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Review: Royal Hunt - Land of Broken Hearts
Royal Hunt
Land of Broken Hearts

Label: NorthPoint Productions
Year released: 2021
Originally released in: 1992
Duration: 1:02:39
Tracks: 16
Genre: Power Metal


Review online: January 29, 2022
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 3.4/5 (68%) (5 Votes)

I’m not really familiar with Royal Hunt’s work, my last listen having been in 2000 or so (their 1999 album, Fear) and finding it wasn’t my thing, so I thought this was a new album. It’s actually another reissue of their 1992 debut and that might be why I like it more than what I heard some 22 years ago. Land of Broken Hearts is kind of annoying in that I find it catchy and relaxing when in the right mood, but it’s also too accessible and almost kind of pop-y at times. I can live with the latter, sometimes that’s just what you need. There’s a lot of repetition in the vocal lines and, while that does ensure the damn songs stick in your head and even trigger some singalong, at times it’s just too much and gets annoying. One could even say that the album as a whole is borderline metal. That said, there’s good stuff going on here despite the album being kind of lightweight, with catchy vocal lines, some good rockers and a few slower songs that would do well around a campfire. Not great, but it gets the job done when you need something on the lighter side of metal.

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