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ROYAL HUNT

SHOW ME HOW TO LIVE

RELEASED 2012

 


 

Beautifully constructed fiery rock that is now so smooth and well-rounded it starting to almost sound like a parody of the genre…

 

 

‘One More Day’ that opens sounds like Power Metal gone pop, it’s that smooth, imagine a parallel universe where melodic rock rather than the beat of pop underpins all music and that is kind of what you get here. There are choral vocals, rock drums, cleaner than clean solos, well groomed vocal, it’s all rather ‘rock in theory’ but not necessarily in intent. There’s no dirt, no danger just vast uplifting songs that will either have you elevated on high or cowering away for some sleaze.

 

 

To be perfectly blunt I have very mixed feelings about this CD. I don’t know if it is the way of things to come or a sidestep down a rather well-lit alley way in a rather nice part of town?

 

 

Reminding me in part of a band I do enjoy – Last Autumn’s Dream with a symphonic, almost religious leaning (aurally) and a big lump of ELO thrown in songs like ‘An Empty Shell’ sound great but leave me hollow. It’s a bit like Prog Rock - you know that the musicians on display are of a calibre that most fellow musicians would probably cream over but at the end of the day there’s a fine line between cleverness and technique and real enjoyment. This falls on the wrong side for me.

 

 

I can imagine medieval audiences might be up for a bit though, maybe just before a good joust and a flagon of something fiery…

 

 

Saying all that songs like ‘Half past Loneliness’ are just great Melodic Rock.

 

 

 

By Leslie Phillips