Axel Rudi Pell Into The Storm
Axel’s new studio album – his 15th – is a fitting tribute for this heavy metal legend. He still feels driven to write and tries to capture his creative moments whenever they occur. “My cell phone is almost like a mobile recording studio and this time things worked particularly well”, he explains. He also pays tribute to Ronnie James Dio who died in 2010 as Ronnie suggested Axel should search for a mystical edge to his songs. It’s a forceful album from start to finish and with new drummer Bobby Rondinelli the band is experiencing a new burst of energy – vocalist Johnny Gioeli thinks it’s one of their very best albums. Pell is blisteringly good throughout but we really like the slower stuff on When Truth Hurts as it offers such a great contrast. There are lots of lengthy tracks here but the epic title track is something special and it is indeed very mystical! If you like your metal well constructed and melodic then this really fits the bill.