“Hard Rain’s Coming”, the new single from Danish/American hard rockers ROYAL HUNT, will be released on November 14 via Frontiers Records. The single will only be available digitally and will also include a previously unreleased live version of “Martial Arts”, recorded at the ProgPower USA festival in 2009.
“Hard Rain’s Coming” comes off ROYAL HUNT‘s 11th studio album, “Show Me How To Live”, which will be released on November 29 in North America and December 2 in Europe via Frontiers Records.
ROYAL HUNT was recently rejoined by D.C. Cooper, the American singer that performed on the band’s two most successful releases in the ’90s: “Moving Target” and the concept album “Paradox”. “We started chatting on Skype from time to time and that’s how the idea of doing on a mini-tour came about,” says ROYAL HUNT founder, songwriter and keyboards player André Andersen. “After playing some shows we realized that the chemistry was still there and we decided to continue… recording a new album — first…”
“Show Me How to Live” is described in a press release as “highly melodic with rich, lush arrangements and stellar production” and certain to “please the fans of neoclassical yet progressive music.”
“The new songs are continuing right from where we left it in the first place, [and] so far it sounds great,” says Andersen. “It will have some qualities of our previous albums, ‘Moving Target’, and ‘Paradox’, but you can certainly expect some cool updates and new twists!”
The follow-up 2010’s “X” is being recorded at NorthPoint studio in Copenhahen and will be mixed at RoastingHouse Studios in Malmö, Sweden. The mastering duites will be handled by Jan Eliasson at AudioPlanet in Copenhagen.
“Show Me How To Live” track listing:
02. One More Day
03. Another Man Down
04. An Empty Shell
05. Hard Rain’s Coming
06. Half Past Loneliness
07. Show Me How To Live
08. Angel’s Gone
“Hard Rain’s Coming” audio sample:
As a companion to the new album, Frontiers Records will also release on the same day a ROYAL HUNT double DVD entitled “Future Coming From The Past”. This double package serves as a celebration of the return of singer D.C. Cooper to the line-up, and makes finally widely available two very rare items which were only released in Japan back in the day. The first DVD is entitled “1996” and was recorded live in Japan just after the release of the band’s “Moving Target” album. “1996” is an excellent summary of ROYAL HUNT‘s career up to that point. The band offers a great mix of songs from their first three studio albums. The band was in top form for this show, with D.C. leading the way. The second DVD, “Paradox – Closing the Chapter”, was recorded in 1998 and marked the end of the original D.C. Cooper era for ROYAL HUNT. It is essentially a complete live performance of the band’s amazing studio album “Paradox”, their most successful album to date. It is a very solid performance and D.C. delivers the goods, while the band’s playing is superb. To complete the package is a 50-minute documentary which shares stories of life in a rock band.
ROYAL HUNT‘s current lineup:
André Andersen – Keyboards
D.C. Cooper – Vocals
Allan Sørensen – Drums
Andreas Passmark – Bass
Jonas Larsen – Guitars
ROYAL HUNT’s last album, “X”, was released in Europe on June 7, 2010 via Scarlet Records. The CD, which featured the vocals of Mark Boals (ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN’S RISING FORCE, BILLIONAIRE BOYS CLUB, RING OF FIRE), came out in Japan and Southeast Asia on January 21, 2010 through Marquee/Avalon.
Singer John West joined ROYAL HUNT in 1999 during the recording of the “Fear” album and he worked with the band up until its “Royal Hunt 2006” live CD/DVD.