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Royal Hunt - In The Heart Of The City

Discussion in 'ProgPower USA' started by VenomGA, Jun 2, 2012.

  1. VenomGA

    VenomGA At War With Stan

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    so the band has a new compilation album coming out for the years 1992-1999. here is the track listing:
    01. Running Wild
    02. Kingdom Dark
    03. On The Run
    04. Clown In The Mirror
    05. Making A Mess
    06. Time
    07. Tearing Down The World
    08. Silent Scream
    09. Fear
    10. Sea Of Time

    anyone notice a hugely popular song not on there????
    Seriously, where the hell is Message to God?? If you are going to release a [Best Of 1992-1999] how can this song NOT be on this album??? :Shedevil:
     
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  3. VenomGA

    VenomGA At War With Stan

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    Claus / Intromental 20 years of uniting the powers of metal

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    Good review - I don't necessarily agree with all you said, but you got the gist of it right.

    I've got to say though - you got it wrong as to what periods of Royal Hunt were important; the two first albums were HUGE in Japan and in Scandinavia - thanks to the song "Martial Arts" (yes, the instrumental), RH became a monster-name in Japan, as it was the song used by the official sumo wrestling federation in their commercials. It doesn't get much bigger than that. Yes, with DC they also attracted an American audience, but trust me, they were plenty big already with Henrik.

    Anyway, not trying to start an argument, just saying that you probably not hearing about them until that happened (that they got DC on board) doesn't necessarily mean they weren't big before - and more importantly does it not mean that the first two albums weren't amazing, because they surely were. I love the first five RH albums (which funny enough are the ones this compilation is build upon) more or less equally much, with a tie between "Clown..." and "Paradox" for the #1 spot.

    Alright - back to this disc; There's no doubt that whoever put this compilation together has no clue whatsoever about which songs were "hits" and which were not. As much as I love songs like "Kingdom Dark", "Making a Mess", "On the Run" or "Sea of Time", they were never a fan favorite.

    VenomGA make a valid point out of mentioning that "Message to God" is missing, and so are songs like "Land of Broken Hearts" (from the debut), "Wasted Time" or "Epilogue" (from "Clown..."), "Last Goodbye" and "Far Away" (from "Moving Target"), "River of Pain" and "Message to God" (from Paradox") or "Lies" (from "Fear").

    Oh well - at least this band got a well-deserved compilation out. Better than nothing, right? ;)

    c.
     
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    Generally I dont care about compilations. When I like a band,like RH, I buy all the records so a good or bad compilations, for me, is not necessary!!:)
     
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    Agreed. There are only two uses in my opinion for compilations. 1. If you're just getting into a band and want a sample of a variety of their songs or 2. If you like the band, but are just a casual fan and don't feel like getting a band's whole catalog.

    Now, what I absolutely HATE about some compilations (thankfully Royal Hunt didn't do this) is when a band releases a compilation and uses one or two new songs to try to get sales, when they really should reserve those songs for the next album.
     
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    Interesting perspective. And for what it's worth, I really dig those first two albums too, but I'll take the versions of those songs that appeared on the live 1996 set over the originals any day. But I'm an admitted DC Cooper fanboy, so I'm biased.
     
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    spag I am a leaf on the wind

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    It's very, very rare for me to buy compilations, since if I'm into the bad already, I probably own their catalog. I do agree that there are a handful of songs, including "Message To God" that are a huge oversight IMHO.
     

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