Axel Rudi Pell

Release date: August 28th 2006
Distribution: Target (Denmark)

Heavy Metal

Rating: 81/100
Reviewed by:
Jørgen Ditlev
August 27th 2006

Axel’s 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.

I 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)?  

The 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 Dio.  

Some 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”.  

Well done.