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3.51 | 48 ratings | 2 reviews | 15% 5 stars

Excellent addition to any
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Studio Album, released in 2010

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Episode X (Arrival) (1:56)
2. End Of The Line (4:50)
3. King For A Day (4:49)
4. The Well (4:52)
5. Army Of Slaves (6:00)
6. Shadowman (5:35)
7. Back To Square One (5:24)
8. Blood Red Stars (6:21)
9. The Last Leaf (4:25)
10. Falling Down (4:15)
11. Epidose X (Departure) (1:08)

Total time 49:35

Bonus tracks on European edition:
12. Sixth Sense (4:22)

Line-up / Musicians

- Mark Boals / lead & backing vocals
- Marcus Jidell / guitar, cello
- André Andersen / keyboards, guitar, producer
- Andreas Passmark / bass
- Allan Sørensen / drums, percussion

- Maria McTurk / backing vocals
- Gertrud Mogelgaard / backing vocals
- Henrik Brockmann / backing vocals
- Michelle Raitzin / backing vocals
- Kenny Lübcke / backing vocals
- Patricia Skovgaard / violin
- Erik Rosenqvist / woodwind

Releases information

Artwork: Kai Brockschmidt

CD Avalon ‎- MICP-10875 (2010, Japan)
CD Scarlet ‎- SC 192-2 (2010, Italy) With a bonus track

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ROYAL HUNT X ratings distribution

(48 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(15%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(33%)
Good, but non-essential (46%)
Collectors/fans only (2%)
Poor. Only for completionists (4%)

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Review by snobb
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars "Royal Hunt" is band ,founded by Moscow-born keyboardist Andre Andersen in Denmark. This is their tens album, and no surprises could be found on it.

Melodic , perfectly recorded, power metal with strong influences from Rainbow and Dream Theater. If not too much prog, songs all have their melodies, are perfectly played, and have their own appeal. For sure, if you're Rainbow fan, or just like old-fashioned melodic power metal. And if you not afraid of songs, named "Army Of Slaves", "King For A Day" or "Shadowman". But you don't need to listen to lyrics though. Just enjoy music and nostalgy coming from early 80-s.(To be honest, I always prefer great Dio in that category, which has much better music in this field, don't speak about vocal).

Quality power metal album with few progressive touches. Real pleasant surprise for genre lovers. For progressive metal fans has very limited value,however.

Review by Marty McFly
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Errors and Omissions Team
4 stars There is a lot with what I can agree in previous review. However, we differ in opinion how this works in general. Maybe it's because I'm less critic then Slava is, maybe I like Prog Metal more. And from what I heard from bands in this genre, I think that this album maybe has Power Metal elements, but isn't merely Power, which sometimes stands for me as "simplified" Metal (when compared to Prog Metal).

Indeed, there is strong melodic element, in fact it's almost based solely on melodicity and guitar / keyboards solos. Atmosphere is also promising and that also counts. Songs flows easily without single stumbling, as far as I hear, nothing sounds weird. And believe me, the more I dug deep into Prog, the more I lost ability to listen some "normal" Metal groups, like Avantasia (oh maybe I've never been able to listen them). There is no such bad feeling.

Even Back to Square One doesn't fit me in whole composition at all but later on the move to what they master well, melodic Metal on the verge of Prog & Power.

4(-), of course, it could have been better, but also, therefore I would have rate higher.

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