The term “going strong” is usually deemed for bands that are alive and kicking and keep producing material long after the peek of their careers. In this case we are talking about Royal Hunt, who is in a unique position that many bands finds themselves into, trying to use pieces of the old formula to fit the new influences to make something creatively successful. Let me start off by admittedly saying that one of my favorite and most influential albums of all time for me was Royal Hunt’s – Paradox album…
Back to the Start is a great return from a band that has remained largely inactive since the release of their debut album way back in 1984. That album was of course the cult AOR classic Shaft of Light, which still fails to get it’s due recognition. Not from me though as it is one of my favorites of the genre and would easily sit proudly amongst my top twenty AOR albums of all time.
The scene is the North West has never been so alive and kicking, and at the forefront of it is the mighty Massive Wagons. These guys are one of the most hardworking bands you will ever stumble across and hopefully once their new album Fight The System hits the shelves they will finally get the recognition they deserve. This is the record that will catapult these guys into the big league!