career began in 1980 with the band Steeler with whom he released four
albums before he began his solo career in 1989. Axel Rudi Pell has
released ten studio albums, three ballad albums, two live albums, one
best of and one DVD so he has been quite busy.
have been a huge ARP fan since 1996 when the “Black Moon Pyramid” album
was released, but on the last two studio albums “Shadow Zone” and
“Kings and Queens” half of the tracks have been ballads and that
really isn’t what I expect from an Axel Rudi Pell album. On the new
album “Mystica” there are only two semi-ballads (maybe I wasn't
the only one complaining)?
music on “Mystica” follows the same path that Axel has been
following since the “Black Moon Pyramid” album, neo-classic heavy
metal with hints of Rainbow, Malmsteen, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and
of the best tracks are the melodic rocker “Living a Lie”, the
neo-classic “Haunted Castle Serenade” and the ten minutes epic “The
Curse of the Damned”. Those tracks make “Mystica” the best Axel
Rudi Pell album since “The Masquerade Ball”.