- Published on Wednesday, 23 May 2012 10:08
- Written by George Washburn
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Royal Hunt is a power/prog metal band from Denmark that has released eleven studio albums over the last twenty years. “Heart of the City (Best Of 1992–1999)” is a collection of material from the band’s first five albums. Royal Hunt is a band that has been in my peripheral vision for many years, but with whom I have never become particularly familiar. Like Sonata Arctica, they always seemed a little too bright and happy for my tastes. However, I am currently experiencing a period of power/prog revival, so what better way to check out Royal Hunt than with a collection of their best early material?
Given that the newest material on this album is thirteen years old (and the oldest is twenty) I would say the songs have held up well over the years. If they released this album released today as an album of new material I do not think it would sound particularly dated; so either it is timeless or power metal has not evolved much over the last twenty years. I will opt for the first choice.
The songs on the album span five albums, so the production sound may change from track-to-track, but the theme remains the same: melodic, catchy metal songs with clean vocals and big, epic sounding productions.
I must say I am pretty impressed with this collection of songs. For listeners like me, who are not sure where to jump in on a career spanning twenty years, this is a good place to start. Check out Royal Hunt.