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Review: Royal Hunt - A Life to Die For
Royal Hunt
A Life to Die For

Label: Frontiers Records
Year released: 2013
Duration: 46:19
Tracks: 7
Genre: Power Metal


Review online: March 17, 2014
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 4.36/5 (87.27%) (11 Votes)

A Life to Die For is my first album from venerable Danish band Royal Hunt, which is inexplicable considering my love of all things Power Metal and the fact that, in my opinion, American singer D.C. Cooper can do no wrong. This is the band's twelfth full-length and is it ever good. I admit, the first time through, I was underwhelmed, mainly because the keyboards are the focus and carry most of the melodies, while the guitars are subdued, with the exception of the solos. After a couple of additional spins, that concern was quickly forgotten. A Life to Die For is a massive collection of superbly crafted, insanely catchy Power Metal with a Symphonic bent that obliterates anything put out recently by the likes of Nightwish or Luca Turilli's Rhapsody. Cooper is in fine form and songs like "Hell Comes Down from Heaven" and "A Life to Die For" are just tailor-made for his powerful, emotive vocals. He gets to stretch all the way from near-baritone to glass-shattering screams and makes it all sound effortless. Most of A Life to Die For is mid-paced, something else that tends to take a Power Metal album down a couple of notches in my book, but not this one. Royal Hunt takes their sweet time and this allows the epic sweep of the songs to wash over you. Unusual for this genre are several songs exceeding six minutes but you will be wishing for more when they are over. Some songs, like "Won't Trust, Won't Fear, Won't Beg" are merely very good, paling only in comparison to the engaging "A Bullet's Tale" or the romping "Running Out of Tears." Simply put, this is one of the best Power Metal albums I've heard in quite a while. If Symphonic Power Metal is what you crave do not miss A Life to Die For.

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