AXEL RUDI PELL will release his new studio album January 21, 2014 in North America via SPV/Steamhammer. Today AXEL RUDI PELL has given fans the chance to check out another sample from Into the Storm. A snippet of the song the title track Into the Storm can be heard HERE.
There aren’t many artists around whose career has already lasted a quarter of a century. But then, there are even fewer who have experienced no setbacks whatsoever in 25 years. And there are only a few guitarists in the world of rock music who have created their own brand just with their name, causing over 1.3 million people to buy their music. AXEL RUDI PELL is one of those rare exceptions. And so it doesn’t come as a surprise that his latest offering “Into The Storm” is also one of his best; after all, anniversaries are always special.
Although this is the fifteenth studio album (featuring his own material) in PELL‘s career to date, he didn’t approach it any different than its predecessors. “There hasn’t been one day in my life when I haven’t been pushed by Ronnie James Dio’s spiritto write something mystical,” the 53-year-old explains his motivation. Even though ARP has nothing against efficiency and discipline, creativity doesn’t come at the flick of a switch. “I couldn’t sit down with it and compose from nine to five, that doesn’t work for me.” As inspiration doesn’t comply with office hours, Pell praises the technological achievements of recent years. “My cell phone is almost like a mobile recording studio, it’s always busy. And this time things worked particularly well.”
Well, the compositions are catchier, more elaborate. Melodic rockers like “Long Way To Go” and “High Above” alternate with up-tempo songs like “Tower Of Lies” and “Burning Chains”. Of one Axel’s most beautiful ballads to date, “When Truth Hurts”, is almost as heartrending as the touching Neil Young cover “Hey Hey My My”. Epic masterpieces such as “Touching Heaven” and the ten-minute-plus title track still have that 70s touch we all love. There are also two extra tracks for the Digipak: the glorious instrumental “White Cats (Opus #6 Scivolare)” is likely to see “guitar hero” fanatics go nuts and the Blackmore’s Night cover “Way To Mandalay” could easily have been borrowed from a Rainbow album now. ARP is on the next level now and it wouldn’t be a great surprise if he cracked the German Top 10 this time, seeing that his 2012 release Circle Of The Oath already went to no. 16! He’s certainly earned it. If someone has delivered the goods for 25 years, there’s got to be a reward.
1) THE INQUISITORIAL PROCEDURE 1:48
2) TOWER OF LIES 4:26
3) LONG WAY TO GO 5:32
4) BURNING CHAINS 5:23
5) WHEN TRUTH HURTS 6:46
6) CHANGING TIMES 6:05
7) TOUCHING HEAVEN 7:02
8) HIGH ABOVE 4:49
9) HEY HEY MY MY 5:02
10) INTO THE STORM 10:35
11) WHITE CATS (Opus #6 Scivolare) 4:54
12) WAY TO MANDALAY 7:52
Configurations: limited edition digipak incl. 2 tracks + poster, double gatefold LP with colored vinyl, standard version and download.
=> Watch Out for the deluxe edition incl. 2 LPs, digipak edition, pick, metalpin, poster, postcard, sticker, flag and patch!
Johnny Gioeli – Lead and Backing Vocals
AXEL RUDI PELL – Lead, Rhythm and Acoustic Guitars
Ferdy Doernberg – Keyboards
Volker Krawczak – Bass
Bobby Rondinelli – Drums