German Heavy Metal Guitar Wizard Axel Rudi Pell, who has sold over 1.5 million albums as a solo artist since his 1989 debut, has lined up the release of ‘Game Of Sins’, his 16th studio album, on Steamhammer / SPV, on January 15th2016. ‘Game Of Sins’ will be available as a ten track jewel case CD, as a digipak, with bonus track and poster, plus as a double gatefold, 180 gram black vinyl LP, with printed inner sleeves, + CD in a paper sleeve.
AXEL RUDI PELL
Game Of Sins
Steamhammer / SPV
15 January 2016
The first single from the album, ‘King Of Fools’ (track 7), set for digital release on December 6th(St Nicholas Day),“Is about a pimp, the King of his neighbourhood. Little girls should be aware of him, he teaches sin! It´s a typical ARP Riff-Rocker, melodic and straight with a catchy hook line!” explains Axel.
‘Game Of Sins’, a storming, hugely accomplished melodic hard rock opus, is an even more consummate offering than its MUCH acclaimed predecessor, 2013’s ‘Into The Storm’, which was awarded 10/10 and Album Of The Month in Powerplay Magazine’s February 2014 issue.
Axel began working on ‘Game Of Sins’ as soon as he’d stepped off the stage of his star studded 3 hour plus 25thAnniversary show (in front of 15,000 fans at the ‘Bang Your Head’ Festival in Germany), on July 11th2014, the live recording of which, ‘Magic Moments’, went straight in to # 1 on the German and Swedish DVD charts, # 4 in Switzerland, #7 in Austria and # 17 in Holland on release this year.
While you would have thought that Axel might invite his numerous famed festival guests to participate in the studio, he comments that “I never even thought of having guest musicians on this album”. That’s because the incredibly accomplished Axel Rudi Pell band, long-time stars of the German and European melodic metal scene, are sounding tighter than ever, not least courtesy of (ex-Rainbow / Black Sabbath / Blue Oyster Cult) drummer Bobby Rondinelli, who joined the ARP fold in 2013.
“Booby Fits Like A Glove” states Axel, continuing “Bobby is the perfect drummer, who always knows what to play; on ‘Game Of Sins’ even more so than on ‘Into The Storm’”. Furthermore, Rondinelli’s crisp, resonant drumming features much higher in the mix on ‘Game Of Sins’ than on ‘Into The Storm’, contributing in no small part to the much fuller, more resounding sound on the new LP; “Looking back, I have to admit that the drums on the last album stayed too much in the background”, notes Axel.
As a result, ‘Game Of Sins’ is way harder and grittier than previous releases, while each and every soaring composition comes topped with some of Axel’s best ever glorious, flowing guitar riffs, perfectly complemented by singer Johnny Gioelli’s soaring, expressive vocals. Furthermore, “Everybody involved agrees”, grins Axel; “There’s not a single filler on the album”, which he readily admits was not apparently the case on earlier discs.
Particular highlights include album title track ‘Game Of Sins’, packed with nine minutes of those epic structures and Arabian scales which Pell is so fond of, ‘Till The World Says Goodbye’, a dark, doomy, balladic soundtrack for Judgement Day, or ‘Sons In The Night’, which pays tribute to NWOBHM with its ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ inspired lyrics. Then there’s Axel’s real hard rocking version of the almighty Bob Dylan / Jimi Hendrix classic ‘All Along The Watchtower’, the digipak bonus track, which Axel had wanted to tackle for a long time; “That song is far from easy to arrange, but the result is definitely worth the effort” he states, concluding “Everything went to plan”.
‘Game Of Sins’, patently the work of a band at the peak of its powers, is a massive milestone landmark album, which can only elevate the Axel Rudi Pell Band’s star ever higher in rock’s heady stratosphere.
*STEAMHAMMER / SPV / NEW CD RELEASE
Release Date: January 15th, 2016
Release Date USA: January 22nd, 2015
AXEL RUDI PELL
“Game Of Sins”
Format: CD plus 1 bonus track + poster
Packaging: Jewel Case
Format: 2 LP + CD
Packaging: Gatefold, printed inner sleeves, black vinyl,180 g, CD in paper sleeve
1) LENTA FORTUNA (INTRO) 01:24
2) FIRE 05:34
3) SONS IN THE NIGHT 05:07
4) GAME OF SINS 08:43
5) FALLING STAR 05:14
6) LOST IN LOVE 06:07
7) THE KING OF FOOLS 04:58
8) TILL THE WORLD SAYS GOODBYE 07:40
9) BREAKING THE RULES 05:07
10) FOREVER FREE 08:29
11) Bonustrack:ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER 06:03
LP 1 Side 1:
LENTA FORTUNA (INTRO) 01:24
SONS IN THE NIGHT 05:07
LP 1 Side 2:
GAME OF SINS 08:43
FALLING STAR 05:14
LP 2 Side 1:
LOST IN LOVE 06:07
THE KING OF FOOLS 04:58
BREAKING THE RULES 05:07
LP 2 Side 2:
TILL THE WORLD SAYS GOODBYE 07:40
FOREVER FREE 08:29
Johnny Gioeli – Lead and Backing Vocals
Axel Rudi Pell – Lead, Rhythm and Acoustic Guitars
Ferdy Doernberg – Keyboards
Volker Krawczak – Bass
Bobby Rondinelli – Drums
1989 Wild Obsessions
1991 Nasty Reputation
1992 Eternal Prisoner
1993 The Ballads
1994 Between The Walls
1995 Made In Germany (live)
1996 Black Moon Pyramid
1998 Oceans Of Time
1999 The Ballads II
2000 The Masquerade Ball
2000 The Wizards Chosen Few (best of)
2002 Shadow Zone
2002 Knight Treasures – Live And More (DVD)
2002 Knights Live (live)
2004 Kings And Queens
2004 The Ballads III
2007 Diamonds Unlocked (cover versions)
2008 Live Over Europe (DVD)
2008 Tales Of The Crown
2009 Best Of- Anniversary Edition (best of)
2010 One Night Live (DVD)
2010 The Crest
2011 The Ballads IV
2012 Circle Of The Oath
2013 Live On Fire (DVD)
2014 Into The Storm
2015 Magic Moments (DVD)
2016 Game Of Sins
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