Axel Rudi Pell - Knight Treasures (and more....)
Axel Rudi Pell finally releases a liveshow on DVD, to the joy for us who live outside Germany where most of these kind of brilliant bands refuses to tour outside of. This is a very good show, where the tracklist is very well thought over and gives us the best from different stages in his career. The faster songs are in majorty, and the 2 slower songs are both among the best he has composed, and are a pure joy to hear and see live: Masquerade Ball and The Clown Is Dead.
It is very obvious that the guys in the band are having great fun and that they have a genuine passion for the music, and that affects you as a viewer and makes the viewingpleasure complete. This band consists of 3 monsters within different professions: Mr. Gioeli (also in Hardline) has one of the (if not THE) best pipes in the metalscene of today, Mr. Terrana (Rage, Yngwie Malmsteen, among other bands) is a monster behind his drum stool, and Mr. Pell is a guitarhero of high class, as he has such feeling for melodies, and his guitarsound is worth dying for - it lies like cotton on your eardrums. Axel himself is as usual not the most wild entertainer on stage, and holds a low profile, but Gioeli is making up that by beeing over the top this evening. Noone in the band is missing an opportunity to crack a joke or pulling stunt, though, so there are things happening all along and it shows that they are all in good mood.
This is music for everyone that has some sort of roots in hard rock/metal of any kind, which proves by the fact that during this concert we can see a 18-year old guy in spikes and Manowar t-shirt standing next to a 45-50 year old gentleman in a Uriah Heep t-shirt with gray beard and his wife next to him and they are both seemly having the time of their life. Axel doesn't not try to hide that Blackmore and the Rainbow-era is his biggest influence, and that is very obvious in his music which is strongley influenced by earlier names work.
There is not a single boring second during this concert, but I have to make a tiny remark: Why both a keyboardsolo and a drumsolo during a concert short as only 11 tracks?? One is enough if you ask me, and if I have to choose between two bad things I'd go for the drumsolo this time, since Terrana at least performs some funny talk during the solo. Freddy is a virtous at what he do, and the keyboardsolo at least ended in a jam with a keyboard/guitar duel, but still.....it's a bit too much. One more song would have fitted better in the set, and would have given it a slightly higher grade.
This is one of the best possible ways there is to spend a few hours, and if you didn't have the opportunity to be at the show in person - be sure to check it out now on DVD. One whole chalise is dedicated to the fact that the "and more...." part of this - the extra material on DVD 2 - is very good and interesting with lots of interviews and behind-the-scenes footage. Just a final reflection: Those of you who doesn't even like this music can at least check out the concert for a good laugh. Seeing the bassist Krawczak in action on stage is pure comedy. What is the man up to? What's with the constant "dance"....? :)