If you have been a listener of the great band for a long time, you might think so: in this new album there is something creeping that can trap the profile of its creators. Not that their work is not of the expected level, there are compositions and orchestrations characteristic of the style of those who can not be ignored. They are capable, they show excellent self-sufficiency, but they seem to be limited to what they can achieve on their own. With all the difficulty one can articulate such a thing towards these cultured musicians, they probably needed a renewal and collaborations with a modern approach. It is not so much a matter of production as of approach, of a willingness to make their talent evident, at a time when mechanistic, cheap, grandiose imitations of classicism are gaining ground. Mats Leven, Mark Boals, Henrik Brockmann, Kenny Lubcke, Alexandra Andersen, all of them met the requirements of the material and their reputation guarantees its quality. - Flight Of Pegasus
“ Dystopia ” released on December 16th via King Records (Japan/SE Asia) and on December 18th (UPD: physical format on the 15th of January 2021) via NorthPoint Productions (Europe / N / S America). A concept album offering a considerable expansion of the band´s trademark sound and featuring performances by guest vocalists: Mats Leven ( Candlemass, TSO, Skyblood ), Mark Boals ( Y.J. Malmsteen, Ring of Fire ), Henrik Brockmann ( Royal Hunt, Evil Masquerade, N´Tribe ), Kenny Lubcke ( Narita, Zoser Mez ) and Alexandra Andersen ( Royal Hunt, JSP ).
“Dystopia” is available on ALL digital platforms (as MP3, FLAC), and as a regular CD (jewel case), various deluxe editions / bundles and a double heavy vinyl LP at royalhunt.com
ROYAL HUNT - " The Art Of Dying " ft. Mats Leven (single version)
ROYAL HUNT keep intriguing fans with their adventurous endeavors and the band´s 15th studio album is no exception: a monumental concept opus featuring symphonic, progressive yet hard hitting compositions full of impeccable performances, wrapped tightly into immediately accessible format and a lush, contemporary production.
The addition of some extraordinary guest singers and their outstanding performances combined with vastly extended orchestrations creates a truly conceptual, cinematic feel throughout each and every track.
THE ART OF DYING
I USED TO WALK ALONE
THE EYE OF OBLIVION
HOUND OF THE DAMNED
THE MISSING PAGE (Intermission I)
MIDWAY (Intermission II)
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