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Royal Hunt – Cargo Review

Released By: Royal Hunt

Release Date: March 18th

Genre: Symphonic/Progressive Metal




André Andersen – keyboards
DC Cooper – vocals
Andreas Passmark – bass
Jonas Larsen – guitar
Andreas Johansson – drums





1. The Mission

2. Half Past Loneliness

3. The Awakening

4. River Of Pain

5. Tearing Down The World

6. Message To God

7.Long Way Home



1.Time Will Tell

2. Silent Scream

3.It’s Over

4. May You Never(Walk Alone)

5.A Life To Die For


After releasing their thirteenth studio album ‘Devil’s Dozen’ in the fall of 2015, Royal Hunt, the progressive metal rockers from Denmark played a string of fall US and European festivals. This double live album ‘Cargo’ was recorded from the live performances at ProgPower USA, Loud Park Japan and Rockingham UK.

If you haven’t been able to see Royal Hunt live, this album is a great way to get a glimpse of what you’ve been missing. Right from the first track ‘The Mission’, the band shows off their flair for highly melodic music with a symphonic and progressive touch. The highlight of ‘Cargo’ begins with the song ‘The Awakening’ , which is the start of a complete rendition of their successful concept album ‘Paradox’. Performing songs like ‘Tearing Down The World’ and ‘Message To God’, they effortlessly play through all eight songs from the ’97 fan favorite.

As many of the songs on this double album come from ‘Paradox’ , songs such as ‘May You Never (Walk Alone)’ which comes from their most recent release ‘Devil’s Dozen’, and the closing track ‘A Life To Die For’, are a great addition to the album as well. This creates a great flow from beginning to end.

Fans of Royal Hunt won’t be disappointed, this double live album is true ear candy. ‘Cargo’ really shows the bands incredible musicianship, from the intricate guitar work of Jonas Larsen which compliments the keyboard playing of André Andersen. DC Coopers vocal performance was amazing throughout. He can really belt it out with the best of them. In this day and age, to be a band that has sold over 1,000,000 albums worldwide, ‘Cargo’ represents why they remain one of the best Symphonic/Progressive Metal acts around.

The band has been on the road already for their spring 2016 tour, if they come your way be sure not to miss it.


Written by: Pam and Mark Schaff

Ratings:  9/10

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