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  • Audio CD (Nov. 29 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B005SJIO9W
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1. Introduction
2. One More Day
3. Another Man Down
4. An Empty Shell
5. Hard Rain's Coming
6. Half Past Loneliness
7. Show Me How To Live
8. Angel's Gone

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I have been a fan of D.C. Cooper for many years since the first 2 Royal Hunt albums and the Live album. Great to see him back with Royal Hunt. I loved the new album! Highlights for me being "An Empty Shell, Half Past Loneliness and the epic Show Me How To Live!" Being a little older than the average Metal Fan, I guess the "retro" tag might apply here in the Progressive Rock/Metal Genre. The band is fantastic and the obvious chemistry for the music with D.C. Cooper singing is what you would expect of Royal Hunt. This music was made to be played live and is never as heavy or appealing on the studio release. When you hear it live, the power really energizes the crowd! Add the beauty and power of Cooper's voice, and how can you go wrong. Don't get me wrong, this CD is well recorded and mixed and sounds fantastic! If you are a one dimensional heavy metal fan, maybe not your cup of tea. But for those of you who want the combination of power, beauty, terrific musicianship and a fabulous voice, you can't go wrong. "THE ROCK WARRIOR KNOWS NO MUSICAL BOUNDRIES!"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1586924) out of 5 stars At long last, Royal Hunt with DC Cooper once again Sept. 17 2012
By Justin G. - Published on
Format: Audio CD
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1588600) out of 5 stars Finally an album like their 90's Aug. 6 2013
By Kurt Morris - Published on
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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.
HASH(0xa14fe5f4) out of 5 stars Doesn't break new ground, but great songs anyway. 4.25/5 stars March 15 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
HASH(0xa14fe4a4) out of 5 stars D.C. = Royal Hunt, 2011 Album of the Year Dec 4 2011
By Sheepy - Published on
Format: Audio CD
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.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa14fe630) out of 5 stars "Royal Hunt" back on track! Seems to pick up where "Paradox II" left off!! Dec 24 2011
By Nikiforos V. Skoumas - Published on
Format: Audio CD
"Show me how to live" is the brand new 11th studio album by Danish symphonic/neoclassical metal band Royal Hunt, marking the return of American singer DC Cooper in the line up. "Show me how to live" is "Royal Hunt"s third studio album to feature DC Cooper as a full time member picking up from "Moving Target" (1995) and Paradox (1997).

With "Show me how to live", the band goes back to the established "Royal Hunt" sound of the early `90s (avoiding the experimental route that led to the previous album "X"). In good "Royal Hunt" tradition, the album is composed in its entirety by mastermind keyboardist Andre Andersen- the keyboards are once again the leading instrument delivering all the core melodies and subsequent harmonies, complemented by the equivalent rhythm and lead guitars (courtesy of Jonas Larsen), never forgetting the powerful and versatile rhythm section of Andreas Passmark and Allan Sorensen.

In terms of musical direction, it would be fair to say that "Show me how to live" picks up where "Paradox II-Collision Course" left off. If you are a long term fan of "Royal Hunt" you probably know that the dominant melodies and choruses are bound to sound familiar- one could even say repetitive- but again it is all part of the established symphonic/neoclassical "Royal Hunt" style that most have come to expect, even demand, from the Danish powerhouse. Overall "Show me how to live" is very much at the same artistic level as "Paradox II"-whether it can stand up to their `90s classic albums is something that remains to be seen.

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