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ROYAL HUNT is a progressive metal band in the style of DREAM THEATER : symphonic heavy-metal with strong classic influences. The band is led by Danish classic oriented keyboard player André Andersen. Many influences from bands like DEEP PURPLE, ELP, RAINBOW, etc. "The Mission" proved that ROYAL HUNT have what it takes to make it in the progressive metal world in the new millennium. (Claude)

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Devil's DozenDevil's Dozen
Frontiers Music Srl 2015
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Show Me How To LiveShow Me How To Live
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Audio CD$4.85
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Paradox 2: Collision CourseParadox 2: Collision Course
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Marquee Inc. Japan 2008
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A Life To Die ForA Life To Die For
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3.25 | 34 ratings
Land of Broken Hearts
1992
3.33 | 35 ratings
Clown In The Mirror
1993
3.99 | 65 ratings
Moving Target
1995
4.23 | 109 ratings
Paradox
1997
3.42 | 52 ratings
Fear
1999
3.86 | 51 ratings
The Mission
2001
3.01 | 40 ratings
Eyewitness
2003
3.23 | 44 ratings
Paper Blood
2005
3.75 | 43 ratings
Collision Course...Paradox2
2008
3.56 | 35 ratings
X
2010
3.65 | 49 ratings
Show Me How To Live
2011
3.72 | 29 ratings
A Life To Die For
2013
3.88 | 8 ratings
Devil's Dozen
2015

ROYAL HUNT Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.64 | 18 ratings
Live 1996
1996
4.04 | 5 ratings
Paradox - Closing the Chapter
1998
4.00 | 8 ratings
Double Live In Japan
1999
3.86 | 14 ratings
Royal Hunt 2006
2006

ROYAL HUNT Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.75 | 8 ratings
1996
1996
5.00 | 5 ratings
Future's Coming from the Past - Live in Japan 1996/98
2011

ROYAL HUNT Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.00 | 4 ratings
The First 4 Chapters... And More
1998
2.80 | 5 ratings
Heart of the City
2012
1.36 | 5 ratings
20th Anniversary - Special Edition (3CD+DVD)
2012

ROYAL HUNT Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 5 ratings
The Maxi EP
1993
3.75 | 4 ratings
Far Away
1995
3.80 | 5 ratings
Message to God
1997
3.42 | 8 ratings
Intervention
2000
3.68 | 18 ratings
The Watchers
2001
3.75 | 4 ratings
Hard Rain's Coming
2011

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 A Life To Die For by ROYAL HUNT album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.72 | 29 ratings

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A Life To Die For
Royal Hunt Progressive Metal

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Danish band ROYAL HUNT have been a going concern for more than a quarter of a century, and as such merits a description as a veteran band at this point. They have twelve studio albums to their name, with a thirteenth just about to hit the market. "A Life to Die For" is their twelfth studio album, and was released through Italian label Frontier Music in 2013.

Royal Hunt is a band that have always been described as residing somewhere within the metal spectrum, with power metal, progressive metal and symphonic metal the most common descriptions given. The albums I've come across earlier have, arguably, been of a more progressive metal vein, but in the case of this 2013 production I'd say that the greater majority of the compositions have the strongest ties to the symphonic metal genre, with power metal as the main undercurrent.

As one would expect from a veteran act, this is a production that is well made and well produced, the technical aspects of this album have a high standard with impeccable quality. While perhaps not all that important, these aspects of a production does elevate the material quite a bit, the difference between a poor and a pleasant or a pleasant and a good end listener experience can often be tracked down to this, even if mix and production will always be coating and gloss that adds a final sheen. In this case these are important aspects of the album though, and not only due to the quality of the compositions as such, but due to the richly layered arrangements employed throughout that demands a detailed attention to mix and balance.

The material here basically revolved around digital orchestration and lead vocals. Royal Hunt have a strong lead vocalist in D. C. Cooper, and they make sure that his qualities are emphasized throughout. The rich orchestration courtesy of keyboardist André Andersen is still the main dominating trait though, his keyboard arrangements a key aspect of all compositions throughout.

The songs actually appears to revolve a bit too much around the vocals and keyboards as I experience it though, as the bass, drums and guitars are toned down quite a bit and with little room for other instrument details to add subtler details or depth to the songs as they unfold. Combined with a smooth production and a certain tendency to singalong chorus sections with more of an AOR orientation the end result is, at least for me, just too smooth for me at times. Pleasant and well made, but lacking that slight edge that elevates the total experience to a higher place. Details and depth are the key words I guess, as well as a lack of marked contrasts.

But when the blend does get a few additional details added in, the end result does become all the more striking. The dramatic impact surges that is a mainstay feature on opening track Hell Comes Down From Heaven a good example of that, as are the richer orchestrated movements and stronger emphasis on quirkier instrument details on concluding and title track A Life to Die For. Both of those creations represent the 2013 edition of Royal Hunt at their best in my opinion, and should be regarded as the signal tracks on this CD as far as I'm concerned.

At the end of the day I find "A Life to Die For" to be a somewhat uneven production, always smooth and elegant, but for my personal taste somewhat lacking in the details and sophistication department for this album to come across as a vital and vibrant production. Those with a taste for progressive rock and metal exclusively may want to approach this one with a bit of caution due to that, but if you have a strong affection for symphonic metal, and a particular taste for well produced, orchestration dominated specimens of that kind in particular, then this CD can be regarded as a fairly safe purchase option for your musical needs.

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 A Life To Die For by ROYAL HUNT album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.72 | 29 ratings

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A Life To Die For
Royal Hunt Progressive Metal

Review by J-Man
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3 stars DC Cooper's return to Royal Hunt for the release of 2011's Show Me How to Live reignited interest in this Danish progressive metal band for many listeners, and with 2013's A Life to Die For, that interest is likely to remain ignited. Royal Hunt's twelfth album doesn't deviate much from their established blend of neo-classical power metal, melodic hard rock, and progressive metal, but the songwriting here is strong enough to make for a solid listen from start to finish.

Although the title track and "Hell Comes Down From Heaven" easily stand out as highlights (I've always found that Royal Hunt's best compositions tend to be their longest), the rest of A Life to Die For is well-written and well-played. Keyboardist André Andersen's detailed symphonic arrangements are quite impressive, and DC Cooper's vocal performance demonstrates why he is such a fan favorite when it comes to melodic progressive metal.

Royal Hunt's bombastic and symphonic approach to progressive metal doesn't usually connect with me on the same level that bands like Fates Warning and Dream Theater do, but there's no doubt that these Danes are really good at playing the music that they play. Fans of Royal Hunt will definitely want to check out A Life to Die For, and this isn't a bad place for newcomers to start their journey either.

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 Show Me How To Live by ROYAL HUNT album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.65 | 49 ratings

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Show Me How To Live
Royal Hunt Progressive Metal

Review by Progrussia

4 stars I was so surprised by appearance of Royal Hunt in the Progarchives "hot list" (it, after all, is a retro metal band, and the worst kind of retro - cheesy 80s style), so decided to chip in. Havent got my hands on the new one yet, this is about the one from 2011.

Royal Hunt play highly orchestrated (the band leader, and only constant presence, is the keyboardist) power metal, with a couple of concept albums and epics that warrants its inclusion here. Actually it's amazing they are still around and haven't lost creative spark. Now, they do release weak albums for time to time, making think that they will be forever relegated now to the nostalgic tour circuit, but then BOOM! another album that is so strong. Show Me How To Live is one of such redeeming albums. Save for the title song maybe, it's not really prog, but just so energetic and infectious that you should jump up and start air-guitaring immediately, even though its more about the synths and vocals than the guitars. You'd think that for a cheesy metal band the concluding track titled Angel's Gone would be a wimpy ballad. Nope. Another boisterous rocker.

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 Paradox by ROYAL HUNT album cover Studio Album, 1997
4.23 | 109 ratings

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Paradox
Royal Hunt Progressive Metal

Review by progbethyname

5 stars ROYAL HUNT CREATE AN EXCEPTIONAL CONCEPT ALBUM FULL OF INTRIGUE AND WONDERMENT. 

As I listened to Royal Hunt's Paradox album I found myself shaking my head in disbelief due to just how incredible the storyline is and how the storyline was expressed musically. Royal Hunt have created an album that has a fusing of many different genres of prog rock, and it should be noted that Paradox is not just progressive Metal album strictly. I found myself hearing traces of folk/Art Rock, Neo and even some Crossover prog in this album. Paradox really is a wonderful blend of musical styles, but it does take to being more of a progressive Metal album than anything else. It's just nice to have  and hear the variety though. ;)

As for the concept of Paradox's storyline a lot of it is open to one's own interpretation, but here is what I gathered from it myself. 

A deeply religious man, who is 30 years of age has just killed a King of great ruling in his country and has escaped and seeked refuge in an old church on very dark and rainy night (this adds to the atmosphere) to escape further judgment and punishment for his crimes. Turns out, The King was a very bad ruler and was a man who was deeply oppressing the people of where this man (the Kingslayer) lived, which I think is 18th century England. Meanwhile The Kingslayer, who can't live with the guilt feels that he has mortally sinned and seeks answers and forgiveness from god due him killing the King of his country. 

What I found most fascinating is by how The Kingslayer goes through a whole ontological argument with God by justifying his actions at first (Silent Scream, Tearing down the World) and then later succumbing full tilt to the guilt and punishment he thinks he'll receive ( Time Will Tell, It's Over, Long Way Home.) All in all, it's a very clear story that examines the pitfalls of religion and the philosophical paradox where by can violence be a justifiable action to protect the one's you love while restoring peace and order for the greater good of humanity under the eyes of God? And will their still be a place in God's kingdom of Heaven if one does take another's life?  A Paradox indeed. ;) Religion can really twist up an individual if you ask me. 'Judas, come take me now!' as were the final words of our protagonist in this story. 

Furthermore, speaking from a musical point of view on The Paradox album I must say, that it is just as every bit as brilliant and compelling as the concept (storyline itself.) I absolutely love D.C Cooper's vocals and keyboards, especially on the track 'Silent Scream' where vocally you can just feel the emotion of D.C's Kingslayer character hauling off on God with such disdain and remorse all at the same time! A lovely point of entry to showcase D.C Cooper's incredible vocal abilities where he does remind me so much of the likes of Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) and Mathias Blad (Falconer) vocal styles/abilities. A very incredible combination if you ask me. Not to mention, Andre Andersen's keyboards are very versatile by how they sound like old and new styles of the Neo Prog genre and this is largely portrayed on tracks, Time Will Tell and Silent Scream. There is even some flute/mellotron notes as well. Very lovely for the listener. Also, I adore the bass playing by Steen Mogensen on River of Pain. The Bass just thumps so beautifully in your ear with a groove like feel to it. As for the Guitar it is a shared duty from creator/song Writer/Keyboardist Andre Anderson who is by far the leader of the group, and Jacob Kjaer. The Guitar work is sensational from both these players. You get killer riffs, epic solos and some soft acoustic guitar playing as well. It's an absolute treat and the solo on Time Will Tell at around the 2:50min mark is absolutely fantastic including the Keyboard/Synth solo that follows it up by Andersen. Lastly, the drums are very much in vein of a typical Prog Metal style by Allan Sorensen, where by playing fast, furious and very technical are the main proponents of style. Not much new there for me, but sounds awesome none the less!

Ergo, what I can say with all my heart is that Paradox is a masterpiece of an album. It makes you think based on the merits of its incredible storyline, and of course the musicianship is incredibly strong where by it poses itself to be a very accessible listen based on the catchy, radio friendly choruses and the wisps of soft-melodic keyboards and guitars as well on some songs.   To me, Paradox is an album that has absolutely everything and it is very well composed and written by Mr. Andersen himself. It even has some deeply melodic Choir orchestrations and strings added to some of the songs. Why ask for more? Backing vocals and strings in Prog Metal excite me very much and it is not commonly done. 

 It is also worth mentioning that the Paradox album comes with an onslaught of bonus tracks as well, which are utterly brilliant. You get to hear superb Radio Edit versions of Time Will Tell, Message To God and my favourite Silent Scream. And thats not all, your ears will be delighted with a very accessible and catchy version of the Awakening called 'Martial Arts' which the 1:49min track literally does Kung-foo kicks in your ears due to the blinding speed it's played at. Its just a fun and simple instrumental. Also, the Most Radio friendly song,'Restless' (3:20min) which actually fits into the storyline of the Paradox album! Restless is a song that sounds very much like an 80's pop song, but I actually really love it. Love when Cooper sings the lyrics 'who will remember me whhhheeeen I aaaam gone!' beautiful stuff and I love the Crossover Prog style they bring with this particular song. 

In Conclusion, I cannot think of a better album to recommend to someone who really is searching for versatilely and diversity in a progressive metal album, which I as said does carry an onslaught of other Prog genres as well. Paradox easily fits the Masterpiece rating entitlement and I will be giving this album many more listens for many more years to come. I can only hope Paradox LI will be just as good, but that will be a tough feat to top. 

5 very progacious devil horns out 5. Easily.  

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 20th Anniversary - Special Edition (3CD+DVD) by ROYAL HUNT album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2012
1.36 | 5 ratings

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20th Anniversary - Special Edition (3CD+DVD)
Royal Hunt Progressive Metal

Review by irregardlessly

1 stars I'll try to keep this short. I love Royal Hunt. They are one of my favorite bands. While not overly prog, I just love their neoclassical sound. This collection was a disappointment for me.

SONG SELECTION: Not stellar, but OK.

SOUND EDITING: OK this is bad. It sounds like if you just took the playlist of different songs from different albums on Itunes and burned to a CD. Since the songs on their original albums often ran over into their neighbors, the song changes are very abrupt. Very poorly done. The songs needed to be faded out, cut at different places, cross faded, or SOMETHING.

BONUS CD: Interesting and worthwhile if you are a completionist.

DVD: For me this is forgettable. I believe all of the videos on here are available elsewhere in more complete form.

PACKAGING: This is the real shame. I feel like this was put forward as a Special Edition / Premium product. The outer packaging is a long box like a DVD would come in. When you open that up you get one lousy insert card with a few pictures on it. There is no info about the band, the songs, the source albums, the band, etc. If this was really a 20 year retrospective they could have done a lot more with the "pack ins".

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 Show Me How To Live by ROYAL HUNT album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.65 | 49 ratings

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Show Me How To Live
Royal Hunt Progressive Metal

Review by Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer

4 stars The most intriguing aspect of this album is the fact that singer D C Cooper is back to the band that had launched his career. And, coincidence or not, Royal Hunt never had the been the same since he left. Nor was he capable of doing something as remarkable, solo or with his many side projects. So it was a bit natural that one day or another theyīd try to do something together again. And thatīs the dilema I was facing. Should I get the album and find if the magic was still there? Or should I forget it all and keep the good memories I had of this great band in the 90īs, avoiding the chance of a big disappointment? In the end I decided to take my chances into getting the new CD.

And it was worth it!! I donīt know if it was Cooperīs presence, or Andre Andersenīs renewed inspiration for great, bombastic and melodic tunes (maybe a combination fo the two), but Show Me Hot to Live is their best album since the masterpiece Paradox. Itīs absolute unbelievable how D Cīs vocals fit into the music like a glove. Itīs a pity that this reunion did not include other members of the classic line up (bar drummer Allan Sorensen, whoīs been with them since Paradox). But youīll hardly notice: new guitarrist Jonas Larsen is a brilliant musician and his style is quite close to that of Jacob Kjaer. And all the groupīs trademarks are there: Andersenīs symphonic keyboards, the great chorus reinforced by female backing vocals, the inspired guitar solos and the terrific rhythm section. Above all, of course, D C Cooper shows why he is one of the best all around singers of the world. He has lost none of his vocal prowness.

However, nothing would have worked so good without a good dose of great songs to match. And Andersen does deliver the goods: there is not a single bad moment in the whole CD. Only excellent, powerful and well arranged tunes that show the band in great shape. Ok, of course there is nothing really new or groundbreaking here. And the new stuff is not as fantastic as the Paradox, but I guess that would be asking for too much. The fact that the band, after all this time was capable of releasing such astonishing, convincing stuff is a feat on itself. I wish more bands could do that.

Production is top notch and the performances are spotless. There are no real highlights on this album, itīs all excellent, but I think the title track and Half Past Loneliness are excellent examples of classic RH tunes for future compilations.

Final rating: 4,5 stars. Highly recommended!

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 Paradox - Closing the Chapter by ROYAL HUNT album cover Live, 1998
4.04 | 5 ratings

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Paradox - Closing the Chapter
Royal Hunt Progressive Metal

Review by Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer

4 stars This is a very strange record. It seems to be released only to fulfill some contractual obligations, since singer D C Cooper was leaving the band at the time and it looked unlike that any new product from Royal Hunt was coming out soon. Well, thatīs my theory because I cannot see why they would release a live album composed solely of tunes from their Paradox album. It is ok that Paradox is without any doubt their best - and most progressive - work to date. But why not include a few classic tracks like Epilogue or Last Goodbye just to make it more atractive to fans? Itīs a mystery.

However, tracklist choices apart, this is a fine live record that shows the classic line up at their peak. The recording sound is just perfect and the production is crystal clear. And that can be a little annoying too: it sounds too much like the studio counterpart, even if, at parts, a few tunes do gain a little extra energy in the live format. And I must say they never have such collection of excellent songs to match. Paradox was surely their most inspiring moment and they deliver the goods with passion and precision on stage. Just listen to Andre Andersenīs unique orchestral keyboards delivery, Jacob Kajerīs inspired guitar solos and Steen Mogensenpīs elegant, classical, bass lines. But above it all, itīs D C Cooper amazing vocals that shines all through the CD, proving he is one of the best singers around.

So good indeed I canīt geve this album less than 4 stars due to their brilliant perfomance and the high quality of the their material, even if it could and would be better if they cared enough for the fans to add a few extra songs to make it a little different. Still...Royal Hunt was at the time one of the most original and interesting bands to be labeled as prog metal. A great show.

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 Show Me How To Live by ROYAL HUNT album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.65 | 49 ratings

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Show Me How To Live
Royal Hunt Progressive Metal

Review by J-Man
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Royal Hunt has been consistently pumping out well-received melodic progressive metal albums for the past twenty years, and Show Me How to Live is certainly no exception to this trend. Although you could argue that the band's most creative and innovative period is behind them, these Danes still know how to dish out relevant and memorable music in today's melodic metal scene. Their blend of neo-classical instrumentation, melodic choruses, and hard-hitting riffs is inevitably lovable, and while Royal Hunt isn't nearly as original as they were in the mid-nineties', Show Me How to Live is still a fine effort that fans of melodic progressive metal ought to check out.

The main format for Royal Hunt's sound is melodic power metal with symphonic and neo-classical overtones, in addition to numerous ventures into progressive territory. This style may not be groundbreaking anymore in 2011, but Royal Hunt proves that they are still relevant by their compositional abilities and top-notch musicianship. This is a group of fantastic musicians across the board, and Show Me How to Live also sports plenty of killer songs. While the epic title track takes the cake by numerous country miles, everything you'll find on this album is well-composed and highly professional. Aside from the occasionally plastic keyboard tones (which, I guess could be a positive for some listeners), there's really not much to complain about on Show Me How to Live - it delivers plenty of goods, and while it rarely reaches a level of true excellency, this is a damn solid album from all fronts.

People who are hesitant to Royal Hunt's brand of symphonic melodic metal won't have their minds changed by Show Me How to Live, but fans of the band will be pleased to know that they have yet another solid platter of hard-hitting tunes up their sleeves this time. Although I would've liked a few more jaw-dropping moments like those found in the title track, it's still really tough to deny quality like this. 3.5 stars are well-deserved, and Royal Hunt fans would be making a mistake by passing this one up!

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 Show Me How To Live by ROYAL HUNT album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.65 | 49 ratings

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Show Me How To Live
Royal Hunt Progressive Metal

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars Royal Hunt are a formulaic medieval operatic neoclassical metal band.

This is the type of band that would comfortably ride in to the sunset with Kamelot, Epica or even Manowar, at least in lyrical content, if not style. The formula is consistent throughout. A gentle opening, melodic verses, anthemic chorus repeating often and with multi tracks harmonies, dramatic violin sweeps, a lead break, and then more choruses to end. That's about it really and it could have really done with some breaks from this formula to give it some variety and hold interest.

The orchestrated synths provide massive symphonic blasts and the metal is always steady and distorted. It begins with battle clashes, horses braying and the sounds of war ushered in by majestic orchestration. 'One More Day' features the type of music that pervades throughout the album, clean male vocals, sounding a little like Bruce Dickinson, operatic choruses, synths to the wall, lead breaks, and metal distortion.

A phone call and a woman answering ushers in 'Another Man Down'. It is a quiet guitar and pulsing bass for a while. The vocals are softer and very well sung. It was nice to hear a female vocal soon after answering the male. There should be more of this. It is very much like Ayreon's duets or even Touchstone. The chorus is infectious and uplifting.

The formula continues with 'An Empty Shell' and it is a rocker with great synths and melodies. The violin strings serrate constantly on such songs and the classical feel is strong. Lead breaks come in with well executed dexterity. It is a dramatic soundscape generated, and one that is effective.

'Hard Rain's Coming' is the single beginning with lute or something and a quieter vocal. It builds to a catchy melody. It is quite a nice song, but very similar to everything else on the album so far. It is all beginning to sound the same, formulaic. You can sing along to this and I would say audiences do in a concert setting.

'Half Past Loneliness' has a steady traditional beat and some very good vocals. The violin sweeps are always present and the best part of it. The chorus is always bright and perky I am tiring of the same formula song after song.

'Show Me How To Live' is the mini epic of the album and I hoped for something pretty special being 10 minutes long. It begins with someone in the rain typing, at least that what it sounds like. The violins crank up, and then a melodic chorus, wait for it, here comes a chorus. It is slower and actually sounds better than other choruses on the album. After another verse and chorus the obligatory lead break begins. It is short as always and then back to the chorus. How this will fill 10 minutes is now the point of interest. Another chorus? Why not. How about another? No? okay the song now has a bridge, strange violins Psycho style. Love that sound, now we are motoring. Another bridge, the violins continue while a piano begins a melody, and this is already the highlight of the album. The sound builds to sustained key pads, very symphonic, then a choir of voices joins in the simple melody. A lead breaks launches into orbit, a nice sound and complements the soundscape. A change in key, a new time sig and we are off on a journey now and this is incredible music. It returns back to the key and melody of the beginning and we have another chorus, but it works to bookend the track. More of this and the album would be wonderful. It is a one off but worth checking out for this song alone.

'Angel's Gone' is a fast tempo majestic piece that ends the album with more formula, fast violins, a lead break intro, a verse, and don't bore us, get to the chorus. I liked the song and it is a great way to end this. So my opinion is this is a good album for those who love straight forward melodies and very anthemic medieval Viking bombastic metal. It is not really one for great riffs or lead breaks. It is however a fairly strong release and hopefully the band will improve on the next album.

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 Show Me How To Live by ROYAL HUNT album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.65 | 49 ratings

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Show Me How To Live
Royal Hunt Progressive Metal

Review by memowakeman
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Show me!

This is my first experience with Danish band Royal Hunt, though they have been rocking since early 90s, actually, this new album entitled "Show me How to Live" is their twelfth studio album, so they have a vast back catalogue. In this album they decided to put seven compositions and a total time of 37 minutes, in which a progressive metal, with some Viking touches and of course symphonic tones, will be heard.

It opens with "One More Day" in which we can appreciate since the first moments those mediaeval touches created mainly by voices and keyboards; and of course, the always inherent power of guitars and drums, sharing that metal-oriented sound. Then a new song appears with a ring phone and a female voice; a few seconds later piano enters in a soft way, accompanied by bass, drums, later guitars and voice, so now "Another Man Down" has truly started. The stories tell share different sensations such as pain, sadness, and hope. Here that female voice also sings, so they make a nice couple. The music is not that powerful, though the heavy sound is still there, but in a lighter way.

"An Empty Shell" starts with keyboards and creates a dramatic, even chaotic sound which is greatly complemented by the other instruments seconds later. So little by little the song is progressing, creating a vertiginous sound that let your imagination fly, because here I can create my own story with images and everything, even with characters and places, so I guess the song succeeded at least with me. After three minutes there are the classic guitar and keyboard solos.

"Hard Rain's coming" starts softer with keyboards and voice, but after 30 seconds it explodes and the energy is shown once again. Then the structure is being built up, with those backing vocals included that make me remind some of those Viking metal bands. The problem I sometimes have with these kind of bands, is that after some tracks I feel the music repetitive, and in moments even boring, but that's just me, who am not really a fan of this genre.

"Half Past Loneliness" is a bit different and by default more interesting. I like the bass sound in the beginning and how the guitar riff comes almost instantly. After a minute the vocals appear and the music slows down a little bit, but then the structure is repeated creating a catchy rhythm and chorus. After three minutes a new guitar riff appears, and then the song finishes with an emotional context.

The longest track is "Show me How to Live" in whose ten minutes the band develops an interesting composition, with good changes in rhythm and mood. Here they gather all their musical elements that we could previously hear, and resume them in this long song, where one can have a mini journey inside Royal Hunt's realm. After four minutes there is an instrumental part where keyboards take the leadership, creating a good atmosphere and sharing different nuances and emotions, I really like that part; then it little by little is progressing, the intensity increases until the guitar riff appears. Later vocals return as well as the initial sound, and it finishes like this. The final piece is "Angel's Gone" which reminds me of the album's first two tracks, with that symphonic-like keyboard-led sound. There is nothing much to add here, actually.

Well I bet this album might appeal to those metal (in its different forms) fans, it has very good compositions and great passages, though as I said earlier, to me the repetition became boredom in some moments, that is why I will give it three stars.

Enjoy it!

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