Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Metal
Digitally remastered Japanese reissue of the Scandinavian power metal group's third album overall & first with American D.C. Cooper taking over as vocalist. Contains all of the original tracks, plus five bonus tracks, 'Far... more »
Digitally remastered Japanese reissue of the Scandinavian power metal group's third album overall & first with American D.C. Cooper taking over as vocalist. Contains all of the original tracks, plus five bonus tracks, 'Faraway - Double Conversion' (Instrumental) and live versions of 'Intro - Wasted Time', 'Flight', 'Stranded' & 'Epilogue'. All bonus tracks are taken from their second mini-album 'Far Away'. 14 tracks total. 1999 release.
GRAND SOUND! LIMITED FOLLOWING?
Mr D. | Cave Creek, Az United States | 04/06/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I tend to write reviews for musical groups that seem to have limited exposure to the public. You'll never see me write a review on Backstreet Boys', 'Millennium', which currently has 366 reviews, or any similar popular albums, which if the reader doesn't know if they like a song or album after hearing it on the radio or MTV is certainly not going to use a review to decide. My reviews are generally about worthy albums by the underrated, the unheralded, or the obscure, whose music is likely to be unheard unless purchased. This review is about one of those groups. Danish progressive metal band, Royal Hunt is not really unheralded nor obscure but they certainly are underrated. Royal Hunt plays a melodic type of progressive metal of mostly medium to fast tempo. They have a large sometimes bombastic sound that is unique in the progressive genre. Also, not necessarily unique but certainly unusual, is the heavy use of keyboards, which together with the american singer, D.C. Cooper, gives the band a sound slightly like a progressive version of ASIA, a popular band of the 70s & 80s. D.C. Cooper subsequently left Royal Hunt after this release to pursue a solo career(his first solo release self-titled D.C. Cooper is very good). Subsequent Royal Hunt releases, also very good, have a capable replacement in John West. Royal Hunt, while technically not superior to many of their better known contemporaries, such as Stratovarius or Symphony X, I find their music to be more, shall we say, user friendly. While I applaud the latter bands for their musicianship, Royal Hunt seems to be smoother, less jarring and the songwriting, I think, is superior and therefore easier to listen to. I've had this CD for about two years so I may not sound as enthusiastic as if I had just gotten it two weeks ago, instead of two years ago but I assure you this is a very, very solid album. This particular release has 15 songs and they are all top shelf. My favorite song by Royal Hunt is Fear on the Fear album but the overall quality of this album is better. Outstanding songs on this album are Time, Epilogue, Last Goodbye, 1348 and all the rest. Royal Hunt seem to have a loyal but limited following here in the states. This is a shame because, as mentioned, they are at least as good as all of their better known contemporaries such as Rhapsody, Stratovarius,Symphony X and Dream Theater. Telling you about Royal Hunt isn't the same thing as hearing them for yourself. If you trust me, buy this album or Paradox, or Fear, or Mission, or Watchers, you won't be disappointed, or find some way to hear one of them first, then buy one of them. Here is a list of the songs:
1. Last Goodbye (Anderson) - 6:33
2. 1348 (Anderson) - 4:32
3. Makin' a Mess (Anderson) - 4:00
4. Far Away (Anderson) - 4:58
5. Step by Step (Anderson) - 5:11
6. Autograph (Anderson) - 3:36
7. Stay Down (Andersen) - 4:21
8. Give It Up (Anderson) - 4:01
9. Time (Anderson) - 4:53 10. Far Away [*] (Anderson) - 4:38
11. Restless [*] (Anderson) - 3:20 * bonus tracks..."