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Royal Hunt - 1996 (10/10) - Denmark - 1996

Genre: Melodic Metal
Label: Rondel Records
Playing time: 131:09
Band homepage: Royal Hunt

Tracklist:

CD 1

  1. Flight
  2. 1348
  3. Wasted Tim
  4. Stay Down
  5. On The Run
  6. Stranded
  7. Keyboard Solo
  8. Martial Arts
  9. Far Away
  10. Last Goodbye
  11. Land Of Broken Hearts
  12. Makin' A Mess

CD 2

  1. Clown In The Mirror
  2. Guitar Solo
  3. Step By Step
  4. Drums & Bass Solo
  5. Running Wild
  6. Epilogue
  7. Age Gone Wild
  8. Ten To Life
  9. Legion Of The Damned
  10. Kingdom Dark
  11. Time
Royal Hunt - 1996

I bid you welcome to the live show of the exceptional band called ROYAL HUNT, today on the menu, just as expected, nothing else but top-notch Melodic Metal. I find it great when bands succeed to equal their performances from their records on the stage as well, and sometimes even top them, just like in this case. This double-live record is already 11 years but still sounds very fresh and quite impressive indeed. The guys from ROYAL HUNT (and the girls in the background) have always enchanted us so far (1996) with a very good sound and production and it would have been a real disappointment if on the stage had been the other way round, and they came up with something lesser in quality.

 

But the menu is flawless, very well prepared, out of the most noble ingredients, and served just like it must be, one should just lean back and enjoy the feast. And let ROYAL HUNT spirit you away in a wonderful land of divine melodies… really appropriately introduced by the opener “Flight”:

„…fly forever and try –

Cross over the sky-

Feelin' the wind blow…“

 

…and one really flies, carried by these majestic keyboard tones, the wonderful vocals, the enchanting sound of the guitars and bass…but don’t worry the concert is not (only) about ballads or slower songs, cause the most of the songs are full of energy and very catchy indeed. It is done quite rarely or hardly at all, but here I have to praise the performance of the ladies in the background, cause their contribution to the sound of this concert is not to be underestimated.

 

I could really find nothing to say against this album, cause it is one of the best live performances I have ever heard, starting with the sound and production to the performance of each and every musician involved. It is one of the last performances of the band with this line-up, cause slowly the guys around Andre Andersen would leave the band, so even in this regard this is something unique. And don’t forget, those of you who not only to hear the concert but also see it as well, a video version of this performance has also been released. Enjoy!

(Online February 15, 2007)

Jenö Szöke



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