Question: What do all of these bands have in common? Iron Maiden, Anthrax, Judas Priest, Royal Hunt.
Answer: They have all released kick ass albums with the return of their original or best vocalists.
I personally think that the two albums "Moving Target" & "Paradox" are by far the best albums that Royal Hunt have ever released and they were on the brink of becoming one of Metal's biggest names. Not that there is anything wrong with the albums they did with John West & Mark Boals on vocals. But they never did reach the heights of "Moving Target" & "Paradox" and Royal Hunt has faded away from one of the biggest names in melodic progressive metal to just another run of the mill band. NOW enter D.C. Cooper again and that magic is back. I hope this time they keep him.
ROYAL HUNT has just released their 11th studio album: "Show Me How To Live" and if you are a fan of the band this is just pure musical ecstasy, following on from where "Paradox" left us waiting for more. But unfortunately that never did eventuate with D.C. Cooper leaving the band, until now.
I'm not going to analyze "Show Me How To Live" song by song, as the album should be enjoyed in its awesome wholesomeness. What I will say is that it is very majestic, bombastic and very very enjoyable melodic progressive metal/rock. Some people will say that Royal Hunt is just going back in time to capture that sound of the 90's they pioneered, well I say "nothing wrong with that to my ears, so fuck you". But, in saying that "Show Me How To Live" does sound very fresh & heavy by today's standards and is not just another "Paradox 2"
"Show Me How To Live" feels like an evolved Royal Hunt sound, still has those soaring melodic solos and that crisp neo-classical sound. The production is top notch and nice and crisp. The only fault I could pick if I had to pick one would be its too short. Maybe another 2-3 tracks would have been nice.
If you haven't heard any Royal Hunt you won't go wrong with this release and I'm sure a lot of old fans will come flooding back to the fold as well. Good Job guys, this is what we have been waiting for \m/
André Andersen - Keyboards
D.C. Cooper - Vocals
Andreas Passmark - Bass
Jonas Larsen - Guitars