Royal Hunt – Show me how to Live (2011) – Review by Logan Lee
Royal Hunt is back. Show me how to
live is a fantastic return to prog scenario and with that I mean that I agree
with those who might say Royal Hunt made a few steps forwards with the last two
albums (which were technically awesome, but not as great as their amazing CDs:
Paradox and Fear).
In Show me how to Live, we are
finally able to hear the result of Andersen’s compositions and DC Cooper’s
voice together at last, and this equation could only end up with one thing: a
fantastic album at the same level as the unreachable (so far) Paradox. With all
the respect for the previous singers, that managed with their features to keep
Royal Hunt among prog first bands, DC Cooper is able to suite Andersen’s music
as no one else and if you hear carefully the title track, Show me how to live,
you might not need further proofs for this affirmation.
Well, the title tracks is doubtless
the best one on the entire album, but all the album is very pleasant to hear
and for me it is one of the ten 2011 best releases. Three tracks worth further
attention while listening to this CD, due to their complexity and sound: First
and last tracks , One More Day and Angel’s gone respectively, and track five,
Half Past Loneliness. One More Day sets
the table perfectly and gives the general idea of what the album will be and
Angel’s Gone encloses perfectly the album right after the perfect title track.
I want to repeat here what I’ve been
hearing about this reunion: it is not the usual “reunion” of guys that fought
in the past and now want to make some money, but a concrete project with new
ideas which powerfully puts Royal Hunt on prog metal Olympus after almost 14
years from Paradox release (even if for me Paradox is not yet beaten, but be
sure that if they keep this route the next album will manage to do so).
After a long time, I’ve found a
10-/10. Strongly suggested to all prog fans. Hope you enjoy it as I did (give a
feedback if you feel so and it will be very well accepted).
02. One More Day
03. Another Man Down
04. An Empty Shell
05. Hard Rain's Coming
06. Half Past Loneliness
07. Show Me How To Live