“A Life To Die For” is a stunning Work from this highly respected band! Royal Hunt will spend most of 2014 touring this splendid album, and incorporating some of the orchestral movements we enjoy from this record. I talked with the leader and I say, mastermind of Royal Hunt-(towards the end of 2013), here is what he said:
Bruce Atkinson: Andre, when we talked last, “Show Me How To Live” was just about to be released. You were re-united with DC Cooper and he returns on this new work. Going into this session, were you more comfortable in what you were about to create, knowing that you were about to expand the boundaries?
Andre Andersen: I´d say so as it´s always easier to work with the stable line-up: you know what to expect from people, you know their strong sides and general preferences.
BA: Speaking of expanding the boundaries, you are taking the group to a higher level, with expressing yourself more completely in the symphonic area. Any unique challenges in this regard?
AA: The main one being working with classical musicians and incorporating them into our songs/arrangements; some things just took more time to achieve.
BA: When composing, I know that you keep in mind that the members of Royal Hunt are their own musical personality. How do you accomplish maintaining yours and their musical personalities in the finished creation?
AA: It´s a natural situation for me: I write as I always do and as I´m starting with arrangements I penning everybody´s parts according to their preferences (which I know pretty well by now). Of course we´ll change some bits here and there while recording in order to fit everybody´s style even better, but so far – nothing major.
BA: In our last interview, Andre, you identified a Vision that you and the group have held for several years. Are you still holding to that Vision, or have you found it a tad more difficult in our trying times?
AA: It´s getting harder every year, but look at us today: new album, new tour… We´re still around.
BA: Again, with this album… There are of course, some very strong lyrical statements, including the title of the album itself: “A Life To Die For”. Do you find it harder writing, or are the times we live in stand as a source of inspiration?
AA: The inspiration is everywhere, you just have to look for it… a book, a movie, a headline in the newspaper, a personal event – there´re plenty of issues to be inspired by.
ROYAL HUNT - A Life to Die For (Frontiers Records)
The twelfth studio album from perhaps the best Symphonic Melodic rock ensemble: Royal Hunt’s “A Life to Die For” is just that, music to die for! It begins with the paradoxical “Hell Comes Down From Heaven” and epically takes off from there! A complete lyrical & musical masterstroke from Andre Andersen and friends. This five piece have outdone themselves, and I think I said that in my review of their “Show Me How To Live” opus, but this time they absolutely have! It doesn’t matter if we are talking about Jonas’ guitars, the pounding yet melodic Bass of Andreas’ or Allan’s precise and hard hitting percussion… Andre & DC Cooper are surrounded by a magnificent team of players. Twelve, historically a number that represents completeness and fullness… Royal Hunt’s twelfth studio expression is utterly complete & with musical excursions that are full to the brim!
Under The Lights
Upcoming Club/Concert Highlights:
The Blue Gator: Pappa Dawg: Jan. 3rd & 4th Orio: Jan. 9th Young ‘Uns: Jan. 10th & 11th
Dream Café: Jim Byrnes: January 24th & 25th (2014)
Flashbacks: Down With Webster: January 30th (2014)
The Green: (Vernon) Sunday Night Jams-featuring GTR
O’Flannigan’s Pub: Papa Wheely: January 10th
Longhorn Pub: Wheelhouse Band: January 5th
Prospera Place: Blue Rodeo: January 6th/2014 Hedley: Feb. 15th Yes: March 21st 2014
Kelowna Community Theatre: Matt Anderson: February 2nd The Johnny Clegg Band: April 27th
South Okanagan Events Centre (Penticton): The Band Perry: January 9th-2014 Barenaked Ladies: January 19th Kenny Rogers: February 27th
Interior Savings Centre (Kamloops): Hedley: February 16th George Thorogood & The Destroyers: May 1st 2014
Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre: Bryan Adams: February 25th The Wailers: March 15th
…if you have a musical story or news and would like me to write something… drop me a line at: [email protected] and let’s celebrate Kelowna’s rich and varied music community together!!.....