Royal Hunt - Dystopia - Reviewed By Metal Heads! Thursday December 24 2020, 8:31 AM
Royal Hunt - Dystopia - Reviewed By Metal Heads!

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ROYAL HUNT - "Dystopia" (Release: December 18, 2020)

You really don't have to introduce a band like ROYAL HUNT to you - the followers of - I think. To be active and recognized in the scene for so long in today's fast-paced times is a really respectable achievement. Hold on tight, because the Danish formation already has their 15th studio album ready for us on December 18th, 2020. Ten songs have found their way to this new shekel, and we have you so here already the first track "The art of dying" presented in collaboration with Mats Leven (including Candlemass). Here you have the music again:

ROYAL HUNT have recruited reinforcements ...

ROYAL HUNT are actually on the road as a classic fiver . For the new studio album, however, various guest singers were able to be engaged, whose vocal performance enhances the material. Frontman DC Cooper is of course beyond any doubt, but the use of different singers naturally expands the spectrum and thus the tonal possibilities.

Orchestral starts the brand new release of ROYAL HUNT. Pompous, one would like to call it. There is no save with elements that create a powerful impression. Wow! It is partly like a film score. Instrumental. With the second it gets a lot heavier. Double-bass passages, quick fingers on the guitar strings playing melodic arrangements. "Burn" is voluminous and the vocals underline that. We have already introduced song 3 to you with the video above. The song is really strong !!

"I used to walk alone" starts with raindrops and piano sounds and then captivates with great female vocals . This creates a special atmosphere. The next number is a real rocker again! The drums bring drive, the guitars in combination with the keyboard provide the harmonic part. That fits! "Hound of the damned" then begins - I would like to call it "Industrial" - that comes as a surprise . So stylistically this song comes across as "completely different". But that's not bad. Just stands out a little from the rest of the material. But also rocks in its own way and is well done.

This is followed by a good two and a half minutes of sounds arranged in the style of classical music in a more calm mood. But shortly afterwards ROYAL HUNT deliver us with “Black butterfly” a melodic track that appears with some volume, but also knows how to withdraw at the right time. You have to manage your strengths and set accents at the right moment. OK then! The more than 8 minutes are really entertaining . With the next song there is a breather, acoustic guitars to start. Just take everything a little easier. Suitable for the upcoming Christmas party! Even if it gets a little more peppy, it remains moderate. The end is imminent: contemplative 80 seconds let this album fade away.

The conclusion to the new ROYAL HUNT release here at : For a band that has been in the business for so long, it is certainly a challenge to remain true to themselves and still develop further. We are holding the 15th album by the Danes in our hands and what can I tell you !? One can argue about the very quiet parts. Of course, you don't always have to go full throttle , but some passages are extremely cautious. I think the stylistic excursion with “Hound of the Damned” was a success and I like the typical punchy tracks with bombast parts in the best ROYAL HUNT manner anyway. All in all, familiar trademarks and something new .

Royal Hunt have just released a new music video - “The Art Of Dying” – single song from their new concept studio album “Dystopia” (NorthPoint Productions/King Records) -

New Concept Studio Album
ROYAL HUNT will release their new studio album – “Dystopia” – on December 16th via King Records (Japan/SE Asia) and on December 18th 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” will be released in following formats: regular CD (jewel case), various Deluxe editions / bundles and a gatefold, heavy vinyl LP.
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.

01 - INCEPTION ℉451

02 - BURN





07 - THE MISSING PAGE (Intermission I)



10 - MIDWAY (Intermission II)

Royal Hunt is a power / progressive metal band from Denmark. The name Royal Hunt appeared for the first time in 1989; a brainchild of André Andersen (main songwriter in the band) this outfit was created in order to combine basic values of Classic Rock with progressive, current musical elements. Today, after selling around 1.8 million albums and touring the world numerous times, the band is still going strong.


André Andersen – keyboards
DC Cooper – vocals
Andreas Passmark – bass
Jonas Larsen – guitars
Andreas HABO Johansson – drums

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