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'Into The Storm'
Release Date: 20th January 2014

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To celebrate 25 years, Axel Rudi Pell releases 'Into The Storm' and the German melodic rockers fifteenth album to boot. Has the storm passed or is Axel Rudi Pell firing on all cylinders like a cyclone?

To get the maximum effect the volume needs to be up loud and 'Into The Storm' blasts off with chugging guitars and if you love your hard rock this will definitely grab your attention.

Cue pianos and operatic feel in the shape of 'When Truth Hurts'. You could mistake this for a ballad, but as soon as the chorus is underway you would be wrong. It does have all the trademarks of a so called power ballad. Maybe for the second song this could work really well, the very strong vocals definitely do this justice and it isn't very often that the ballad is so early on an album.

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Title track 'Into The Storm' starts off slowly, almost like an Egyptian themed effect. Johnny's vocals carry the feeling that the ancient ones are rocking along whilst the guitar work is what you would expect of Axel. Picture a band playing in the middle of a desert, with lots of ancient Egyptians working hard at building pyramids, as well as leaving the place they have always known for new tales to be created.

'Burning Chains' is fast and furious; forgive me for thinking I have heard that guitar line before. Yes the guitar line reminds me of 'Burn' but that doesn't matter as this this a true rocker if I ever heard one.

Neil Young's 'Hey Hey My My' gets an airing, a slow but endearing version that you could just chill out to. I particularly like the fact that unlike other versions I have heard of late, it's been slowed down and given more a piano feel.

On the whole I think Axel Rudi Pell has pulled off a belter of an album in 'Into The Storm' and what better way to keep it rocking after 25 years.

Here's to another 25 years of rocking for one of Germany's most iconic guitarists. And did I mention that this comes out in no more than four different formats, some including bonus tracks and also an LP version.

Axel Rudi Pell - Guitar
Johnny Gioeli - Vocals
Ferdy Doernberg - Keyboards
Volker Krawczak - Bass
Bobby Rondinelli - Drums

Track listing
3) LONG WAY TO GO 5:32
8) HIGH ABOVE 4:49
9) HEY HEY MY MY 5:02
10) INTO THE STORM 10:35






Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


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Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

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As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

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