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Review: Royal Hunt - Devil's Dozen
Royal Hunt
Devil's Dozen

Label: Frontiers Records
Year released: 2015
Duration: 49:44
Tracks: 8
Genre: Power Metal


Review online: August 25, 2015
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 4/5 (80%) (12 Votes)

Royal Hunt has been around for over 25 years and Devil's Dozen XIII is album number 13 (see what they did there?) The band's last album, A Life to Die For, took a while to sink in but when it did, it left me mighty impressed but Devil's Dozen doesn't seem to have the same qualities. Vocalist D.C. Cooper is one of my favorite Power Metal singers but on this album he sounds tired. The vocal lines are somewhat pedestrian and he's got more than a little help on the choruses in the form of backing vocals and effects. The riffs are similarly uninspiring though the guitar solos are pretty good. Devil's Dozen is in no way a bad album but it does little to distinguish itself from the pack and when compared with A Life to Die For it is downright average. Power Metal fans won't hate it but it isn't going to be topping anyone's year-end list either.

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