"Much helps much"! On the second album after the return of their US-American singer DC Cooper the band increased their bombast share again. On "A Life To Die For", the classical orchestral passages are the main reason for the hard rock sound of the Danish band, so that the whole thing looks like a "Rock meets Classic" project. Fortunately, the variable and light-footed grooving rhythm crew provides for a lightness that still exists. Bassist Andreas Passmark and drummer Allan Sorensen ground the songs again and again, without giving them the knock-out with too much "punch". DC's high and powerful vocals are perfect for Royal Hunt, especially when the song structures are a bit more complex like here. Keyboarder and band boss Andre Andersen almost goes under with his otherwise dominating keyboard sounds with so much bought classical bombast. If there weren't some banalities like the almost slimy "Running Out Of Tears", one could speak of the best Royal Hunt work ever. However, this opulent work is well worth listening to several times.
Top track: One Minute Left To Live