Axel Rudi Pell Into The Storm

Steamham­mer

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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.

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