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Axel Rudi Pell - Into The Storm

Published January 17 2014

=Staff's pick

The Inquisitorial Procedure
Tower Of Lies
Long Way To Go*
Burning Chains
When Truth Hurts
Changing Times*
Touching Heaven*
High Above
Hey Hey My My*
Into The Storm

Genre Heavy Metal
Johnny Gioeli
Tracks 10
Axel Rudi Pell
Running time 58 Min.
Label Steamhammer/SPV
Volker Krawczak
Release 17 January 2014
Bobby Rondinelli
Country Germany/USA
Ferdy Doernberg
Producer A.R. Pell, Charlie Bauerfeind
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What to say about a new record from German guitar wizard Axel Rudi Pell that hasn't been said before? With a fairly prosperous and lucrative career, the main man and his 4-headed unit are in this long run rather well known for not modifying their approach into totally new shapes of music with each record made. It's generally rather strong and enjoyable heavy metal without groundbreaking passages or revolutionary experiences and Into The Storm is no exception to this persistent rule.

It's not like they redo what has been done in the past with each visit in the recording room, but this one is still highly reminiscent of the latest records. This new effort is like much of their work really diverse when viewing it as a complete package though. The songs have every piece of this and that within the heavy metal aspects. It includes up- and mid-tempo tracks, a heavier and epic song, naturally ballads and also captivating moments in an ongoing prolific stream. The will to create precise metal tunes is still evident and this outfit produces more material than most other equals.

After long-time killing machine Mike Terrana's departure last year, renowned drummer Bobby Rondinelli has joined the ranks. No shadow should definitely fall on the successor's work, as he performs in an undoubtedly satisfactory manner and his efforts should not be taken lightly, but I still miss some of Terrana's plays, since I personally find him near irreplaceable. When speaking of irreplaceable, lead vocalist Johnny Gioeli fucking strikes again. A beautiful voice and an awesome performance from one of metal's undisputed champions. Mr. Pell himself has like always found solid and untamed riffs to keep things in charge and some of his plays and harmonies are enchanting, although he is no supreme master of the art himself.

There's no point to deny that Axel Rudi Pell validates his position and that he has delivered yet another vigorous and strong album with mainly classy and also a few remarkable songs. The situation is highly recognizable, as he navigates his ship through familiar and harmless waters, in contradiction to the album's front cover. Fans to the band's past work can safely purchase this record without any hesitations. You know what you will get and it will be hard to resist the urge if you're eager for more heavy metal from the veterans.

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








7 chalices of 10 - Tobbe

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