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  • Audio CD (18 Mar. 2015)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Caroline International S&D
  • ASIN: B005SJIO9W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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The band once more joined forces with former lead singer DC COOPER to continue the magic of Royal Hunt and returns to the classic sound which put the band on the map in the first place, all the way back in 1991. Royal Hunt s music is melodic with a progressive and symphonic flair. Founded in Denmark in 1989 by keyboardist Andre Andersen, Royal Hunt has gone through numerous personnel changes since the inception. Though certainly the two albums that they have released with American singer DC Cooper; are the ones that mostly stood the test of time: Moving Target in 1995 and the subsequent concept album Paradox in 1997.In the beginning of 2011, Andre and DC got in touch once more to see if they could cooperate again, which resulted in a small reunion tour. It was a great success and consequently led to the mutual decision of DC rejoining the band. While Andre Andersen - a musical genius who can virtually play any instrument, compose, write lyrics and produce all at the same time is undoubtedly the powerhouse force that drives the entire ensemble forward like a bulldozer, it s also sure that DC is one of the top singers in the entire hard rock world. The extension and warmth of his vocals are the key elements that can bring back Royal Hunt to the throne of nowadays Hard Rock world. Once again recorded and produced at NorthPoint Studios in Denmark, Show Me How To Live brings back Royal Hunt at force 10 with an highly melodic sound and rich, lush arrangements and stellar production. With the amazing new line-up, the fans as well as the critics, are about to get a fresh taste of the powerful and rejuvenated ROYAL HUNT!

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Royal Hunt: André Andersen keyboards / D.C. Cooper vocals / Allan Sørensen drums / Andreas Passmark bass / Jonas Larsen guitars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Green VINE VOICE on 18 Feb. 2012
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I first came across DC Cooper quite a number of years ago when he appeared on the Explorers Club album, and I always found his singing to be very much like a high class David Coverdale....sublime. Indeed, it led me to purchasing DC's solo effort from 2000, even though that particular release (with a couple of exceptional songs) wasn't that much of a showcase for the man and his voice - so when I came across Royal Hunt and discovered the unmistakable vocal chords of DC splattered all across of it, I just had to get me a copy - and even though I am not a great fan of "Euro" rock, with it's dubious lyrics and musical themes - I'll make a big exception in this case simply by virtue of the quality that DC brings to the table.
Certainly, it's a short album by today's standards, at a measly 42+ minutes, but despite it's bombast and classical overtones this album surely rocks - from the opening "fight sequence" and chorale of One More Day through to the crescendo of Angel's Gone, there is so much going on that it actually takes several serious listens to take it all in. Great songwriting, great musicianship and terrific wall of sound production make for a great listening experience so, yep, it's a good 'un and if, like me, you love the voice of DC Cooper and you like your music to hit you like a train, then GET'll never regret it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fit To Rock on 3 Feb. 2012
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I bought this album because D C Cooper is on vocals and I'm so glad I did. I'm a big fan of DC's from his days in Silent Force, but this is a much more powerful beast. Full on syphonic prog rock/metal at its best. Now I have to explore their back catalogue.
If you like bands such as Stratovarius, Sonata Artica and ofcourse Silent Force you will love this album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mountainking on 6 Dec. 2011
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It's good to see and hear DC Cooper back in the band. This album has the classic Royal Hunt sound, with some new twists. Some nice epic and bombastic songs.
Definitely a great album that should be in any one who likes symphonic hard-rock!
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By Fabio on 11 May 2013
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DC Cooper is back with a vengeance, and you'll have no chance of stopping this album playing. It is too awesome.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
At long last, Royal Hunt with DC Cooper once again 18 Sept. 2012
By Justin G. - Published on
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While certainly not on par with, say, the Black Sabbath reunion, the news that vocalist DC Cooper had rejoined Royal Hunt definitely made waves in the melodic metal community. Cooper's departure from the band he helped put on the map (and vice versa) wasn't exactly amicable, and the idea of another Royal Hunt album with his instantly-recognizable vocals seemed like wishful thinking at best. And yet here we are, more than a decade after Cooper's last album with the band, and the fences between him and keyboardist/songwriter/producer Andre Andersen have apparently been mended. Enough at least for a new studio album, the band's eleventh, titled Show Me How To Live.

As good as the Royal Hunt albums with John West and Mark Boals were, it's Cooper's albums with the band - 1995's Moving Target and 1997's Paradox - that really define Royal Hunt's sound. That means the band had a lot to live up to, and for the most part Show Me How To Live delivers. Not a concept album like Paradox, Show Me How To Live has the less progressive, less epic, song-based approach of Moving Target. This puts the album more into melodic rock territory than the progressive metal sound they're best known for, but Royal Hunt does this kind of melodic metal really well. Andersen's dominant keyboards provide most of the album's melodic focus, and Cooper's dynamic range and powerful voice - augmented by some very impressive backing vocals - covers the rest. There's just something very satisfying and reassuring hearing Cooper's voice over Andersen's keys, and it helps that the songs are so solid. "Hard Rain's Coming" is the album's best song, rivaling anything Moving Target and Paradox had to offer, and the rest of Show Me How To Live - brief as it is - is quite strong. Mid-tempo songs like "Half Past Loneliness" and "Another Man Down" satisfy as much as the more epic 10-minute title track does.

Of course the down side of this very recognizable sound is that Show Me How To Live seems a bit too familiar at times. Andersen tends to stick with a formula that works, so there isn't much in terms of real growth or creativity here. It's a mix of what came before, almost to the point of borrowing melodies from Moving Target and Paradox. It also seems way too brief, with just seven songs spanning less than 45 minutes. We waited an awfully long time for this. It would have been nice to have a few more songs to sink our teeth into.

Those few minor gripes aside, Show Me How To Live is a really solid album, and a worthy successor to Moving Target and Paradox. It's as good, if not better than any of the previous Royal Hunt albums without Cooper, and is almost as good as anything Cooper has released since leaving the band (though it doesn't touch Silent Force's last album Walk the Earth.) If you were a Royal Hunt fan back in the `90s, Show Me How To Live is a must-have album. It should also appeal to fans of the later Royal Hunt lineups, DC Cooper's other projects and fans of high quality melodic metal in general. Hopefully this will not be the last time Cooper and Andersen join forces.
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Finally an album like their 90's 6 Aug. 2013
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This is Royal hunt's best album in my opinion and their first really good one since 'Mission' in 2001 which was 5 albums ago (I didn't care much for their heavy metal stuff in their last 4 albums). Lots of great melodies and great production.
Great CD 9 May 2014
By roberta hall - Published on
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Amazon is very good at getting your packages to you quickly! Well packaged and not damage. My husband is a fan of Royal Hunt and was very pleased with the purchase. Fantastic sounds!
Doesn't break new ground, but great songs anyway. 4.25/5 stars 15 Mar. 2012
By Brian - Published on
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If you've been around the prog scene for any amount of time then you've probably heard (and purchased several albums from) a band that sounds very similar to what Royal Hunt does on "Show me how to live". Basically they're prog-metal in the same vein as Kamelot, Circus Maximus, Cairo or any other number of bands that incorporate lots of strings, classical influences, and other similar styles. In fact, the first time I spun this album I thought it was pretty good, but very familiar which can be off putting if the quality of songwriting isn't present. (At least for me)

Fortunately, the songs are well written, immediately accessible and very enjoyable even if none of it is particularly ground-breaking or explores new territory. Each songs is pretty well constructed, memorable and the musicianship is excellent as well (actually better than I anticipated listening to the 30 second clips). Another Man Down is probably the strongest track on the album, but the quality on the rest of the album doesn't ever take a serious dip anywhere so the album's pretty good from start to finish. I will say that the title track seems to go on a bit too long and really doesn't make effective use of the time it takes up, but it doesn't detract too much from the album.

All in all, you won't be getting anything "new" or hear some ground breaking new styles, but I'd definitely recommend it as a good album with lots of good music that's easy to get into very quickly.
7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
D.C. = Royal Hunt, 2011 Album of the Year 4 Dec. 2011
By Sheepy - Published on
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Fans have long voiced their opinion of their longing for D.C. Cooper to return to the band Royal Hunt. Cooper provided the vocals on Royal Hunt's two master albums Moving Target and Paradox, and since then Royal Hunt has released nothing but mediocrity to downright poor. This album Andre Andersen and the rest of the band got D.C. Cooper back on board, and we Royal Hunt fans can only pray that this relationship lasts for the remainder of the bands career, why? Quite simple, D.C. Cooper's presence makes the album and this album has floored me with its quality.

Albums between Paradox and Show Me How To Live suffer from inconsistent songwriting, poor production, poor melodies, predictable, sloppy instrumentals and long jumbled up compositions. It is quite clear right that there was an effort to return to the tighter days of old and focusing the song writing around D.C. Cooper's powerful voice acrobatics. With that focal point established, the rest of the album falls into place because Andre Andersen certainly knows how to build around a voice, rather than building a voice around his compositions. What we get here is an album filled with great melodic hooks, D.C. Cooper led vocals (which are always great) and stunning and tight instrumentals. The production is very polished. The instruments for the most part sound fresh (at times some of the synth effects sound dated) and the melodic instrument bits are far more meaningful, rather than meandering into the realm of what I call instrument wankery.

The best songs on this album include One More Day, Another Man Down and Hard Rain's Coming. This work is their best, and is up to the level of Moving Target and Paradox. Consistent all the way through, and the glue that holds this album together is D.C. Cooper, and it is time to accept that.

Great album, pick it up today. Royal Hunt is back, at least for one album.
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