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Royal Hunt

Formed: 1989
From: Copenhagen, Denmark
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Royal Hunt News

Below is our complete Royal Hunt news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Missing Tide Signs To Lion Music

Danish metal band Missing Tide, which features members from Royal Hunt, Pretty Maids, Manticora, and Kingdom Come, has signed to Lion Music. The band will be releasing their debut album, "Follow the Dreamer," on November 6th through Lion Music.

Missing Tide's lineup is as follows:

Henrik Brockmann (Royal Hunt) - Vocal
Jacob Kjaer - Guitar
Allan Tschicaja (Pretty Maids) - Drums
Kasper Gram (Manticora) - Bass

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Royal Hunt Completes Recording Guitar Solos

Dutch power metal band Royal Hunt has completed recording the guitar solos for their new album. Samples can be heard at this location. The band has issued the following studio update:

"Five different guitars, four amps, a cello and a bunch of songs to vandalize – that’s Marcus’s idea of Heaven! Slow, fast, soft and completely distorted, twisted and insane… is this bloke having a ball or what? He does indeed… or he did, as we convinced him (finally!!!) that we were out of tape to record any more of this nonsense and – after a few days of redundant squeaks (believe it or not, but he still calls it 'playing!' Shipped him away safely… phew" More...

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Royal Hunt Completes Keybaords For New Album

Denmark's Royal Hunt has issued the following studio update:

"André announced – officially – that he completed keyboard recordings for the new album. The announcement was met with a hint of scepticism because - as we all know by now - a few unexpected, additional keyboard tracks have that mysterious tendency to appear out of the blue later, on that very first day of mixing :-)… But that’s the status as of today – have a listen in our Studio Diary."

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Royal Hunt Issues Recording Update

Denmark's Royal Hunt has issued the following recording update:

"As you all know by now, this album will be recorded in an 'old school' fashion (not only songwriting has been done in that way, but the actual means of recording are suppose to match the 70`s atmosphere as well); now – all of the sudden - it’s all about old analogue gear, drifty tape machines, noisy amps and kilometres of tape… in short: trashy ancient crap in different forms and shapes :-) Without a doubt: an interesting – and somehow daring – idea, which might look and sound quite appealing (in theory), but is it doable? Only time will tell.

"But – while in the process of figuring it out - why not make it a little bit more interesting (for some of you, at least)?... and after some head scratching we decided to give you a chance to observe (well, to listen to, mostly) how one of the songs from our future album will be build from scratch – an instrument at the time, all the way to the final mix. So don’t forget to check out our 'Studio Diary' from time to time – the journey’s about to begin!"

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Royal Hunt Recording New Album

Denmark's Royal Hunt has issued the following update about beginning the recording process for a new studio album:

"Royal Hunt are entering the very final stages of preproduction for their new – tenth since their debut in 1991 - studio album (the actual recordings will start by the end of this month). This time the band decided to revisit their roots and incorporate some of the musical values of the 70's into their songwriting as well as – in order to reinforce that particular atmosphere - employing mostly “retro” means of production (recording in analogue format exclusively being one of them). Music has been described as “an interesting mix of what’s been tagged as Classic Rock nowadays (established by Kansas, Genesis, ELP..s earlier works and Deep Purple, Uriah Heep..s classics from the same era) and Royal Hunt..s trademark composition/delivery”. The album is expected to be mixed/mastered sometime during the summer.

"+ A few more songs from the past albums uploaded to our MySpace page - enjoy!"

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Archer Confirmed For Sweden Rock Festival

Archer has performed with some of the biggest names in rock including, Heaven and Hell, Heart and Sevendust. The band is looking forward to sharing the stage at the Sweden Rock Festival (www.swedenrock.com) this summer alongside such metal giants as Judas Priest, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Poison, RATT, Triumph, Saxon, Disturbed and many more as they return to Europe.

The Santa Cruz, CA-based power trio, who won "Best Local Band 2008" in the Metro Santa Cruz Goldies Awards, takes the stage on Saturday, June 7th, opening for some of the biggest names in the metal music genre. The Sweden Rock Festival is held in Norjeboke, in the tiny village of Norje which is situated in Sölvesborg in the western part of southern Sweden.

Archer’s debut album "Doom$day Profit$" is a "genuine tour-de-force, rich with powerful songs imbued with that essential combination of brain-burrowing melodies, ripping riffs, pulsing basslines, tsunami drums and grab-by-the-throat vocals." The band cites influences that include Ozzy and Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Metallica and other legendary names.

Here is the current lineup for the Sweden Rock Fest 2008, which takes place June 4th - 7th: More...

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Royal Hunt Announces More Tour Dates

Denmark-based hard rockers ROYAL HUNT have lined up the following dates:

May 07 - Greece, Athens - Gagarin 205
May 09 - Greece, Thessaloniki - Kazan DB
May 10 - Romania, Bucharest - Club Fabrica
May 11 - Bulgaria, Sofia - 4km Party Center
May 12 - Hungary, Budapest - A38
May 13 - Switzerland, Pratteln - Z7
May 14 - Italy, Bologna - Nuovo Sottotetto
May 16 - Belgium, Vosselaar - Biebob
May 17 - Holland, Vassemeer - Borstrock Festival
May 18 - Holland, Weert - De Bosuil
May 19 - UK, London - Underworld
May 20 - Spain, Barcelona - Sala La Nau
May 22 - Poland, Warsaw - Progresja Music Club
May 24 - Russia, St. Petersburg - DL Lensoveta
May 25 - Russia, Moscow - Apelsin Club
Jun. 03 - Japan, Tokyo - Shibuya O-East
Jun. 04 - Japan, Osaka - Shinsaibashi Quattro
Jun. 06 - Sweden, Solvesborg - Sweden Rock Festival
Jul. 16 - Denmark, Sønderborg - Mølleparken Open Air (w/ ALICE COOPER)
Jul. 25 - Portugal, Algarve - Parque de Feiras e Exposições de Estombar Festival
Aug. 06 - Denmark, Copenhagen - FB Hallen (w/ DEEP PURPLE)
Aug. 10 - Denmark, Odense - Arena Fyn (w/ DEEP PURPLE)

The special guest on ROYAL HUNT's European leg of the tour, from May 7 through May 19, will be GODIVA from Switzerland, fronted by Fernando Garcia (ex-lead singer of VICTORY).

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Royal Hunt To Re-Release Entire Back Catalogue

Dutch metallers ROYAL HUNT have issued the following update:

"Our entire back catalogue will be re-released this spring. All albums (Land Of Broken Hearts, Clown In The Mirror, Moving Target, 1996, Paradox, Closing The Chapter, Fear, The Mission, Eyewitness, Paper Blood) has been re-mastered by André Andersen and Jan Eliasson at Audio Planet Mastering and completed with bonus tracks (except for live albums)."

Further details to follow.

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Royal Hunt Guitarist To Tour With Pain

Guitarist Marcus Jidell (ROYAL HUNT, HOUSE OF SHAKIRA) will once again be part of PAIN's touring lineup when the Swedish band hits the road later this month as the support act for NIGHTWISH.

IN FLAMES bassist Peter Iwers makes a guest appearance on two songs on PAIN's latest album, "Psalms of Extinction".

PAIN's video for the track "Zombie Slam" is available for viewing at this location. The clip was shot in February 2007 in Los Angeles by Ralf Strathmann. Ralf previously worked as a director for artists like CHILDREN OF BODOM, APOCALYPTICA and SOILWORK. He is also a photographer for such bands as H.I.M., AEROSMITH and BLINK 182, to name but a few. More...

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Royal Hunt Introduce New Singer

Dutch metallers ROYAL HUNT check in with the following update:

"Our new album is done…"

"In a few days it will be on it's way to our record companies around the world (we’ll keep you posted regarding release dates) and now we’d like to introduce our new singer to all of you who’s been waiting for this moment so (im)patiently: Mark Boals (RING OF FIRE/ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN)." More...

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Royal Hunt Put Finishing Touches On New Album

Danish hard rock band ROYAL HUNT is putting the finishing touches on its new album at NorthPoint Productions for an early 2008 release. The as-yet-untitled CD, which will be conceptual follow-up to the 1997 release "Paradox", will be mixed later this month at EMI/Medley Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark. Guest singers on the album include Doogie White (RAINBOW, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), Ian Parry (ELEGY, CONSORTIUM PROJECT), Kenny Lubcke (NARITA) and Henrik Brockmann (ex-ROYAL HUNT, EVIL MASQUERADE).

ROYAL HUNT earlier in the year launched a vocalist search following the departure of John West.

West joined ROYAL HUNT in 1999 during the recording of the "Fear" album and he worked with the band up until its latest release — the "Royal Hunt 2006" live CD/DVD.

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Angel of Eden Signs To Lion Music

Lion Music recently announced the signing of Roger Staffelbach's Angel Of Eden. Acclaimed for his unique style, aggressive rhythm playing and his considerable soloing skills over 7 albums with prog metallers Artension, guitarist Roger Staffelbach has served up a potent offering of first class song writing over the ten tracks on the debut Roger Staffelbach's Angel Of Eden album "The End Of Never".

Fuelled by Roger's virtuoso guitar work, the melodic soaring vocals of Carsten "Lizard" Schulz [Evidence One, ex Domain], keyboard wizardry of Mistheria [solo, Bruce Dickinson], the powerhouse drumming of Rami Ali [Evidence One] and thunderous bottom end of Steve Di Giorgio [ex-Testament,ex-Death] along with guest performances from John West [ex-Royal Hunt], David Shankle [ex Manowar] and Ferdy Doernberg [Axel Rudi Pell], "The End Of Never" is a first class album from some of metal most respected names offering lush vocal melodies, pulsating rhythms and virtuoso lead breaks within captivating songs.

Here is the complete "The End of Never" track listing:

01. The End Of Never
02. Dreamchaser
03. Angel Of Eden
04. Return Of The Pharaoh (Pt. I)
05. The Battle Of 1386
06. Into The Black
07. Return Of The Pharaoh (Pt. II)
08. Keys To Avalon
09. Stampede
10. Towards The Light

You can check out some of the band's material on their MySpace page.

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Cornerstone Announce New Japanese Record Deal

CORNERSTONE, the Danish/British melodic metal band featuring YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ex-RAINBOW frontman Doogie White and ex-ROYAL HUNT bassist Steen Mogensen, has issued the following update:

"A huge thanks to all of you who came and sang and rawked out with CORNERSTONE [on the recent European tour]. Those of you who were there know just how hard the band kicked from the opening chord to the final drum flurry from Big Al."

"The band are looking to capitalise on the musical success of the tour and are looking at more dates for later in the year."

"Doogie says, 'It was great. So some of the venues were not bursting at the seams but we all had a blast and we have memories that will last a very long time. Everybody was very positive and the feeling in the band is that we must do this again very soon.'"

"In other news CORNERSTONE are very pleased to announce a brand new Japanese deal with a brand new label, Dingwall." More...

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Royal Hunt Complete Songwriting For "Paradox"

Danish hard rockers ROYAL HUNT have completed the songwriting process for the band's new album, which will become a sequel to their critically acclaimed concept opus "Paradox" (1997). According to a posting on the group's web site, the "lyrical/musical continuation of the story will be spread over 10 tracks and the actual recording of it will start in May 2007 at NorthPoint Productions while the mixing has been scheduled for September at the EMI/Medley Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark." Also in the works is a reissue of the band's live releases "1996" and "Closing the Chapter" (originally released in 1998). More details will be made available soon.

ROYAL HUNT recently launched a vocalist search following the departure of John West.

West joined ROYAL HUNT in 1999 during the recording of the "Fear" album and he worked with the band up until its latest release — the "Royal Hunt 2006" live CD/DVD.

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Royal Hunt Vocalist Leaves Band

ROYAL HUNT has issued the following statement:

"Royal Hunt and [vocalist] John West have decided that at this time (after numerous albums and concert tours) they are no longer able to contribute creatively to each other’s future musical development. It’s been a hell of a ride, but both parties feel like it is about time to move on and explore different musical paths - therefore, they mutually agreed to part ways as of March 16th, 2007 .

“We’re not ruling out possible future collaborations for a joint venture or a side project” – André [Andersen, keyboardist] and John state - “but it won’t be under the RH moniker.”

John had joined Royal Hunt in 1999 during the recording of the Fear album and he worked with the band until our latest release, the live CD/DVD Royal Hunt 2006. We’d like to express our gratitude to John for a great eight year run and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors."

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Royal Hunt Announce Finnish Date

Danish/American metal band ROYAL HUNT have added a Finnish date to their previously announced itinerary. The group's schedule is now shaping up as follows:

Feb. 21 - Helsinki, FIN @ Nosturi
Feb. 22 - Copenhagen, DEN @ The Rock
Feb. 24 - St. Petersburg, RUS @ Ice Palace
Feb. 25 - Moscow, RUS @ Apelsin

ROYAL HUNT is currently working on material for a new album, which it expects to begin recording in the summer for an October/November 2007 release. Also in the works is a reissue of the band's live releases "1996" and "Closing the Chapter" (originally released in 1998). More details will be made available soon. More...

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Silent Force Sign With AFM Records

SILENT FORCE, the power metal band featuring ex-ROYAL HUNT singer D.C. Cooper, have inked new deals with Germany's AFM Records and Japan's King Records. The band will enter House of Music studio in Winterbach, Germany in the next couple of weeks with producer Dennis Ward to begin recording the drums for their new album, tentatively due in early 2006. Guitars, bass and keyboards will be laid down at Guitars from Hell studio in Krefeld, Germany, while the vocal recordings will be done at Dennis Ward's new studio in Bruchsal, Germany. "The song material is in the same direction like the last album, 'Worlds Apart'," according to a posting on the group's web site.

SILENT FORCE's third full-length album, "Worlds Apart" was released in the U.S. in October 2004 via Noise Records.

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