Cast in Stone - Venom

A good prog, without the need for too much brok!

Royal Hunt show with their fourteenth album, that they can still maintain a high standard on their albums almost 30 years into his career. The songs are well-composed and carries many cool items. The plate has a lot of potential and shows that the holder, since there are a lot of cool things to notice even after many gennemlytninger. So, to say it short: A good prog for no reason for too much brok!

Almost 30 years behind

When it comes to the progressive rock and metal music in Denmark, it is hard to get outside of copenhagen, the Royal Hunt. Since 1989, they have played a very melodic influenced progressive rock. The band has also kept well in time and have thirteen studio albums, six live albums as well as a solid amount opsamlingsplader. Through time, they have had quite a few replacements, and to this day is the only original member, we find, keyboardist André Andersen. This does not mean, however, that they do not have something to offer!

Still going strong!

When you first press the start button and began to listen to the album, you might be a little bit surprised at first, one hears. We put namely out with a relatively electronic start, which the use of the drum machine also makes itself noticed. When the first guitar comes in and the vocals enter in the character, however, we are in no doubt that this is still progressive rock, we have to do and it is even of a quite high quality. With quirky rhythms, unconventional time signatures and everything else covered with. The chorus is pure catchy and very easy to sing along with. This stands nicely in contrast to the verses, playing in a more staccatopræget and skewed rhythm. One thing, however, one can criticize this song, is that especially the chorus might sound a little too happy in relation to, that the song bears the sad title of "Fistful of Misery". It is not playing completely together.

One of the other gems is the song "Sacrifice". The acoustic guitar in the beginning gives nice associations with sluttressernes and seventies pioneers of the prog genre. The other instruments are nicely introduced, since they come on slowly, one at a time. The bass delivers, for example, an excellent solo in which the instrument takes gracefully over and complements with an equally sublime games, but just as you think you are faced with a hushed acoustic ballad, the other buns on the soup! The guitar enters with a riff, which greatly draws on the heavier elements from Dream Theater.

Through the plate seems to alternately impress of all the members ' skill, but I would like to be allowed to put a special focus on vocalist D. C Cooper's vocals. He manages in greatly to get around and shows a great versatility. In the more rock sequences can his raw voice and great use of vibrato lead the mind of the little aging (in a good way) Rob Halford. When, however, he has goes up in falsetto, it's hard not to think of canadian James LaBrie. Both manage to do with great grace, and even though you can clearly hear the similarities with the aforementioned singers, it sounds neither forced or artificial.

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