ROYAL HUNT – “DYSTOPIA. PART 2” - Reviewed By metal-digest ! Check it out here at this link: https://metal-digest.com/2023/01/13/royal-hunt-dystopia-part-ii/
Take a look across the landscape, as the armies of genres wait to make their move, power metal is easy to spot. This is the genre carrying the colourful banners unfurled and flying in the wind with the crest of Royal Hunt easy to spot. This year has the Danish power metal legends delivering the second part to their 2020 critically acclaimed ‘Dystopia’ album with part two of this story.
Those familiar with both Royal Hunt’s work and the previous ‘Dystopia’ album will find that with ‘Dystopia, Part II’, many of the themes, motifs and imagery return as the Danes once again deliver a superb album of proper power metal. This is a band who know how to deliver an album and not only is the musicianship top notch here (just see the Malmsteen-esque ‘The Purge’), but the song writing adds that big final push into making these songs memorable and with a huge sense of replayability. ‘Dystopia, Part II’ is further enhanced as the same guests who helped make ‘Dystopia’ so good return to the fold as once again, the likes of Mats Levén and former Royal Hunt vocalists Henrik Brockmann and Mark Boals bring their expertise to the table to boost an already good album.
If you are looking for a great power metal album, then ‘Dystopia, Part II’ is where it is at. There is everything here that will please the Royal Hunt fan and more and really, you can’t argue with that. - metal-digest
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.