Royal Hunt

Royal Hunt is a progressive metal band based in Denmark. Royal Hunt was founded in 1989 by keyboardist Andre Andersen.

Royal Hunt
Royal Hunt
Royal Hunt
Background information
OriginCopenhagen, Denmark
Years active1989–present
LabelsNorthPoint Productions, Kick Music, Steamhammer, Semaphore, Magna Carta, Scarlet Frontiers
Associated actsCornerstone, Stratosphere, Amaran's Plight, Andersen-Laine-Readman, Evil Masquerade, Ring of Fire, Missing Tide, Silent Force, Artension, Narita, Yngwie Malmsteen
MembersAndre 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 known for creating melodic music with a progressive and symphonic flair. They experienced success during the mid-90s with vocalist D.C. Cooper on their classic albums Moving Target and Paradox mainly in Japan and Europe. In Japan, the band is famous for the song Martial Arts, which was used as entrance music for professional wrestler Masahiro Chono

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.

Royal Hunt have sold more than 1 million albums worldwide.


Studio albumsEdit

Live albumsEdit

  • 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)[2]


  • 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 membersEdit

  • 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[3])
  • 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. ^ "Home Page News". Retrieved April 18, 2015.
  2. ^ "Royal Hunt - Preparing To Release 20th Anniversary Compilation - Metal Storm".
  3. ^ "Royal Hunt - Metal Storm".