Friday, January 8, 2021 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Definitelly,my ROYAL HUNT favourite album!Why?I don't know exactly to explain why ,but I think that's because this album has something superior to the other ones in terms of inspiration for composition!All ROYAL HUNT albums are in the same style a little,no real big differences between them,t ... (read more)

Report this review (#261586) | Posted by Ovidiu | Tuesday, January 19, 2010 | Review Permanlink

3 stars I've been following RH from a long time ago, and this cd it's maybe the lower of their career. That doesn't mean that it's bad. It is the worst of the best, something like that. I have have to say that John West is one of the best singer ever. This record got a very cool songs like WORLD WIDE WA ... (read more)

Report this review (#6410) | Posted by | Thursday, February 17, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Definately 4 star rating, I can't believe it has gone unrated. This is my first album from RH and I was very impressed. Definately in the market for some more RH next time I am down in London. This album is a continuous wall of sound with short tracks woven between longer main tracks. Good job ... (read more)

Report this review (#6409) | Posted by limeyrob | Sunday, January 30, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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