Royal Hunt - Dystopia - Reviewed By Kobzr ! Check it out here at this link: https://www.kobzr-magazine.de/cd-reviews/r/royal-hunt-dystopia/
With "DYSTOPIA", ROYAL HUNT are doing quite well. In the best Power Metal manner, filigree, playful riffs and keyboard sequences are mixed together to form a very harmonious and lovely melody. With ROYAL HUNT I particularly notice the singer's organ in a very beneficial way. Here you don't completely fall into these fairy-like spheres, but consistently deliver snappy and lively songs that encourage you to bang along, but still shine with their impressive structure and attention to detail. Failures are not to be found, instead there is game-technically appealing, robust and high-quality food for the entire season, packed in an official broadside for the listener. I would like to pay special attention to the catchy title "BURN" and track "THE EYE OF OBLIVION" Clues. With "I USED TO WALK ALONE" a ballad is also immortalized on the disc, which purrs out of the speakers in a pleasantly kitsch-free and sober manner, so that I don't have to chalk the disc with any overly serious auditory canal-sticking properties.
Nevertheless, you go down to business with a lot of feeling and a sense of harmony, and you have to give ROYAL HUNT a high level of technical ability across the board. So this album can be recommended without reservation for all friends of the genre. ROYAL HUNT kindle a firework of ingenious guitar melodies and chants, which is why you just can't get the individual songs out of your head. Other grenades are "HOUND OF THE DAMNED" or "BLACK BUTTERFLIES", all of which shine with great vocals, great melodies and extremely catchy guitar leads. As expected, the production is fantastic with a clear, powerful sound, so I can only congratulate it. Here we are dealing with a very strong album that every fan of this style will be completely enthusiastic about. - Kobzr
“ 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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