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|AXEL RUDI PELL - Game Of Sins [Deluxe Edition] (2016) |
German guitar hero AXEL RUDI PELL and his terrific band will release their sixteenth studio album, "Game Of Sins" on January 15, 2016 (January 22 in the U.S.) through SPV/Steamhammer.
As usual, the new album share the same musical characteristics that made
ARP so respected over the years; these include some killer songs, top
notch musicianship, and great production. And the latter is a highlight
of this release: "Game Of Sins" must be ARP best produced record ever.
Seriously, this baby sounds incredible.
Especially sound-wise, Axel Rudi Pell appears to have made a quantum
leap. Axel said; "Looking back, I have to admit that the drums on the
last album stayed too much in the background," a fact which has changed
for the better: they sound much fuller and much more aggressive this
Oh yeah, Bobby Rondinelli (ex-Rainbow, Black Sabbath) shines here, you gotta hear what he does with the drum kit!
Additionally, the superb Johnny Gioeli delivers his best vocal performance since the Hardline glory days.
The short intro “Lenta Fortuna” (latin for Bad Luck) leads into “Fire”, a
barnstorming track in the classic melodic heavy rock style with which
Pell has made his considerable name. As far as making an immediate
statement goes they couldn’t have done much better. It contains a great
chorus, classic riff, driving drums and a great solo. What else does
The quality level remains firmly stuck at the top as “Sons in the Night”
follows. It’s a powerhouse number pushed by a pulsating riff and
Gioeli's monster leads.
The title track provides the first change of pace as a monastic chant
accompanied by some jangling guitar work leads us to a slow but strong
pounding rhythm that takes over. From there an unstoppable momentum has
built up that takes a couple of twists and turns over it’s eight minute
length before returning back to its powerful beginnings.
“Falling Star” can count themselves amongst the best tracks on the
album, a true '80s hard rocker plenty of fire, a killer main riff, a
devastating rhythm section and wonderful verses.
Also “Till The World Says Goodbye” deserves singling out for praise with
an intense melodic hard rock sprawling groove that harks back to
Gioeli’s days with Hardline.
Is there an Axel Rudi Pell album without a ballad? They may well be one
day, but as long as Axel writes beautiful specimen such as “Lost In
Love", there's bound to be one.
More great cuts are the rifftastic “The King Of Fools”, or the awesome
atmospherics of midtempo “Forever Free”, all killers - no fillers.
This Deluxe Edition comes with a bonus track, a cover of the classic
“All Along the Watchtower” really well done with a loose hard rock feel.
Since beginning his solo career in 1989 Pell has not looked back and
continued to produce high quality edgy melodic hard rock full of razor
sharp riffage and incisive solos that have now become his trademark.
This is perfected to the extreme in "Game Of Sins".
The band sounds terrific like never before; the line-up has been
consistent now for many years, aside from Rondinelli who replaced Mike
Terrana in 2013, and that tightness and chemistry can certainly be heard
over the course of the album. Whether it’s Ferdy Doernberg adding his
keyboard wizardry or Volker Krawczak’s driving bass lines the album
sounds like a true classic band rather than the whim and will of one
And what to say about former Hardline main man Johnny Gioeli... he is,
as he has been for the past 15 years or more, the voice of ARP’s music
and he once again nails it with the style and panache that everyone has
come to expect as standard. In actual fact there hasn’t been a more
consistent vocal performer in the hard rock genre over the past twenty
years than Gioeli.
Never has this been illustrated more than on "Game Of Sins" where he
gives somewhat of a masterclass on the art of melodic hard rock vocals.
"Game Of Sins" is a killer album from start to finish, not only
including some of the best songs ARP has written in his career but also
the better produced. Seriously, everything sounds huge, punchy like any
major, big budget production from the late '80s / early '90s, something
rare to hear nowadays.
01 - Lenta Fortuna (Intro)
02 - Fire
03 - Sons In the Night
04 - Game of Sins
05 - Falling Star
06 - Lost In Love
07 - The King of Fools
08 - Till the World Says Goodbye
09 - Breaking the Rules
10 - Forever Free
11 - All Along the Watchtower (bonus track)
Axel Rudi Pell - Guitar
Johnny Gioeli - Vocals
Ferdy Doernberg - Keyboards
Volker Krawczak - Bass
Bobby Rondinelli - Drums
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