If you have any Axel Rudi Pell albums then you know what
to expect here. Nothing has changed, music & style wise. Which is not a bad
thing. If you find a winning formula might as well stick with it.
Of The Crown' opens up with 4 cranking tracks in classic Axel Rudi Pell
style “Higher”, “Ain’t Gonna Win”, “Angel Eyes” & “Crossfire”, which is the
faster’s track on the album.
"Touching My Soul" is the first ballad-type song with an enormous solo.
"Emotional Echoes" is the only instrumental on the album and not a bad one
really. It has a real funky but heavy sound, only Axel Rudi Pell
The next two tracks are personally my favourite two on the album.
“Riding On An Arrow” has a real 80’s feel to it and just pumps along & sticks in
your head & the title track "Tales of the Crown" is a 9 minute opus which really
shows off the whole bands talents, reminds me a lot of something off the Black
Pyramid album. Johnny Gioeli sings his ass off on this track & Mr Pell lets rip
with some of the best guitar work I have heard from him.
“Buried Alive” gets things cranking again before the second
ballad, the weakest song, “Northern Lights” finishes off Tales Of Creation. I
don’t think this will open any new doors for Axel Rudi Pell, but he does deliver
a very good & solid album here.