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Royal Hunt – Show Me How to Live Award winner

Royal Hunt
Show Me How to Live
by Jorge “The Zarto” Zamudio at 26 December 2011, 8:27 PM

ROYAL HUNT, clearly a big name in the worldwide Metal scene, especially known to those who always loved the symphonic sound in the Power / Progressive style. The core fans (including me) must be more than happy with this album, not only for its sound, the lyrics or the return to the classic style, keeping the modernity as a high stake in the new record, but to the fact that D.C. Cooper returned to sing. I have been waiting 13 years for this moment, and hell yeah!!, it was not disappointing. He is better than ever, reaching all the levels with his voice and still remembering the “Paradox” memento, a time when I thought there was no better band in this style than ROYAL HUNT.

Now let’s focus on this release, Andre “Mastermind” Andersen, has chosen to bring back what made them famous: the Neo Classical mix with the melodic Metal, making ROYAL HUNT's established style beginning to show signs of age, and don’t get me wrong, when I say this, it is because that ROYAL HUNT is starting to become a classic in the music world, a place well-earned with all the talent that has been out from each and every song in the past and in this release. Operatic “Metal” voices, symphonies made only with the keyboards, hard riffs, catchy rhythms, easy-to-learn lyrics; a perfect reunion of this elements in only 7 songs, something very outstanding if I may say, because some “great” bands try the same in 14 or 15 songs, and not even a single one is good enough to compare with ROYAL HUNT tracks.

So, after all the praises I’ve written, I can only say that listening to this has made me very happy, full of energy and eager to hear more of this “new” line-up. And to those who still do not believe me I only could tell: “Whoever's path you've crossed, whatever's hurting most, It´ll all be washed away… a hard rain is coming”.

5 Star Rating

1. One More Day
2. Another Man Down
3. An Empty Shell
4. Hard Rain's Coming
5. Half Past Loneliness
6. Show Me How To Live
7. Angel's Gone 
André Andersen– Keyboards
D.C. Cooper– Vocals
Jonas Larsen– Guitars
Andreas Passmark– Bass
Allan Sørensen- Drums
Record Label: Frontiers Records


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