Land of Broken Hearts. Story

You will get the most intriguing updates as we are going to dive DEEP into 1991 and the history of creation of our the very first album. This time we’ll invite you to walk downstairs into the basement of NorthPoint Studio to open some really dusty boxes and see WHAT (or WHOM) will we find from the Land of Broken Hearts era. Are you in?

Land Of Broken Hearts – Reissue 2021

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ROYAL HUNT DEBUT CD TURNS 30 YEARS – COLLECTORS EDITION IS DUE IN OCTOBER

The re-mastered version of ROYAL HUNT’s debut album – ”Land Of Broken Hearts” will be released on the 29th of October 2021 via NorthPoint Productions. It includes an extended booklet with rare pictures, “the making of” – story written by André Andersen and 5 bonus tracks. “Land of Broken Hearts” has previously been reissued on vinyl (Night of the Vinyl Dead) CD, and all digital platforms (NorthPoint Productions) in 2018.

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Message from the band: “Dear friends,

We´ve been totally overwhelmed by the amount of requests reg. “Land of Broken Hearts” – re-issue of 2018 – which was then quickly sold out mostly at the stage of pre-orders.

We didn’t expect that much interest in our older albums – BUT – if that´s the case – we might try to continue re-issuing those albums in the same fashion: with extended booklets, bonus tracks and more inside info on each release.

The re-run of “Land of Broken Hearts” is due in october 2021. If you missed your copy in 2018 – you can now reserve one here“.
 
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Add to your playlists / listen to “Land Of Broken Hearts” on all digital platforms:

Spotify https://bit.ly/land-of-broken-hears-spotify
iTunes https://bit.ly/land-of-broken-hears-itunes
YouTube https://bit.ly/land-of-broken-hears-youtube
Amazon https://bit.ly/land-of-broken-hears-amazon

Tracklisting:
1. Running Wild 5:08
2. Easy Rider 4:59
3. Flight 4:00
4. Age Gone Wild 4:32
5. Martial Arts (Instrumental) 1:51
6. One by One 4:34
7. Heart of the City 3:43
8. Land of Broken Hearts 4:41
9. Freeway Jam (Instrumental) 1:32
10. Kingdom Dark 4:28
11. Stranded 4:41
12. Day in Day Out 3:23
13. Land of Broken Hearts (Acoustic Version) 3:58
14. Age Gone Wild (Acoustic Version) 4:06
15. Bad Luck 3:16
16. What Goes Around Comes Around 3:42

 

The official video – “Land Of Broken Hearts”

 

While going through the archives in search of bonus material in 2018, some raw video footage was found which was shot all the way back in 1992 but never used: the band performing “Age Gone Wild” from their debut. The film has been restored/edited and finally published, giving all ROYAL HUNT fans a unique opportunity to re-discover this once lost and now – fortunately – newly found gem:

 

André Andersen unpacking the reissue of “Land Of Broken Hearts” from 2018:

Land of Broken Hearts: Reissue

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We’re excited to present the re-mastered version of our debut album – “Land of Broken Hearts” (Special Edition 2018) out on the 15th of August (NorthPoint Productions). It includes an extended booklet with rare pictures, “the making of” – story written by André Andersen, 4 bonus tracks and one previously unreleased song (recently restored/re-recorded). “Land of Broken Hearts” has previously been released on vinyl (Night of the Vinyl Dead).

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You can find this new release on most digital download / streaming platforms. Tracklisting: Running Wild – Easy Rider – Flight – Age Gone Wild – Martial Arts (Instrumental) – One by One – Heart of the City – Land of Broken Hearts – Freeway Jam (Instrumental) – Kingdom Dark – Stranded – Day in Day Out – Land of Broken Hearts (Acoustic Version) – Age Gone Wild (Acoustic Version) – Bad Luck – What Goes Around Comes Around

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While going through the archives in search of bonus material, some raw video footage was found which was shot all the way back in 1992 but never used: the band performing “Age Gone Wild” from their debut. Now the film has been restored/edited and finally published, giving all Royal Hunt fans a unique opportunity to re-discover this once lost and now – fortunately – newly found gem


 
Land of Broken Hearts (Special Edition 2018) is available:

AMAZON https://bit.ly/land-of-broken-hears-amazon
SPOTIFY https://bit.ly/land-of-broken-hears-spotify
ITUNES https://bit.ly/land-of-broken-hears-itunes
YOUTUBE https://bit.ly/land-of-broken-hears-youtube 

 
André Andersen unpacking the special edition:

“Land of Broken Hearts” – Official Video:

 
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“Age Gone Wild” – Director’s Cut

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Land of Broken Hearts: Story. Continues…


Welcome to the private screening of the brand new video clip for the song “Age Gone Wild”. The clip will be premierred on YouTube later this month. The footage we’re showing you today is not final but rather Director’s Cut which preserves original coloring of partially damaged tapes we found, funny moments and traces of time.
As usual, André gives a detailed comment below:

“…Actually, we arranged this video shoot only for “Day In Day Out”: rented some extra gear (more is more!), set it all up in the Nordisk Film hangar, ordered our first “proper” backdrop, hired a camera crew, worked out the basic concept and got started.

By the end of the day we had – unexpectedly – a couple of hours left and somebody spontaneously suggested to shoot another one: no plan, no preparations – just go through the song a few times for… you know…“just in case”.

The whole thing´s been done “on the fly”: our light engineer changed the setting a little bit but, obviously, no smart camera angles or other “cinematic” trick´s been used; we played the song a few times and let the camera crew improvise with the filming.

The very next day “Day In Day Out” went into the editing suite for post-production as it was planned, while “Age Gone Wild” was left as it was: we just copied all these takes onto one roll of film and stored it for “later”…time went by and everybody simply forgot all about it… until, as you can see, I coincidently found this tape 27 years “later”.

Unreleased Song – New Recording

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Another bit of fun while continuing our little journey “down the memory lane”:

André Andersen: While going through my – rather vast – archives I picked up some tapes which we recorded back in the day; I guess the one I listened through was approx. from 1990. Lots of songs, lots of ideas – all of them are raw and unfinished, some are just bits and pieces of a drum beat, bass line, accord sequences… not much to go after, but you´d get an overall idea.

Anyway, one of the pieces was called “What Goes Around Comes Around”: a rocky riff, “gang choir” and lyrics to match… I guess it could have been a good companion for songs like “Running Wild” or “Wasted Time”. Of course the actual recording sounded clumsy and overall quality was dreadful, but “savable” for this particular cause.

I called Henrik and asked him if he wanted to put a new swing on it and – as he, to my surprise, was game – I asked some of my friends (including Ritchie´s and Yngwee´s bastard son – Jonas Larsen) – to add some musical noises to this relic… fortunately, they all agreed 

In conclusion: this song´s definitely not what Royal Hunt is about today, but it gives you a hint of what was going on while we were preparing for recordings of our debut – LOBH – and yet surprisingly relevant today (at least Henrik, Jonas and I think so  Hell, we had so much fun that we almost agreed on doing something like that (no, not from the archives, but something new) in the future – just for laughs, who knows? :->

LOBH LPs OUT NOW

Land of Broken Hearts LP on Vinyl by Royal Hunt


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Great news on Christmas Eve!

Yes! – better late than never… The pressing plant has been overbooked this fall so we’ve been waiting for a long, long time. But now, finally, we are happy to announce that our debut album has been reissued on a limited to 350 hand numbered copies, 180 g colored vinyl LP in a gatefold sleeve with lyrics + insert containing rare and never seen before photos of the band. Check them out! 

Track list: Running Wild – Easy Rider – Flight – Age Gone Wild – Martial Arts – One by One – Heart of the City – Land of Broken Hearts – Freeway Jam – Kingdom Dark – Stranded – Day In Day Out – Bad Luck (previously only released in Japan).

We would like to thank Night of The Vinyl Dead for a great job and devotion. 

We have prepared a solid bonus for all of you who order LP from royalhunt.com:

–  All LPs will be signed 
–  Access to video updates;
– Private screening of an old footage from LOBH era (NEVER RELEASED BEFORE);
–  A BONUS SONG (NEVER RELEASED BEFORE) 

Land of Broken Hearts LP on Vinyl by Royal Hunt

The LPs will be shipped as soon as we receive them in Denmark. (Unless you order a bundle.) 

CD’s OUT!

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....So everything´s in place: the audio master for the album, artwork/cover and promo pictures… what now? Well, a record company to put the actual CD out in the world would be nice – so that´s what we started working on. I´m not sure how many promo packages we mailed out… I´d say close to a hundred; every record label in the world (which we could think of) received a copy – and none were interested. Replies were few but the message was the same: no thanks!

Remember that it was 1991: for the “80´s” we were “not commercial enough” for the “90´s” – “too much music”… some labels were still into “fluff, glam and lipstick” some were already into flannel shirts and suicidal lyrics accompanied by a couple of guitar accords played badly.

But we still had a steady flow of gigs so on a next – quite heated – band meeting we decided to print the album ourselves and sell it at the shows; we could also send copies to the press for reviews and to radios in order to gain some interest. One of these days we run into a guy who just started his own little label – Extreme Records – and made a quick deal: we´d print 500 copies, mail some to radio/press, take some to the gigs to sell and he would distribute the rest to record shops (yes, there were plenty of record shops around in ´91).

And from that point – the day we finally hold our first album/CD in our hands – things started to unfold in an interesting way: the reviews were bland at best, only a few local radio stations played our songs and yet… in a few weeks we sold every single copy! We rushed to order another, similar bunch – same thing: in a couple of weeks they´re gone.

Needless to say – we partied hard… who wouldn´t? We paid our bills, we had some change left and it seemed like we could keep printing our own CD´s and sell them out pretty fast – cheers! Until the day the pre-order for 3000 copies came in from a Swedish distribution company (we´ll take it from there in our next update).

 

First artwork

It looked different from the final result as we know today but all the ideas – the actual crest, flags and bits of a dragon – were all there, nicely represented and put together into a complete logo. We used some of the ideas from that very first sketch on the anniversary release “2016”.
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Very few people know that Steen was (and most definitely still is) a pretty accomplished sketch painter – it is he who did that first prototype of the RH´s crest. It looked different from the final result as we know today but all the ideas – the actual crest, flags and bits of a dragon – were all there, nicely represented and put together into a complete logo. We used some of the ideas from that very first sketch on the anniversary release "2016".

We passed the sketch over to Martin Burridge – the guy who did the cover for LOBH and our next couple of covers – and he took it further, adding more details and technically fine tuning the final logo.

Back in a day there was no such thing as PhotoShop or whatever – everything´s been done by hand – so you had to physically mail the original drawing to the record company in Japan, for example, and then they´d mail it to a company in Europe and so on… that´s why you can find LOBH in different colors, ranging from light blue to a very dark, almost purple shade: every printing plant was mixing their colors/paint by eyesight, so variations were numerous.

We just can't wait to see which shade of blue will the vinyl reissue wear...

 

Next thing…

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André: Next thing was a photosession... ( believe it or not but we recently met the photographer who took our pictures 25 years ago – Christian Nørgaard (thanks Facebook!). We decided to pay him a visit and were quite surprised to discover that he actually had all the negatives from that day – what were the chances?!

Now to the point WHY he kept these negatives for so long:

As I wrote in the previous update – we were pretty much broke at the time, playing clubs for some change – so hiring a professional photographer wasn?t easy…

To make a long story short: Steen called a few guys up and told them upfront that we needed photos but had no cash and – just like every other band – promised to pay in full when the record deal would be secured (not very original by any standards but hey... at least he tried 🙂 Anyway, Christian was the only one who – for the reason he still can't explain today – agreed and in a few days we had our mugs immortalized professionally.

As Christian recently told me he wasn't expecting to see us again – ever – so off he went with his day-to-day activities, gradually forgetting the episode only to be mighty surprised a few months later, when Steen called him up again and asked what time he could drop by to pay the bill.

In Christian's own words that kind of thing never happened to him in his entire professional carrier, so he kept these pictures for 25 years simply as a souvenir of sorts… thanks to him and good for us as now we can use them all for our vinyl edition of LOBH.

 
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