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Ten albums in and Royal Hunt once again come up with a stunner.

The new album by Royal Hunt has been out for quite some time in Japan and thanks to Italian label Scarlet records we here in the west can finally enjoy the bands tenth album. Yet what you’re going to hear when you yourself get a copy of ‘X’, isn’t your usual album from the band. Yes all the trademark sounds that make up the bands music are here but the neo classical symphonic metal that they are known for has been watered down slightly for a more Rainbow-esque hard rock sound. The change in style was down to the band members shared love of classic hard rock from the 70’s, and after you get used to the subtle musical change the less symphonic musical panorama, fits the new album to a tee and the songs really begin to grow on you in a big way.

That is what I suggest you do when listening to this album, let it grow, breathe and expand on you before you make a judgment as to it’s merits. Giving it the time it needs is essential to enjoying the music which is of an amazingly high standard, and older fans of the band will then easily forgive the change in styles. ‘Blood Red Stars‘, ‘King For A Day’, ‘End Of The Line’ and the sublime ‘Army Of Slaves’ all tip their hats to the 70’s hard rock of Purple and Rainbow and fittingly they are all great songs as well, so I don’t really think that it matters that Royal Hunt have changed tack with their sound.
Ten albums in and Royal Hunt once again come up with a stunner, for me one of the best bands playing this type of music around today, a must have for old Royal Hunt fans, and anyone who misses those bombastic rock days of years gone past.

Ian Johnson  

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