Royal Hunt

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Royal Hunt
Royal Hunt - 25th Anniversary.jpg
Background information
OriginCopenhagen, Denmark
Years active1989–present
LabelsNorthPoint, Kick, Steamhammer, Semaphore, Magna Carta, Scarlet Frontiers
MembersAndré Andersen
D. C. Cooper
Andreas Passmark
Jonas Larsen
Andreas "Habo" Johansson
Past membersMarcus Jidell
John West
Mark Boals
Henrik Brockmann
Steen Mogensen
Jacob Kjaer
Kenneth Olsen
Per Schelander
Allan Sørensen

Royal Hunt is a Danish progressive metal band. The band was founded in 1989 by keyboardist André Andersen in order to combine basic values of classic rock with progressive, current musical elements.[1] The name originated from a painting seen in a museum by the founding member/keyboardist André Andersen.[2]


Royal Hunt is known for creating melodic music with a progressive and symphonic flair. They experienced success during the mid-90s with American vocalist[3] D.C. Cooper on their albums Moving Target and Paradox mainly in Japan and Europe.

Throughout their history the band has experienced several lineup changes. In 2007 they acquired singer Mark Boals, who replaced former vocalist John West. In 2011 after numerous requests from fans and promoters worldwide they decided to reunite with their former vocalist D. C. Cooper for a special tour, covering the first four albums of the band. They recorded a new album entitled Show Me How to Live featuring the returning D.C. Cooper as their permanent vocalist moving forward. Cooper also provided vocals for the 2013 album, A Life to Die For, and again provided vocals on "Devil's Dozen", "Cast In Stone" and "Dystopia – Part 1".[4]

In October 2021, the group announced the completion of songwriting for the new album – "Dystopia – Part 2".[5] The album will be released on 28 October 2022.[6]

In Japan, the band is famous for the song Martial Arts, which was used as entrance music for professional wrestler Masahiro Chono.[7][8]


Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

  • 1996 (1996)
  • Closing the Chapter (1998)
  • Double Live in Japan (1999)
  • 2006 Live (2006)
  • Cargo (Live) (2016)
  • 2016 Live (2017)



  • The First 4 Chapters... and More (Japan release) (1998)
  • The Best (Japan release) (1998)
  • The Best Live (Japan release) (1998)
  • On the Mission 2002 (Japan release) (2002)
  • Heart of the City (Best of 1992–1999) (2012)
  • 20th Anniversary (2012)[10]


Royal Hunt at Sweden Rock Festival 2008
  • André Andersen (keyboards, piano, keytar, rhythm guitar) (1989–present)
  • D. C. Cooper (lead vocals) (1994–1999, 2011–present)
  • Andreas Passmark (bass) (2009–present)
  • Jonas Larsen (lead guitar) (2011–present)
  • Andreas "Habo" Johansson (drums) (2015–present)

Former members[edit]

  • Henrik Brockmann (vocals) (1989–1994)
  • John West (vocals) (1999–2007)
  • Mark Boals (vocals) (2007–2011)
  • Kenneth Olsen (drums) (1989–1996; 2004–2007)
  • Jacob Kjaer (lead guitar) (1993–2003)
  • Marcus Jidell (lead guitar, cello) (2004–2011[11])
  • Steen Mogensen (bass, keyboards) (1989–2003)
  • Per Schelander (bass) (2005–2009) (Covered for Andreas Passmark during parts of the tour 2015 and during the tour 2016 )
  • Allan Tschicaja (session drums) (2002–2004)
  • Allan Sørensen (drums) (1996–2002; 2007–2015)



  1. ^ "Royal Hunt – Prog Archives".
  2. ^ "Royal Hunt – Metal Archives".
  3. ^ "Going The Distance – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette".
  4. ^ "André Andersen (Royal Hunt): "It's easy to write music for an exciting story!"".
  6. ^ "ROYAL HUNT To Release Dystopia – Part II Album In October". Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. 18 July 2022. Retrieved 18 July 2022.
  7. ^ "Crash – YouTube".
  8. ^ "蝶野正洋".
  9. ^ "Home Page News". Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Royal Hunt – Preparing To Release 20th Anniversary Compilation – Metal Storm".
  11. ^ "Royal Hunt – Metal Storm".

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