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Royal Hunt - The Mission (7,5/10) - Denmark - 2001

Genre: Melodic Metal
Label: Frontiers Records
Playing time: 51:51
Band homepage: Royal Hunt


  1. Take Off
  2. The Mission
  3. Exit Gravity
  4. Surrender
  5. Clean Sweep
  6. Judgement Day
  7. Metamorphosis
  8. World Wide War
  9. Dreamline
  10. Out Of Reach
  11. Fourth Dimension
  12. Days Of No Trust
  13. Total Recall
Royal Hunt - The Mission
I still regard "Moving Target" the best album by Danish ROYAL HUNT and also "The Mission" doesn't change that, even though I have to say that it's the best one since that album. Something that I just am missing is the voice of DC Cooper. Not that John West were a bad singer, no, no, the man is a master of his craft, but voices so often are the decisive factor...

What is obvious, at least with many of the songs the guitars are more to the foreground, less the keyboards (as on "Paradox"). And there also are some more modern undertones, do not fear, no Nu Metal or similar musical catastrophies, but still more modern than we had been used from the Danes.

The songs are mostly in the area of heavier Melodic Rock, which sometimes crosses into Melodic Metal, with the keyboard still as melody-leading instrument, yet not overpowering the guitars this time. For the heavier side stand "Surrender", the instrumental "Fourth Dimension" and "Total Recall", while "The Mission" (one of those songs with a slightly more modern undertone) and "Judgement Day" are more rooted in the Rock and "Days Of No Trust" features the ballad of the album.

Oh, and don't let the number of 13 tracks impress you, six of them are shorter instrumental pieces... All in all a good album, which still doesn't reach their heyday, but for sure above average.

Alexander Melzer

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