Royal Hunt – Dystopia Pt.2 - Reviewed By hellfire-magazin.de ! Check it out here at this link: https://www.hellfire-magazin.de/royal-hunt-dystopia-pt-2/
It's hard to believe that Royal Hunt has been around since 1989 and the band has already released their sixteenth studio album over the years.
Curiously, however, the Danes have always stayed under the radar, and have never been able to play their way up to the top echelon.
Why is that? No idea, it can't be the quality of the songs; they are, like now with the new album "Dystoia Pt.2", high-class.
As a prog hater, the categorization “prog metal” puts me off; maybe others feel the same way. However, the prog elements in Royal Hunt are used very carefully and sparingly. Sometimes a little more ("The Key Of Insanity"), sometimes a little less ("Thorn In My Heart").
So it can be that the boys themselves are a bit in the way. Too much for prog deniers like me, too little for prog fanatics.
Without a doubt, Royal Hunt have a gifted singer in DC Cooper, who shines both in the fast songs and in the more sedate pieces a la "Live Another Day" or "Left In The Wind".
And even if the singer is silent, as with the instrumental "The Purge" there are no qualitative slumps.
The music of the Copenhageners is definitely not for the side; here you should take your time and enjoy the songs with devotion. With the boys it's not just about playing three minutes of songs, but here the average length is about seven minutes. “Scream Of Anger” even comes up with fourteen minutes. And that doesn't automatically mean that the songs are exclusively "heavy stuff"; you just didn't shy away from living out cool ideas in peace.
For me, "Dystopia Pt.2" is definitely worth 8.5 out of 10 Hellfire points . - hellfire-magazin.de
ROYAL HUNT START PRE-SALES OF THEIR NEW STUDIO ALBUM – “DYSTOPIA. PART 2” – OUT ON OCTOBER 26TH VIA KING RECORDS (JAPAN/SE ASIA) AND ON OCTOBER 28TH VIA NORTHPOINT PRODUCTIONS (EU/N & S AMERICA).
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ROYAL HUNT will release their new studio album – “Dystopia. Part 2” – on October 26th via King Records (Japan/SE Asia) and on October 28th via NorthPoint Productions (EU/N & S America). The second and final part of the concept will again feature guest performers: Mats Leven (TSO, Skyblood, Vandenberg), Mark Boals (Y.J. Malmsteen, Ring of Fire, Royal Hunt), Henrik Brockman (Royal Hunt, Evil Masquerade, N ́Tribe), Kenny Lubcke (Narita, Zoser Mez) and Alexandra Andersen (Royal Hunt, JSP). “Dystopia – Part 2” will be released in following formats: regular CD, various Deluxe editions/bundles and a gatefold, heavy vinyl double LP (availability date pending). ROYAL HUNT keep expanding their trademark sound and, as the story which inspired the project - Ray Bradbury ́s classic novel “Fahrenheit 451” – gets more intense towards the end, the music turns into more dynamic, heavier direction. Once again the guest singers add even more dramatic contrasts to an already cinematic yet solidly rocking soundscape. Simply a “must have” for any symfo/prog /power fan out there!
1. MIDWAY (RESUMPTION)
2. THORN IN MY HEART
3. THE KEY OF INSANITY
4. LIVE ANOTHER DAY
5. THE PURGE
6. ONE MORE SHOT
7. SCREAM OF ANGER
a) Hit and Run b) The Thrill of the Chase
8. LEFT IN THE WIND
9. RESURRECTION F451
The entire opus is just one minute shy of an hour: 58:57:17
MESSAGE FROM THE BAND: “Thinking back to the release date of the “Part 1” back in 2020 makes you realize what a crazy time we all went through just during the last two years: who could have imagined that our “Dystopia” – project would reflect the harsh reality in such detail? And the madness is still ongoing. In any case, “Dystopia – Part 2” is even more relevant today than ever: we followed the general concept yet filled it up with images of current events in order to make it resonate with every person, everybody living through 2020 to 2022 and watching insanity to unfold in real time”.
Early access and bonus videos are available in Royal Hunt Camp – a crowdfunding campaign. Join the Camp by pre-ordering a Deluxe Edition or any bundle to support the release and listen to studio sessions already now. https://royalhunt.com/store/
Bio: 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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Dystopia - Part 1. (2020)
15th Studio Album by Royal Hunt
“DYSTOPIA - PART 1” was released on December 16th, 2020 via King Records (Japan/SE Asia) and on January 15th 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 - Part 1” 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.