- Audio CD (September 23, 1997)
- Original Release Date: September 23, 1997
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Magna Carta
- ASIN: B000003ZBG
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,751 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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The sound of the wind sweeps you into Royal Hunt's latest album, "Paradox". Driven by grandiose keyboards and searing guitars, this album has enough musical twists and turns to keep the listener glued to their headphones. The influences are numerous as rock and classical footnotes merge in the undertow. This incredibly mature album can be appreciated by the music lover and the musician alike. These five musicians pull together Andre's deeply personal look into mankind's view of what God is. Follow man's acknowledgment of God in a journey through the ages. How we see God, how we praise God, how we blame God.
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Paradox is a great album for anyone with an ear for progressive music. Royal Hunt's unique sound straddles the line between progressive metal and melodic rock, and has a strong emphasis on keyboards and vocal melodies. The vocals really set this album apart from the crowd, and that is largely due to the talents of vocalist DC Cooper. He has amazing range and his voice is just ideally suited to the kind of songs that keyboardist Andre Anderssen writes.
Paradox is the band's fourth studio album, and the second (and final) album to feature DC Cooper. It marked a definite step forward for the band in terms of musicianship, concept, and lyrical content, all of which seem more mature on this album. If the band hadn't fired DC Cooper shortly after its release, you get the feeling this could have been the start of something big.
This Royal Hunt album should appeal to fans of progressive and power metal, as well as melodic rock fans. It is quite melodic, the musicianship is technically very sound, and the vocal performance is top notch. Fans of DC's solo work should definitely pick Paradox up, as it is one of the best studio albums to feature the singer.
NOTE: There are a few different versions of this album, some with bonus material. The best I've seen is the slipcase edition that contains the Paradox: Closing the Chapter live album as a bonus disc.
I'm glad I did, cause Royal Hunt is a solid metal outfit (that is criminally underrated it isn't even funny), and Paradox is easily the band's crowning achivement, even though I find that their 1994 album "Clown in the Mirror" is my personal favorite overall.
Paradox itself contains a seemingly slim 8 tracks, but each track has so much depth it doesn't really matter how many songs there actually is (most of the tracks span over the 5-6 minute mark). Songs such as "Tearing Down the World", "Time Will Tell", and the bitter-sweet "Message to God" just ooze class that many bands, even today, would have a hard time matching. Production wise, Paradox is neither poor nor great, but is just enough to get the job done well.
As for the bonus tracks on the import version, the four radio edits are nothing to rave over at all, as some of them, especially the "Message to God" and "Time Will Tell" radio edits, remove so much from the full-length versions it's a crime they butchered them as they did (you won't listen to these much). The other two bonus tracks include the band's best and most known and instrumental "Martial Arts", which is just a great instrumental anyway you put it, and Restless, which is a decent addition to the album, but doesn't add any overall value to a already solid release.
Paradox, without a doubt, deserves a place in any metal fans collection. While they might not be as big as some bands today, or even as big as they once were when D.C. Cooper was on the mic, Royal Hunt is definately a band to look into.
I would love to have this voice! This is probably my favorite Royal Hunt album. The sound is slightly less refined (but that seems to be the intent of the production), and works amazingly well as a "rough around the edges" sound.
River of Pain: excellent song... driving throughout
Tearing Down the world: Sometimes I don't see why bands throw in a vocal sample as an interlude from track to track (as is done in transition with River of Pain). But for that, the song is exceptional. The punch/counterpunch of keyboards to guitar is phenominal.
Message to God: A somewhat (hah!) bitter sounding song, perhaps a bit over the top on the keys, but hey - that my instrument, so it's not too much of a minus.
Long Way Home/Final Lullaby - both very hauntingly melodic songs - lullaby is a great ending sequence, and Long Way, a great segue.
Time Will tell - a good song, probably my least favorite song (lyrics sound too forced into their beats), but still will beat out many other bands best song!
Silent Scream - my favorite song on the album... WOW - keyboards rule the day here. Who'd have thought a harpsichord would kick on a progressive album?
Martial Arts - an instrumental on speed, adrenaline, and waaay to much caffine.... cool, huh?
Too bad DC left after only a few albums with Royal Hunt, or they would compete with Dream Theater and Shadow Gallery for most airplay in the house/car/computer (much to my wife's chagrin, "TURN IT DOWN!")