ROYAL HUNT – “DYSTOPIA. PART 2” - Reviewed By allaroundmetal ! Check it out here at this link: https://www.allaroundmetal.com/component/content/article/26-releases/10231-la-seconda-parte-di-dystopia-riconferma-i-royal-hunt-come-una-delle-bands-di-punta-del-rock-sinfonico
Very punctual as clockwork, the Danish Royal Hunt, one of the most representative bands of symphonic Rock/Metal since the end of the 80s, are back with their new album. The present "Dystopia - Part 2" is the obvious continuation and conclusion of the saga that began with "Dystopia - Part 1", released about a couple of years ago. As for the previous one, also in this work there is a massive presence of guests: Mats Leven (TSO, Skyblood, Vandenberg), Mark Boals (YJ 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). Royal Hunt's style points again to quality rather than innovation by increasing the intensity of the compositions, and indeed, improving the already excellent prequel by smoothing out the imperfections. The classic style is confirmed, i.e. the union of orchestrations and Progressive Rock/Metal, but without there ever being a real prevalence, creating a perfect balance (the long and elaborate "Thorn In My Heart" dispersed between fairy-tale suggestions and arabesque scents) that always stimulates the listener always trying to amaze. If the twisted "The Key Of Insanity" and the neoclassical interlude "The Purge" are perhaps the least successful episodes, there is something to enjoy in the remaining tracks. “Live Another Day” is a little jewel in which every musician manages to give his small contribution thanks to a remarkable interlocking crescendo: first the rhythm section shows off (Andreas "Habo" Johansson and Andreas Passmark have an excellent ) in a kind of dramatic dance, then leaving room for the guitarwork of an increasingly inspired Jonas Larsen, who delights in fiery riffs indulging in subtleties and impressive melodic/epic peaks, not to mention the beautiful solos. DC Cooper on vocals is always magnificent and the work of mastermind André Andersen on orchestrations is impressive but never over the top. The five musicians demonstrate an increasingly growing harmony and this is demonstrated by the rocky symphonic Hard Rock named "One More Shot", the stupendous semi-ballad "Left In The Wind" (refined and with an enviable solo work) and the pearl soundtrack of almost fifteen minutes "Scream Of Anger", with theatrical tones that starts with a Metal ride and then takes many different paths in a majestic crescendo. Albeit with some small flaws and a couple of subdued songs, allaroundmetal
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.
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