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Axel Rudi Pell - Circle Of The Oath

Published March 12 2012

=Staff's pick

The Guillotine Suite
Ghost In The Black
Run With The Wind*
Before I Die
Circle Of The Oath
Fortunes Of War
Bridges To Nowhere*
Lived Our Lives Before
Hold On To Your Dreams
World Of Confusion (The Masquerade Ball Pt. II)*

Genre Heavy Metal
Johnny Gioeli
Tracks 10
Axel Rudi Pell
Running time 59 Min.
Label Steamhammer/SPV
Volker Krawczak
Release 26 March 2012
Mike Terrana
Country Germany
Ferdy Doernberg
Producer Axel Rudi Pell/Charlie Bauerfeind
Similar artists ---

When somebody mentions solid heavy metal, one of the names that pops up first is often Axel Rudi Pell. This release is the seventh recording with the same line up stretched over twelve years and all those albums sounds quite similar to each other. Compilations, cover albums, live recordings, etc from this productive quintet not included.

Circle Of The Oath is no exception to the rule. It starts with an intro, followed by a fast track. It has two longer epic and bombastic opuses, a pair of straight forward heavy metal songs and a pair of melodic and catchy ones. Finally one slower, heavier song and of course a ballad as well. In short, this is an ordinary Axel Rudi Pell album and usually that means high quality.

This release is quite diverse itself, as stated in last paragraph. Seen in the long run though, definitely not. The guitar play and solos from the main man and in fact from all instruments are far from groundbreaking and have been heard many times before on his albums, but they feel safe and comfortable with what they are doing, so this review could probably be copied and pasted with only minor changes for their next release as well. Lead vocalist Johnny Gioeli is flawless as usual too, but that's hardly something negative.

Then why buy this album and not spend your cash on something else? Just scroll up and read the first sentence in this text once again and you will find the answer to that question. If you like this band and are familiar with their past efforts, just go for it. You will be no way near disappointed. If you're not familiar with their music, it's your choice to start with this album or any of the other ones created in the 2000's, if this is what you're looking for. It's a good album and I would never have expected anything else from these five gentlemen.

See also review of: Game Of Sins , Into The Storm , Live On Fire , The Crest , Tales Of The Crown , Mystica , Kings And Queens , Shadow Zone , One Night Live








7 chalices of 10 - Tobbe

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