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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Review: Axel Rudi Pell - Game Of Sins

We are all not strangers to Axel Rudi Pell, it has been a mighty 26 years since their first debut album ”Wild observation”. So naturally after a quarter of century you would think things would tend to become stale but that’s not the case with Axel Rudi Pell. The band hasn’t missed a beat especially now with an even impressive lineup than it has started with. It’s evident with the underrated Johnny Gioeli on vocals, Ferdy Doernberg of Halloween fame on keyboards and the ever excellent Bobby Rondinelli on drums.

“Game of Sins” is the band’s follow up to the 2014’s “Into the Storm” which was by all measure one of the best albums the band produced. Naturally the fans were looking for a worthy follow up and for all intents and purposes “Game Of Sins” is that.

It’s an understatement when you say Axel Rudi Pell and Johnny Gioeli work well together. They know when to share the stage and when to back off from the lights. and I can fairly say without these guys understanding another, “Game of Sins” wouldn’t be the same album it is.

The album starts strong with the rapid “Fire” and moves on to the Sons of Anarchy inspired song “Sons in The Night” then the album hit its apex with “Game of Sins” and “The King of Fools”. As we all know it has become a habit of the band to include a ballad here or there. This time they hit us with two of the best in “Lost in love” and the fantastic, dark and gloomy “Till the world says goodbye”.
The band ends with what made this album great in my opinion, the cover of Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower”. The band really outdid themselves on this one, it’s easily the best metal rendition of that song. A true classic for future generations to appreciate.

As usual another great album by Axel Rudi Pell but I would advise them to experiment a little on their next title, here’s for more to come.

Written by Ahmed Winchester


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