Fireworks

CD Reviews

Royal Hunt - 'In The Heart Of The City (Best Of 1992 - 1999)' http://www.rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/50/6c/3a/2638_royalhuntheartofthecity_1345549371.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     August 21, 2012    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
5383   0   1   0   0   0

Soaring melodies, profuse keyboard orchestration, shimmering guitar runs and hooks to die for.

Unquestionably one of the most unique hard rock acts to emerge during the last couple of decades, Royal Hunt are one of those bands that tend to polarise opinions. There are those who view their penchant for overblown bombast as little more than pretentious twaddle, whilst others (myself included I must say) hold the view that without their trailblazing sound much of the theatrical rock and metal we take for granted today simply wouldn’t exist!

Founded in Denmark back in the late 80’s as an outlet for the extrovert musical compositions of Russian born composer Andre Andersen, the band has undergone more than its fair share of line ups over the years. It’s well known in the business that Andersen can be a hard task master, difficult to work with even, his oft zealous pursuit of perfection not exactly the kind of behaviour likely to endear him to those around him. I’m sure those with a passion for psychology could make much of this ‘driven’ personality trait, but when you listen to the breathtaking majesty that is the Royal Hunt back catalogue how could anyone logically argue that the end doesn’t justify the means?

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


Recently reunited with mid 90’s vocalist DC Cooper (considered by many to be the definitive voice of Royal Hunt), the band are currently embarked on their 20th Anniversary jaunt around mainland Europe, and to help celebrate even further their record company are about to release ‘In The Heart of The City...’, the band’s first official ‘Best Of..’ set.

Concentrating on the 90’s and pulling together ten mouth-watering tracks from their first five studio albums (all long since deleted and therefore increasingly difficult to track down at a reasonable price), if you’re still undecided or new to the musical enigma that is Royal Hunt, this is actually a pretty good place to start. Succinctly summing up the neo-classically infused pomp and circumstance that is in essence the Royal Hunt sound, I could wax lyrical at length about any one of the ten tracks included here (or indeed lament the omission of a dozen more – why no ‘Message To God’ for example), but suffice to say, once heard the likes of ‘Clown In The Mirror’, ‘Kingdom Dark’, ‘Tearing Down The World’, and the brooding ‘Fear’ will indelibly imprint themselves on your subconscious mind!

Soaring melodies, profuse keyboard orchestration, shimmering guitar runs and hooks to die for sum up Royal Hunt, and you won’t find better proof of that than this CD. Just a shame it wasn’t a double album or included a few rarities ... then it really would have been a ‘must have’ for fans old and new alike!

Dave Cockett

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

<<  March 2021  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
  1  2  3  4  5  6  7
  8  91011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031    

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 2 months ago
  • Johns Band : Will videos appear again in watch and listen. Good way for who albums to buy. I have Wrathchild - Live From London on DVD that might have been here. YouTube have averts now.
  • Berny : @rocktu: We used to produce a series of podcasts that were available for download on Rocktopia. Other than that, there's no radio station I am aware of.
  • rocktu : Hi i would like to know was there ever a radio station of fireworks
  • rocktu : Hi
  • Rocktopia Te : Fireworks #93 is out now! : - )
  • Berny : Hello @zigma33, you should have received a download link two days ago. Could you pls check your inboxes? Many thanks, B. :)
  • zigma33 : Hi! I purchased your latest issue #92 yesterday but never received my download.
  • daveomd : Got it along with my download, everything looks great! Thanks, Dave
  • Berny : @daveomd: We sent you a mail immediately after your purchase, and have just sent another email now. Please contact me at «email» should you not receive it. Many thanks!
  • daveomd : I purchased your latest issue #92 but never received my download.
  • Berny : @Hysteria & @KI2000: Many thanks for your kind words! :)
  • Hysteria : Received my download copy almost immediately and downloaded 50 magazines for free. Cannot complain! Thanks guys!!!
  • KI2000 : Love the new issue guys, great magazine!
  • Berny : @Mugi89: Your confirmation mail was sent on the 22nd, I've just sent it again. Please contact me at «email» should you not receive it. Many thanks!
  • Mugi89 : Hi! I purchased my digital copy of issue 92 2 days ago but still didn't receive it. When am I gonna be able to download it? thanks
  • Berny : @zom414: Your mail was forwarded to the Fireworks team yesterday, I am going to ask them again. Sorry for the delay!
  • Berny : @Mitch Perry: Your order was received at 4AM local time. As stated on the order page, all payments have to be processed manually. Your copy of Fireworks 92 was added to your download section, many thanks for the purchase.
  • Berny : @RobC68: I sent you two emails explaining the situation. There's not much more I can do for you at the moment, so I'd suggest you stop buying the magazine. Thanks.
  • zom414 : Still not received the latest issue by post, I've emailed as well but not heard anything. Can you let me know what's happening please?
  • Mitch Perry : Can I have my download link, please? Issue 92 22 Sep 2020 07:57:11 BST Paypal Transaction ID: 1BS38875MX3700248
  • RobC68 : purchased issue 92 in download version. been waiting more than a day....PATHETIC SERVICE as it happens with every purchase!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Berny : @rgilman: Please check your e - mail for download instructions.
  • rgilman : Hello I bought the Deep Purple issue how do I download it? Thanks
  • Berny : @jharper36: Please check your e - mail.
  • jharper36 : Hi, i purchased the download of issue #92. How do I download it?
  • Berny : @loudjlopez: Sorry for the troubles, pls. check your mail. Many thanks!
  • loudjlopez@m : Any word on my digital download of issue 91. Paid on Saturday. It is Tuesday. Thanks
  • loudjlopez@m : Paid for Fireworks #91 for digital download. No word since Saturday and it is Monday.
  • Berny : @fdr: Magazines were sent on Monday. Thanks for your purchase and best regards, B. :)
  • fdr : Hi, yesterday (august 12th) I sent you a payment for 21GBP for the purchase of issues 91 and 82 of Fireworks magazine. (code 7D3182072X778721A) but still haven't received a word od confirmation. Can you please check?

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