BAND AXEL RUDI PELL
ALBUM KNIGHTS CALL
LABEL SPV STEAMHAMMER
OUT 2018 (March 23rd)
OUR RATING 88/100
Let's start from the end: THE KING is back with an album full of inspiration and where nothin' appears to be misplaced!
Yes it' true..the puzzle is perfect and all sounds perfectly.
After the great medieval intro, able to create the right environment, they start with THE WILD AND THE YOUNG, direct and guitar-driven, with AXEL and JOHNNY GIOELI in pole position.
WILDEST DREAMS is at same time inspired and epic and son of the great love of AXEL for RAINBOW.
LONG LIVE ROCK is an anthemic song, direct and fresh.."THIS WAY OF LIFE IS THE ONLY ONE, WE BELIEVE AND WE'LL CARRY ON"..Yes, We agree!!!
THE CRUSADERS OF DOOM begins full of emphasis and atmosphere, an environment where GIOELI fits perfectly; surely a fancy tune, complex and with an amazing contribution from all musicians.
TRUTH AND LIES is the great instrumental break of almost 8 min, with drums'n'bass highly relevant, FERDY DOERNBERG literally amazing and it confirms another time that AXEL is the true heir of RITCHIE BLACKMORE.
BEYOND THE LIGHT is another gem, an high class track dedicated to those who has passed away.
If SLAVES ON THE RUN is more direct, FOLLOW THE SUN is full of rhythm.
TOWER OF BABYLON is the fancy, incredible end of almost 10 min.
An amazing return, with all members in their best shape!