Royal Hunt - Dystopia - Reviewed By Metal Underground! Thursday December 24 2020, 8:36 AM
Royal Hunt - Dystopia - Reviewed By Metal Underground!

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The Danish progressive / power warriors ROYAL HUNT have been an integral part of my life when it comes to forgetting a darned day. Her monumental masterpieces have always spoken volumes and the god of singing DC Cooper always went one better. Five years have actually passed since my last round and “Dystopia” is not the successor to the great “ Devil's Dozen ” , with “Cast In Stone” in between in 2018 . This, like the present disc, was no longer published in the service of Frontiers Music SRL.

While the previous album was released as an independent release, the band has found a new home for the latest work under the North Point banner.

As on the brilliant " Devil's Dozen ", the group is not stingy with brutal riff and bombast orgies and offers why they are among the big ones in the action. The musically performed epic is heard from the very first second and the Danes leave no stone unturned to cast the listener into an addictive spell. Based on the classic dystopian novel by Ray Bradbury, "Fahrenheit 451", "Dystopia" is a concept album that tells a very dark story of future society. ROYAL HUNT were always the right address for such undertakings .

The opulent bombast prog metal epics make you sit up and take notice and the good Mr. Cooper puts the so-called icing on the cake. In the last section of 2020, the band invokes their own strengths by shaking one epoch-making masterpiece after the other out of their shirt sleeves and doing so with the ease as if there was nothing simpler in this life.

Musical gimmicks such as tempo changes are used to the full, so that you stay spellbound in front of the player so as not to miss anything.

While other troops from this area struggle with the shortcoming of fighting heavily after Dream Theater, this was never the case with ROYAL HUNT . They have found their own way beyond the known norm and also convince power and melodic metallers as well as the proggie community.

In fact, the music the Danes are offering on their latest disc is terrific. Due to the multitude of fragments from Power and Melodic, as well as some bombast spurts and the light progressive interludes, there should be something for a large number of Metalheads!

One thing is fact, this opulent sound journey takes you into wide spheres and the listener doesn't get out of these quickly, because the Danish quintet takes care of that from the first song. This proves the artistic existence with which ROYAL HUNT approach their songwriting in advance. The troupe left no stone unturned and the result is an opulent masterpiece that completely sweeps you away.

Conclusion: ROYAL HUNT succeeded with “Dystopia” Melodic Progressive Metal Masterpiece!

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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