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Royal Hunt


Progressive Metal

3.95 | 95 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars ROYAL HUNT are a metal band from Denmark who on this release have American D.C. Cooper on vocals.Their music is in the Power- Metal vein and very orchestral sounding. I'm not a big fan of either of those styles really. They aren't as epic-sounding as say BLIND GUARDIAN or as heavy as SYMPHONY X or KAMELOT.

"Last Goodbye" is very orchestral sounding as most of the songs are. The song quickly accellerates as vocals come in. The chorus is catchy with female backing vocals. Cooper is in fine form hitting those high notes. He ends the song by quoting the Lord's prayer. "1348" is similar to the opening track but slower. Some great axe work after 2 minutes followed by a keyboard solo. The background synths are a nice touch. "Makin' A Mess" is an uptempo tune with some prominant drumming. Guitar solo 2 1/2 minutes in. This is another catchy tune with backing vocals, and again very orchestral sounding.

"Far Away" has some great organ in this song. I love the sound 3 minutes in as the guitar and drum melody is excellent. There are QUEEN-like harmonies in a song that is hard not to like. Cooper is great ! "Step By Step" is a saucey song with guitar that almost speaks. Nice guitar solo after 3 minutes. "Autograph" is the only instrumental. A powerful melody that is led by piano, and the drums are amazing. "Stay Down" is my favourite track. This has some fantastic guitar to open, and it soars after 2 minutes as he follows it up with a nice solo. The background synths work well. "Give It Up" is an uptempo song with great vocals and guitar. "Time" starts slow but turns into a rocker. Some incredible guitar before 3 minutes.

So a good album no doubt, just not really my favourite style of music.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |


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