Fireworks

CD Reviews

Royal Hunt - 'Show Me How To Live' http://www.rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/c3/25/f2/1713_royalhuntshowmewheretolive_1323029981.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     December 04, 2011    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
5709   0   1   0   0   0

Artist

A mini Metal opera from start to finish.

Royal Hunt founder, multi-instrumentalist, composer, lyricist and producer Andre Andersen having started talking on Skype with his former vocalist recently, decided after some fruitful discussions to re-introduce DC Cooper back into his band after a 13 year absence and thus in the process re-ignite the fire they had back in 1998 when Royal Hunt seemed on the verge of a major breakthrough. Their momentum slipped somewhat after DC’s departure although the quality of releases were still high and replacement vocalists such as John West and Mark Boals were of a major league calibre.

It’s possible that the bubble for the neo-classical style pioneered by Yngwie J. Malmsteen had burst at that point with a saturated market and Royal Hunt, because of Andre’s classical influences, were bracketed in that category and became victims of their own success. Everybody loves a label! Fast forward to the present and what we have here is arguably the finest release bearing DC’s name under the Royal Hunt banner. A fabulous album cover of a Templar-style Knight thrusting forward with banners flutteringby artist Kai Brocksmidt offers an insight into the type of sounds contained within the disc. All the songs are expertly woven like a tapestry of many colours and images as Andre Andersen paints vast landscapes with a dynamism of epic proportions, both equally demanding in places yet forgiving in quantitive measures, dancing in transcendental eurhythmical fashion like raindrops upon a swaying ocean.

It’s a real tour de force of musicality, full of melody and classical orchestration, exhilarating shredding from the young guitar hero Jonas Larsen, intricate drum patterns from Allan Sorensen and pounding bass from relative new boy Andreas Passmark.

It’s like DC has never been away as his familiar high-end melodic vocals cut in amidst swathes of classical keys on opener ‘One More Day’ after the sounds of battle on the intro that tie-in with the album cover lend way to an orchestral beginning. The interplay between Andersen’s keyboards and Larsen’s guitar on the solo is what Royal Hunt are renowned for but the chorus is simply stunning with fabulous echo effects that I swear could bring down the walls of Jericho!

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site


Michelle Raitzin (replacing the departed Lise Hansen) duets with DC in ‘Another Man Down’ which has a melancholic vibe with lyrics to match and smooth melodies featuring nice key changes from Andre throughout and a wah wah solo from Larsen before he decides to imitate Malmsteen and show everyone exactly what he’s capable of.. Sorensen also lends his considerable technique to proceedings with some good double bass drumming. In fact Larsen is allowed free range on every song including more Malmsteen style shredding on ‘An Empty Shell’ and a fast picking style on ‘Half Past Loneliness’ which allows him to show off his superb playing technique. He indulges in a fabulous harmonic picking style whilst dueting with Andersen’s keys as the interplay between them on the title track becomes very self indulgent in the instrumental mid-section. The whole ten minute song has an epic feel to it with a piano and strings intro, rumbling drums mid-section and choral backing vocals on the chorus. But it’s not all fast picking from the young Larsen as he plays a tastefully subtle solo on ‘Hard Rain Coming’ with some emotive notes and feel. This song features a Renaissance style Hammond intro from Andersen and superb arrangement throughout plus a great big sing-along chorus again with overlaid backing vocals.

The afore-mentioned ‘An Empty Shell’ is a schizophrenic neo classical piece that has DC mixing his high vocals with some Oliver Twist Fagin-esque style talking. There’splenty of demented keyboard soloing from Andersen leading to Larsen’s fast shredding, dramatic drumming from Sorensen and neat bass play from Passmark interspersed with Andre’s keys and lovely choral backing vocals from Maria McTurk and Alexandra Popova. Vying for favourite song though with ‘One More Day’ is the previously mentioned ‘Half Past Loneliness’ as a nice bass and drum intro from messrs Passmark and Sorensen gets the feet tapping and the head nodding. It features nice superfluous keys and Larsen’s harmonious guitar as well as his fast picking style on the solo but equally stand-out is the glorious ABBA-esque chorus. When DC sings “Half Past Loneliness I’m Wide Awake, How Much More A Wounded Broken Heart Can Take” one can’t help but feel his pain! Try as I might I couldn’t link it to any of |Benny and Bjorn’s creations but there-in lies Andre Andersen’s genius. A sense of familiarity from a number of influences yet with a uniqueness and originality bestowed on every composition, this album plays like a mini Metal opera from start to finish.

Carl Buxton

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

 


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  September 2019  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
        1
  2  3  4  5  6  7  8
  9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
30      

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 5 hours, 38 minutes ago
  • Berny : @ARONITY: Thanks for your order. As stated in the item's description, it can take up to three hours for your purchase to be processed. You should have received a mail containing the download instructions by now. Thanks for your patience!
  • ARONTY : Hi, Just ordered #88 pdf, Paypal show the payment, but no d/l link, please help..
  • Berny : @John: Pls. check your mail, this should have been sorted by now. Apologies for the delay!
  • johnmason : Hi. I paid for #88 and it doesn't show up in the licenses/Downloads and I never received any email telling me how to download it.
  • Rocktopia Te : Fireworks Magazine #88 is out now!
  • SeaDog57 : Thanks Berny got it
  • Berny : @SeaDog57: Not sure why the password disappeared, but it's back. Pls. download your copy from the usual place (i.e. Fireworks - > Bonus CD 87 on the TOP menu). Have fun! :)
  • SeaDog57 : Berny looking for the link and password to Issue 87 free music
  • Berny : @yvesrock: Apologies for the troubles. I've just sent you an email.
  • yvesrock : Hi,I ordered the 11th june the new Fireworks' magazine (issue 87) and I didn't receive it. Can you see if you sent it ? Best wishes Yves
  • yvesrock : Hi,
  • Berny : @Gazza2005: Please accept my apologies for the delay in processing your order. You should have received a confirmation mail by now. We are really trying our best to fix the payment issue as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience! PS: It seems as if you sent the payment twice, we sent you a refund.
  • Gazza2005 : I have bought issue 80 and I still ha e not had confirmation of my download. Please could this be sorted out
  • Gazza2005 : Hello. Can someone direct me to my download please
  • Gazza2005 : Can someone help please
  • Gazza2005 : It’s Fireworks 80
  • Gazza2005 : Just paid for my online version / download but I keep getting failure message. All paid for so what is going on
  • Berny : Sorted! Thanks for your patience, enjoy the magazine! :)
  • HenningHallq : Hey guys! I purchased FIREWORKS #87 yesterday and paid by my paypal, but there is still no download link on my account. Can you help me with this? Thanks a lot!
  • Siodmak : Really thanks !!!!
  • Berny : @Siodmak: Pls. do not worry about the error message, we currently have to process orders manually because of a n issue with our payment system. I do not want to bore you with technical details, but the redirection from PayPal to our shop does not work as it should, that's why your purchase is not assigned automatically. We are working on it! Sorry for the troubles & thanks for your understanding. We hope you like the new issue of Fireworks! :)
  • Siodmak : Hello guys : - ) same problem as with previous number: just purchased Fireworks Mag. 87, and this is the message: "We are sorry, but it looks like your transaction failed". I've paid it with paypol. Thanks for your help!!
  • Berny : @Raphone @colorvine: You should have received your download instructions by now, if you haven't, pls. send a mail to «email» - Sorry for the troubles!
  • colorvine : Hello! Purchased FIREWORKS #87 yeasterday and paid by my paypal, but there is still no download link on my account.Can you help? Thanks
  • Raphone : Hello! Purchased FIREWORKS #87 yeasterday and paid by my paypal, but there is still no download link on my account.Can you help? Thanks
  • Berny : Fireworks Magazine #87 is out now!
  • SeaDog57 : Thanks again Berny
  • Berny : Hi SeaDog57: Apologies!Password can be found in the forum, link was (again) added to the "Fireworks" menu.
  • SeaDog57 : Berny; need a download link for #86 and the pg number for the Code
  • Berny : @Siodmark: Pls. check your mail! Apologies for the troubles, we hope you enjoy the magazine! :)

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site