Royal Hunt


Royal Hunt (2003)

Royal Hunt: A new record, a tougher sound.

Andre Andersen talks about the new Eye Witness album and playing The Gods 2003.

How did you enjoy The Gods performance this year and how would you rate it?
The festival was great - very well organized. The actual show was pretty good - the sound (or lights) will never be perfect in a situation like this, but it was god and we played fine and reaction from the people was great.

Sorry I didn't get to meet you all in person - I didn't see you guys backstage at all!
The whole area was pretty crowded, so we went in and out rather quickly.

How do you find playing the UK over other places in Europe?
It was nice. We were very surprised that people knew the words of most of the songs - after all, it was our first show in UK.

Has the dynamic of the band changed at over the years?
We seem to be busier every year, so it kind of hard to notice the actual dynamics...

How about the recording process - you are a few albums in now with John West - have things changed in the studio? Is it easier, harder?
Much easier. John's so musical... Extremely diverse, so there's stuff there to discover in years to come. He didn't peak yet - far from it.

Is it still to early to rate this album again the others you have recorded?
Yeah, a bit. But presales are promising.

I noticed the sound on this one was a little tougher - maybe the production on it was a little fuller. Was this an intentional move?
Absolutely. The Mission was all Sci-Fi, digital and all, so on this one we went for an analog, full and warm sound.

How do you keep in good shape - especially on the road?
Lots and lots of Jack Daniels - good old snake oil.

What do you like best about touring - how do you rate the importance of being seen live and meeting fans when possible?
We still love touring - after all those years. Studio's fun too, but nothing beats that adrenalin rush you're getting on stage.

Do you get any funny/strange incidents from fans?
What about this guy on the signing session, waiting for almost half an hour for everybody to get their CD's signed and than - when almost everybody's left - asking me "which band are you in?".

How about the album itself - tell us about the concept behind it?
It's like "Headline News" - you're getting some bits and pieces presented to you, different - and very current - issues, all compressed to approx. 45 minutes.

Once again, I'd love a few comments on the songs themselves if possible!
Hunted - Great opener - fast and catchy

Can't Let Go - My favorite - sounds like a war machine

The Prayer - One of John's best performances

The Edge Of The World - Nasty - almost new rock sound, great lyrics

Burning The Sun - Typical RH - fast and melodic

Wicked Lounge - Try to mention another rock band doing a jazz tune on their album - and still sound like themselves.

Fifth Element - No RH album without an instrumental - it's the law!

Help Us G-D - Very emotional song - great combination of sadness and rage.

Game Of Fear - Fast and angry - the heaviest track on the album

Eye Witness - Jackyl and Hide - first half's unplugged, almost dreamy but the second half rocks.

Martial Arts* (Special Version) - Always in our live - set

Follow Me* (Live acoustic) - Unusual - audience won't let us go after 4th encore, so we played this one (but didn't have a piano that night), so we did it in a "alternative version" - with the Hammond.

Anything you would like to add?
Hope to be back in UK soon, playing, but for now - enjoy the album, we'll see you all soon.


ROYAL HUNT's 'Clown In The Mirror' Celebrates 25 Years via Digital

Royal Hunt's classic album "Clown in the Mirror" turns 25 in 2018. It has just been reissued to digital download platforms, remastered and with a refreshed cover artwork:

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ROYAL HUNT's 'Clown In The Mirror' Celebrates 25 Years via Digital

Royal Hunt's classic album "Clown in the Mirror" turns 25 in 2018. It has just been reissued to digital download platforms, remastered and with a refreshed cover artwork:

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ROYAL HUNT Go Back To The 'Land Of Broken Hearts'

ROYAL HUNT are proud and excited to announce a worldwide release of the re-mastered version of Royal Hunt´s debut album – Land of Broken Hearts (Special Edition 2018) which includes an extended booklet with rare pictures, “the making of” – story written by André Andersen, 4 bonus tracks and one previously unreleased song (recently restored/re-recorded). 
Tracklisting: Running Wild – Easy Rider – Flight – Age Gone Wild – Martial Arts (Instrumental) – One by One – Heart of the City – Land of Broken Hearts – Freeway Jam (Instrumental) – Kingdom Dark – Stranded – Day in Day Out – Land of Broken Hearts (Acoustic Version) – Age Gone Wild (Acoustic Version) – Bad Luck – What Goes Around Comes Around.
While going through the archives in search of bonus material, some raw video footage was found which was shot all the way back in 1992 but never used: the band performing “Age Gone Wild” from their debut.
Now the film has been restored/edited and finally published, giving all Royal Hunt fans a unique opportunity to re-discover this once lost and now – fortunately – newly found gem -

ROYAL HUNT Celebrate 25th Anniversary With Live CD/DVD '2016'

Friday, May 12, 2017
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Frontiers Music Srl celebrates Royal Hunt’s 25th Anniversary with the release of a brand new live 2CD/DVD, Blu-Ray, and MP3 set entitled “2016” on May 12.
Following a tradition established after two successful anniversary long form video releases - “1996” and “2006” - it is time for a third one: “2016”. Recorded with 9 HD cameras and top-notch audio equipment in Moscow's “Izvestiya Hall” during last year's world tour, the video shows “all-fab-things-Royal”: a high energy show in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd, an excellent set list, the band in top form, and a stunning stage production. Add a stellar audio recording and this package, celebrating Royal Hunt´s 25th Anniversary, is any hard rock fan's delight.
In keyboardist André Andersen’s own words: “25 years later Royal Hunt's still going strong-who ccould have imagined that? Not me, that's for sure-a quarter of a cenntury?! Absolutely unreal. 13 studio albums, lots of special EPs and compilations, 5 live albums, literally countless shows/tours, and now the 4th DVD release. Lots of ups and downs along the way, yet we're still around, still able to do what we love doing the most - making music. I always feelt that if you do it from your heart, if you stay true to yourself and work hard you´ll be granted this sort of staying power-and yes, wee´re all extremely grateful to our fans for giving us an opportunity to create, to improve and to continue our musical journey. So, once again, push that “play” button, enjoy this video and rest assured, the best is yet to come!”
“2016” full tracklisting includes:
1. Medley: So Right So Wrong / Martial Arts; River Of Pain
2. One Minute Left To Live
3. Army Of Slaves
4. Lies
5. Wasted Time
6. Heart On A Platter
7. Flight
1. May You Never (Walk Alone)
2. Until The Day
3. Half Past Loneliness
4. Message To God
5. Stranded
6. Medley: A Life To Die For / Epilogue
DVD / Blu Ray:
Medley: So Right So Wrong / Martial Arts
River Of Pain
One Minute Left To Live
Army Of Slaves
Wasted Time
Heart On A Platter
May You Never (Walk Alone)
Until The Day
Half Past Loneliness
Message To God
Medley: A Life To Die For / Epilogue
André Andersen - keyboards
DC Cooper - vocals
Andreas Passmark - bass
JJonas Larsen - guitar
Andreas Johhansson - drums

ROYAL HUNT - Cargo (Review)

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Friday, March 18, 2016
The powerhouse that is Royal Hunt continues on with this “in between albums” live release, a double album recorded during the band’s 2015 festival appearances.
The set takes in 90 minutes of full power Royal Hunt – a complete rendition of their signature concept album Paradox to kick off Disc 1. On Disc 2 there are just 5 songs, but thankfully the best track from the band's recent era - A Life To Die For - proves to be a fitting climax.
Just 12 songs for the 90 minutes of high intensity progressive (melodic) metal. You know the band – you know the songs. The only issue with a release such as this – is it any good? Yes indeed.
The recordings are clear, sharp and very well mixed. The performances are what you’d expect of the pros that André Andersen, DC Cooper, Andreas Passmark, Jonas Larsen and Andreas Johansson are.

One for fans of The Hunt and especially the Paradox album and a great performance from DC Cooper and the rest of the band.



ROYAL HUNT Release Brand New Double Live Album 'Cargo'

Friday, March 18, 2016
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Out on Frontiers Music Srl in March!
Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of ROYAL HUNT new live album entitled “Cargo” on March 18, 2016.
Following the release of their latest studio album - “Devil's Dozen” – ROYAL HUNT participated in three widely known Festivals around the globe in the fall of 2015: ProgPower USA, Loud Park Japan and Rockingham UK. They performed their energetic brand of symphonic/progressive yet highly melodic and instantly accessible Royal Rock for thousands of appreciative fans.
While ROYAL HUNT´s next tour – sat to the spring of 2016 – is being announced (see dates below), the band found the time to gather in the studio and pick out the best performances recorded during their festival trek: an hour and a half of ROYAL HUNT´s trademark sonic assault, skillfully captured on tape.
Why live album and why now? "Well, mostly because we haven´t released any live recordings for – roughly – 10 years or so." says keyboard maestro and principal songwriter Andre Andersen, “2006” was great and many fans consider it to be our best (some will pick “1996” or “Closing the Chapter” as their favorite) but anyway – it´s been awhile, so we assumed that it might be interesting for you to check out our “new swing” at this live set. Just think about it: last time we recorded “Paradox” live was almost 20 years ago! Add a few new songs, the excitement of the festival performance, a couple of new faces to the line-up and – all of a sudden – things are sounding quite a bit different. We´d say it sounds fresh but let´s see what´s your opinion on this matter will be."
The album includes a complete rendition of their signature concept album “Paradox”. Royal Hunt released 13 studio albums and their name stands for quality Symphonic / Progressive Metal.
CD1 - The Mission, Half Past Loneliness, River Of Pain, Tearing Down The world, Message To G-D, Long Way Home
CD2 - Time Will Tell, Silent Scream, It’s Over, May You Never, A Life To Die For
European tour dates
March 09, 2016 - Bruggarsalen, Stockholm, Sweden
March 11, 2016 - De Pul, Uden, Netherlands
March 12, 2016 - Corporation, Sheffield, UK
March 13, 2016 - Rock Palast, Bochum, Germany
March 14, 2016 - Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
March 16, 2016 - RCA Club, Lisbon, Portugal
March 17, 2016 - Sala Chango, Madrid, Spain
March 18, 2016 - Sala Fanatic, Seville, Spain
March 19, 2016 - Sala Apolo [2], Barcelona, Spain
March 20, 2016 - Circolo Colony, Brescia, Italy
March 22, 2016 - Randal Club, Bratislava, Slovakia
March 23, 2016 - Club Nova Chmelnice, Prague, Czech Republic
March 24, 2016 - The Rock Cafe - St. Pauli, Hamburg, Germany
March 26, 2016 - Riffelhof, Burgrieden, Germany
March 27, 2016 - Foeyr, Burglengenfeld, Germany
March 29, 2016 - Progresjia, Warsaw, Poland
March 30, 2016 - Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark
March 31, 2016 - Jagger Club,St. Petersburg, Russia
April 01, 2016 - TBD
April 02, 2016 - Izvestia Hall, Moscow, Russia
April 03, 2016 - A38, Budapest, Hungary
April 04, 2016 - Atlas Club, Kiev, Ukraine
April 05, 2016 - DKS, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine
April 06, 2016 - KKZU, Kharkov, Ukraine
April 08, 2016 - DKZD, Vladivostok, Russia   
The band:
André Andersen – keyboards
DC Cooper – vocals
Andreas Passmark – bass
Jonas Larsen – guitar
Andreas Johansson - drums



ROYAL HUNT - Devil's Dozen (Review)

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It must be symphonic rock month, as Denmark’s symph-rock legends Royal Hunt keep their momentum going with album number 13, fittingly titled Devil’s Dozen.
You always know what to expect with the Hunt. So after an expected over the top bombastic intro, the opening track So Right So Wrong delivers everything fans were expecting.
With the exception perhaps of the tone in DC Cooper’s vocals. Not sure why he is using a nasally tone for some of the vocals? Either way, it’s a very fine classic Royal Hunt tune.
May You Never (Walk Alone) has a nicely balanced orchestral piano intro, high on sentiment before exploding into a double kick drum epic.
There’s only 8 new tunes on the album (similar to the last release), but with 5 of those near or over 7 minutes, there is still good value on offer.
50 minutes of bombastic, classic Royal Hunt material, with DC in fine voice and the writing and production talents of Andre Andersen in good form.
In many ways this album typifies the sound of the band over the previous 12 albums. They probably won’t top my favourite The Mission, but this is very consistent and nothing short of massive in sound.
I can’t separate the songs into favourites – there are only 8 – so no fillers thankfully.


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