There's not much I can say about Royal Hunt accept that I love this band. Royal Hunt produces premier melodic progressive metal with a tendency to the power metal and melodic hard rock edges. 'Collision Course' is on exception: this is first rate metal. It's a sequel to their classic 'Paradox' album and certainly a fine addition to their catalogue. Every moment is satisfying and emotive. My simple conclusion is this: buy 'Collision Course' and enjoy.'
From the opening beats to the bombastic conclusion, Royal Hunt delivers their best work to date. Significant tracks include 'Divide And Reign,' 'Exit Wound,' and the opening number 'Principles Of Paradox.' Each song delivers classic prog metal. An exceptional song is 'High Noon At The Battlefield' with it's fine vocal arrangement and strong melody. It's under four minutes, but packs a huge punch. At about two minutes, Royal Hunt pulls out all stops and rocks with impressive clarity. Consider also 'The Clan' where Marc Boals (Yngwie J. Malmsteen, The Codex, Lana Lane, Ring Of Fire) simply nails his vocal versatility and the guitars of Marcus Jidell deliver with intensity and emotion. Keep listening and you will be impressed: 'Blood In, Blood Out' is a truly magnificent piece of music. And there is more: again, keep listening! 'Tears Of The Sun' just blew me away thanks to the integration of some wonderful female vocals. This is an impressive work!
Yes, without any doubt, I'm thoroughly impressed by Royal Hunt's 'Collision Course.' How long has it been since their last album? Three years since the great 'Paper Blood.' Royal Hunt remains as the best of the best: 'Collision Course' is a fantastic work! Highly recommended!
- Craig Hartranft
Royal Hunt is back with a most impressive work of progressive metal. This album soars and delivers on every level. Emotional, exciting, and evocative are only a few words to describe this impressive work. Highly recommended!