ROYAL HUNT

Progressive Metal • Denmark
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Royal Hunt is a melodic progressive metal group from Copenhagen, Denmark, formed in 1989. Their strength lies in the songwriting skills of the band chief André Andersen who plays the keyboards and occasionally other instruments (on the debut album he also handled the guitars.)

So far the band has released 10 studio albums, 3 official live albums, 5 EPs. The debut, Land of Broken Hearts, came in 1992, and the newest one, X, in 2010.

Royal Hunt's line-up has changed many times during the years. Most notable thing being that they have had four different vocalists: Henrik Brockmann(who later joined Evil Masquerade) on the first two albums, D.C. Cooper (Silent Force etc.) on the next two and John West (Artension) who came in 1999 and has stayed in the band until March, 17th, 2007. On December, 13th, 2007, the band announced Mark Boals to be the new vocalist for Royal
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ROYAL HUNT Land of Broken Hearts album cover 3.93 | 7 ratings
Land of Broken Hearts
Progressive Metal 1992
ROYAL HUNT Clown in the Mirror album cover 4.00 | 5 ratings
Clown in the Mirror
Progressive Metal 1993
ROYAL HUNT Moving Target album cover 3.81 | 8 ratings
Moving Target
Progressive Metal 1995
ROYAL HUNT Paradox album cover 4.02 | 13 ratings
Paradox
Progressive Metal 1997
ROYAL HUNT Fear album cover 4.08 | 6 ratings
Fear
Progressive Metal 1999
ROYAL HUNT The Mission album cover 4.20 | 6 ratings
The Mission
Progressive Metal 2001
ROYAL HUNT Eyewitness album cover 3.00 | 4 ratings
Eyewitness
Progressive Metal 2003
ROYAL HUNT Paper Blood album cover 3.16 | 7 ratings
Paper Blood
Progressive Metal 2005
ROYAL HUNT Collision Course: Paradox II album cover 2.96 | 8 ratings
Collision Course: Paradox II
Progressive Metal 2008
ROYAL HUNT X album cover 3.33 | 11 ratings
X
Progressive Metal 2010
ROYAL HUNT Show Me How To Live album cover 3.39 | 10 ratings
Show Me How To Live
Progressive Metal 2011
ROYAL HUNT A Life To Die For album cover 3.64 | 3 ratings
A Life To Die For
Progressive Metal 2013
ROYAL HUNT Devil's Dozen album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Devil's Dozen
Progressive Metal 2015

ROYAL HUNT EPs & splits

ROYAL HUNT The Watchers album cover 3.00 | 3 ratings
The Watchers
Progressive Metal 2001

ROYAL HUNT live albums

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1996
Progressive Metal 1996
ROYAL HUNT Double Live in Japan album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Double Live in Japan
Progressive Metal 1997
ROYAL HUNT Paradox: Closing the Chapter album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Paradox: Closing the Chapter
Progressive Metal 1998
ROYAL HUNT 2006 Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
2006 Live
Progressive Metal 2006

ROYAL HUNT demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

ROYAL HUNT re-issues & compilations

ROYAL HUNT Heart of the City album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Heart of the City
Progressive Metal 2012

ROYAL HUNT singles (4)

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The Maxi - Single
Progressive Metal 1993
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Far Away
Progressive Metal 1995
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Message to God
Progressive Metal 1997
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Intervention
Progressive Metal 2000

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Royal Hunt 2006 Live
Progressive Metal 2006

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ROYAL HUNT Paradox

Album · 1997 · Progressive Metal
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Warthur
Royal Hunt's paradox finds the prog metal pioneers on fine form, with the band at points capturing the stateliness and majesty of the most refined classical music in a metal context. Their house style of prog metal is based less on technicality than the likes of Dream Theater, and includes some power metal influences here and there, but somehow they avoid taking things in a cheesy direction but maintain an appropriately rich and evocative tone for the deep subject matter they attempt to tackle. Keyboardist Andre Andersen is the star player, with an orchestral touch to his keyboards which really brings the album's sound together.

ROYAL HUNT A Life To Die For

Album · 2013 · Progressive Metal
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J-Man
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.

ROYAL HUNT Show Me How To Live

Album · 2011 · Progressive Metal
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Stephen
Long time singer, DC Cooper, finally went back to ROYAL HUNT after 13 years, a big hooray from the fans camp. He has a great vocal, I must admit, but sadly, I don't know why ROYAL HUNT's music didn't fascinate me much, perhaps because they're standing undecided in the middle of prog area and heavy metal, hence I can't really appreciate the big value of Cooper's contribution.

What offered here is basically an old time formula, for those who's familiar with Cooper's earlier era should find this easier to digest. Progressive metal with neoclassical element, but this time looks like they reduced the prog weight a bit and played with more straight forward heavy metal routine. 'One More Day' for example, this is symphonic and heavy metal combo while 'Another Man Down' started slow before building up the tempo, and both are pretty good track.

'An Empty Shell' is the weakest tune here but on the contrary, 'Half Past Loneliness' has the best chorus here and stands up as the greatest song. The sixth track, is the longest but the first half of the song didn't really grab my attention, but after the upbeat instrumental, I can see that this is not a bad track at all.

I found that this album probably will be enjoyed immensely by fans of Cooper and long time ROYAL HUNT fans, but to me, this is quite average and even the best track isn't really memorable by any stretch. You're okay with it, but in no time, it's traceless and you might completely forget about it. 65-70%

ROYAL HUNT Show Me How To Live

Album · 2011 · Progressive Metal
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J-Man
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!

ROYAL HUNT Show Me How To Live

Album · 2011 · Progressive Metal
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Conor Fynes
'Show Me How To Live' - Royal Hunt (7/10)

Royal Hunt takes an intriguing place as one of those legendary progressive metal bands that I have never heard about until recently. Having been around about as long as Dream \Theater, this band has been making their classically-influenced brand of progressive metal since the style was crawling on all fours. Over twenty years into their career now, the art of album-making is nothing new to these Danes, and 'Show Me How To Live' reflects that confidence and experience. With a firm grip on their melodic style, Royal Hunt creates an experience that is almost certain to impress lovers of both progressive and neoclassical metal.

As a newcomer to the music of Royal Hunt, the first band that this Danish act reminded me of were Kamelot. Although Royal Hunt predate Kamelot by years, their sound has developed into one that parallels the trend in neoclassical metal. Operatic 'power metal' vocals, symphonic keyboards, dramatic melodies and spitfire musicianship are all elements of Royal Hunt's music, and despite the fact that the style of music that this band plays is no longer 'my thing' so to speak, 'Show Me How To Live' has stood to me as a memorable album, solid in most respects. With the exception of the bold title track, the songwriting here is based in a hard rock tradition. While these songs are exciting enough to go off on instrumental escapades as per prog metal canon, they are centered around powerful choruses that reflect the band's skill with writing melodies, and depth of arrangement. The symphonic elements that Royal Hunt chooses to season their music with are never too elaborate, but adds a touch of extra class to what they do.

The largest qualm with Royal Hunt's sound is that while their neoclassical take on melodic metal may have been more adventurous back when the band was first starting out, Royal Hunt's established style is beginning to show signs of age. This album may be the band at their most professional-sounding, but by the second or third track of this record, little comes as a surprise. Regardless, 'Show Me How To Live' is a passionately performed and tastefully composed album by these underrated legends, and although Royal Hunt finds themselves amidst a sea of melodic metal soundalikes, they manage to stand out.

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