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AXEL RUDI PELL


***New single 'Love's Holding On' featuring Bonnie Tyler released March 31st, taken from upcoming 'The Ballads V' album out April 21st on Steamhammer / SPV ***

German virtuoso heavy metal guitarist Axel Rudi Pell, who has been a leading light on the European melodic metal scene for well over three decades and sold more than 1.5 million albums, is proud to announce the release of a brand new digital single (and video), 'Love's Holding On', featuring special guest star Bonnie Tyler, on Steamhammer / SPV, on March 31st.

'Love's Holding On', containing a stunning duet between Bonnie and long-time Axel Rudi Pell band singer Johnny Gioeli, is one of four new recordings included on 'Ballads V', part five of his successful ongoing ballad compilation album series, due out on April 21st. Axel states that "Bonnie Tyler only records songs she personally likes, so I wrote this tune just for her and she really loved it. She came to the studio and we recorded it within a couple of hours; the result is amazing!"

'Ballads V' follows on from his most recent studio album 'Game Of Sins', which charted high in the national album charts in Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Austria and The Czech Republic, plus breached the UK's Rock and Metal chart, (for the first time) when released in January 2016.



'Ballads V' also contains a sublime new 8-minute-long song, 'On The Edge Of Our Time', as well as Axel's rocking cover version of Ed Sheeran's composition 'I See Fire', the theme track of 'The Hobbit' movie; "I always liked that tune, but I wanted to hear it Pell-style, so we took a piano instead of the acoustic guitar and added a beautiful solo at the end." A previously unreleased live recording of 'The Line', from the Rock Of Ages Festival in Germany, which Axel co-headlined at the end of July last year, is also included.

Among many other highlights are a live cover of Deep Purple's mighty 'Mistreated', recorded during Axel's monumental 25-year anniversary show in Balingen in July 2014, with Doogie White (ex-Rainbow, MSG) on vocals and erstwhile Rainbow keyboard legend Tony Carey also performing; "It was a 14-minute emotional ride for everybody involved on that stage that night," recalls Pell. Mention must also be made of Axel's atmospheric take on Neil Young's 'Hey Hey My My', inspired by the legendary TV series 'Sons Of Anarchy'.

'Ballads V' will be available as a Digipak CD (with poster), double purple 180 gram vinyl gatefold LP (with printed inner sleeves + CD in a cardboard sleeve), and limited (1,000) edition Boxset (containing Digipak CD, CD single, 5,000 mAh ARP branded powerbank, sticker and photo postcard).
ComPELLed – Roland Hyams ­ roland@workhardpr.com 07768 156392 / 020 8677 8466
www.axel-rudi-pell.de
www.spv.de

March 8th 2017.


© Work Hard PR 2017


AXEL RUDI PELL


***SUPERB NEW ‘GAME OF SINS’ STUDIO ALBUM RELEASED JANUARY 15TH ON STEAMHAMMER / SPV***

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 15th 2016. ‘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.

‘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 25th Anniversary show (in front of 15,000 fans at the ‘Bang Your Head’ Festival in Germany), on July 11th 2014, 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.
Sinner – Roland Hyams ­ roland@workhardpr.com 07768 156392 / 020 8677 8466
www.axel-rudi-pell.de
www.spv.de

December 15th 2015.


© Work Hard PR 2015


Axel Rudi Pell & Friends


*** ‘Magic Moments – 25th Anniversary Special Show’ 3CD / 3DVD / Blu-Ray Released April 27th on Steamhammer / SPV ***

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 15th 2016. ‘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.

‘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 25th Anniversary show (in front of 15,000 fans at the ‘Bang Your Head’ Festival in Germany), on July 11th 2014, 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.
Magical – Roland Hyams ­ roland@workhardpr.com 07768 156392 / 020 8677 8466
www.axel-rudi-pell.de
www.spv.de

March 5th 2015.


© Work Hard PR 2015


AXEL RUDI PELL


***“THE CREST’ DELUXE EDITION RELEASED JANUARY 17TH ON STEAMHAMMER / SPV***

Johnny Gioeli - Lead And Backing Vocals
Axel Rudi Pell - Lead, Rhythm, and Acoustic Guitars
Ferdy Doernberg - Keyboards
Volker Krawczak - Bass
Mike Terrana - Drums

“The brooding and mystical Pell of yore is back with a vengeance. To these ears, ‘The Crest’ is easily his best effort since ‘Shadow Zone’, possibly even since the magnificent ‘The Masquerade Ball’... and really, what more of a recommendation do you need than that?” (Dave Cockett, Fireworks, June / July 2010 issue).

“‘The Crest’ sees Axel getting a little heavier while retaining every bit of melody that he’s known for. Once again, Johnny Gioeli puts in a stunning performance. Following the dramatic intro piece, ‘Too Late’ rocks hard and ‘Devil Zone’ is slower and a little more epic. The whole album comes across as ten classic examples of everything that made Axel Rudi Pell popular in the first place: big hooks, classic riffs and fluid (and unpredictable) solos.” (Andrew Hawnt, Powerplay Magazine, June 2010 issue)

“There’s no messing about or foolish experimentation here, no sir, just straight down the line melodic riffing and blistering solo after blistering solo, the genre standards helped no end by Johnny Gioeli’s fist-banging, leather-lunged vocals. Pell’s playing is, as ever, superlative and the production crisp and powerful.” (Essi Berellian, Classic Rock, July 2010 issue.)

To celebrate the success of German Heavy Metal Guitar Wizard Axel Rudi Pell’s latest studio album, ‘The Crest’, (released in April 2010), which charted high in the national album charts of Germany, Finland, Switzerland and Sweden, SPV / Steamhammer Records will re-release it as a deluxe edition on January 17th 2011.

‘The Crest’ Deluxe Edition includes a bonus track, ‘Dreaming Dead (Extended Version)’ plus a full live bonus CD with over 70 minutes playing time, recorded at the Rock Of Ages Festival on July 31st 2009, a new cover and a new booklet with unseen photos and liner notes. All this comes in a high class double digipak case for a reasonable price.

Deluxe Surf – Roland Hyams ­ roland@workhardpr.com 07768 156392 / 020 8677 8466
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www.spv.de

December 13th 2010.


© Work Hard PR 2010


AXEL RUDI PELL


***BRAND NEW "THE CREST' STUDIO ALBUM RELEASED APRIL 26TH ON STEAMHAMMER / SPV***

Johnny Gioeli - Lead And Backing Vocals
Axel Rudi Pell - Lead, Rhythm, and Acoustic Guitars
Ferdy Doernberg - Keyboards
Volker Krawczak - Bass
Mike Terrana - Drums



Exceptionally talented German Heavy Metal Guitar Wizard Axel Rudi Pell, who has been at the forefront of the European melodic metal scene for nigh on three decades now, is set to release his brand new album, 'The Crest' on SPV/Steamhammer on April 26th.

'The Crest', Axel Rudi Pell's 13th studio LP, is a gloriously traditional hard rocking metal album, containing ten deeply melodic, classic rock compositions, on which American Vocalist Johnny Gioeli's powerful, compelling vocals intertwine perfectly with Axel's nimble, fluid fretwork.

"'The Crest' sounds absolutely typical of me and my band. In a way, the new tracks mark a return to our roots. And I'm proud to say that there isn't one double bass number !" comments Pell, noting the current trend in metal of bands increasingly relying on drum arrangements which adapt to the melody of the song; one of his long standing song-writing trademarks.

Axel Rudi Pell took care of production himself ­ for the first time ­ on The 'Crest', when he, bassist Volker Krawczak, keybord player Ferdy Doernberg and drummer Mike Terrana recorded the album at W.A.T. studios in Bochum between November 2009 and January 2010. Pell worked on the vocals in great detail with singer Gioeli via Skype before Johnny recorded his vocals in the US. The album was mixed, as usual, by Charlie Bauerfeind at the Mi Sueno Studios in Tenerife and at the Blind Guardian's Twilight Hall Studios in Grefrath, Germany.

Commenting on the obviously magic musical chemistry between himself and Johnny, Pell says that "Naturally, I came up with main features of the melody and lyrics, but I'd be ill-advised if I didn't listen to Johnny's suggestions", continuing "There's real teamwork in our band."

While each and every one of the ten tracks on this consummate album stand out in their own right, mention should be made of particular highlights, such as the eight minute 'Dark Waves Of The Sea (Oceans Of Time Part II: The Dark Side)', the ballad 'Glory Night', and the instrumental 'Nobless Oblige (Opus #5 Adagio Contabile)'.

HISTORY

Axel Rudi Pell was born on 27 June 1960 in Bochum, Germany. Having spent his first eleven years listening to children's and chart music, the discovery of Ritchie Blackmore and Deep Purple irrevocably changed his life in 1971. This self-educated guitarist soon became a sought-after instrumentalist on the local music scene before he formed his first group, Steeler, in 1981. Steeler sold over 30,000 copies of their commercially most successful release, Strike Back, and brought out their fourth and final album, Undercover Animal, in 1988. Pell then formed his own band with Jörg Deisinger (ex-Bonfire), drummer Jörg Michael, bassist Thomas Smuszynski (ex-U.D.O.) and US vocalist, Charlie Huhn (Ted Nugent, Gary Moore, Victory). Their debut album, Wild Obsessions, arrived in the stores a year later, followed by Nasty Reputation, for whom Pell enlisted the American singer, Rob Rock (M.A.R.S, Impellitteri), who was then replaced during the subsequent German tour by former Malmsteen vocalist, Jeff Scott Soto. With Soto as a new member, the third album, Eternal Prisoner (1992), was undeniable proof that the band had found their own, unmistakable sound. A year later, Pell brought out The Ballads, an album featuring his most accomplished rock ballads. With Between The Walls (1994) and the live recording, Made In Germany, (1995) Pell stuck with his traditional style even in the post-grunge era. The subsequent Black Moon Pyramid (1996) was the second Pell album in succession to make it into the German album charts, as have all subsequent albums.

Following the departure of Jeff Scott Soto at the end of 1997, US vocalist Johnny Gioeli (ex-Hardline) joined the Axel Rudi Pell band and recorded Oceans Of Time, (1998) the commercially most successful album at that time by the Axel Rudi Pell band. Johnny's crystal clear vocals have subsequently enhanced all ARP albums to date including The Ballads II in 1999, Masquerade Ball in 2000, Shadow Zone in 2002, Kings & Queens in 2004, Mystica in 2006, Diamonds Unlocked in 2007, Tales Of The Crown in 2008 and now The Crest in 2010.

1st March 2010.

Surfing – Roland Hyams ­ roland@workhardpr.com 07768 156392 / 020 8677 8466
www.axel-rudi-pell.de
www.spv.de

March 1st 2010.


© Work Hard PR 2010


AXEL RUDI PELL


***NEW "ONE NIGHT LIVE" DVD RELEASED MARCH 8TH ON STEAMHAMMER/SPV***

Johnny Gioeli - Lead And Backing Vocals
Axel Rudi Pell - Lead, Rhythm, and Acoustic Guitars
Ferdy Doernberg - Keyboards
Volker Krawczak - Bass
Mike Terrana - Drums

Highly accomplished German Heavy Metal Guitar Wizard Axel Rudi Pell, who has been an integral part of the German melodic metal scene for over a quarter of a century, is set to release a brand new 'One Night Live' DVD on SPV/Steamhammer on March 8th.

Filmed with ten cameras and recorded in front of 5,000 fans at the 'Rock Of Ages' Festival at Rottenburg in Germany on July 31st 2009, 'One Night Live' contains a full live concert performance with over 80 minutes playing time.

'One Night Live' captures the Axel Rudi Pell band at absolute peak performance, complemented by an incredible light show, filmed as the sun went down on a balmy summer evening.

Axel states "This is an absolutely true and authentic live recording as it happened on that day with all mistakes and 'blue' notes. No Overdubs guaranteed."

'One Night Live' is an absolute 'must have' for every Axel Rudi Pell fan, and an excellent introduction to all fans of classic melodic hard rock to this incredibly talented guitarist and his consummate band.

***NEW STUDIO ALBUM' THE CREST' RELEASED APRIL 26TH***

Axel Rudi Pell has now signed a brand new long term worldwide record deal with SPV / Steamhammer, who will release his new studio album 'The Crest' on April 26th. SPV have released all twenty of his previous albums since his debut offering, 'Wild Obsession' came out in 1989.

ARPing – Roland Hyams ­ roland@workhardpr.com 07768 156392 / 020 8677 8466
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www.spv.de

February 12th 2010.


© Work Hard PR 2010


AXEL RUDI PELL


***Brand new 'Mystica' album out September 25th, Live @ Derby Bloodstock Festival 29th September***

Johnny Gioeli - Lead And Backing Vocals
Axel Rudi Pell - Lead, Rhythm, and Acoustic Guitars
Ferdy Doernberg - Keyboards
Volker Krawczak - Bass
Mike Terrana - Drums And Percussion


Highly accomplished German Heavy Metal Guitar Wizard Axel Rudi Pell, who has been an integral part of the German melodic metal scene for over 25 years, is set to release his eleventh studio album, 'Mystica', on SPV Records on September 25th, 4 days prior to his band's first ever live appearance in the UK at Derby's Bloodstock Festival Sept. 29th.

Axel Rudi Pell doesn't deny such role models as Richie Blackmore or Jimi Hendrix but breathes new life into this classic melodic hard rock style - never more so than on 'Mystica', a brilliant modern speed/ power metal album bursting at the seams with soaring, melodic metal anthems.

"It was a conscious decision not to try out something completely new in stylistic terms" says Pell, continuing "We have our own style, but on 'Mystica' we sound even more homogenous and musically coherent". On top of that, Pell has continued to grow as a guitarist. "I think my extensive experience has had a positive effect on my musical style. The solos on the new numbers sound even a touch more emotional."

Axel Rudi Pell was born on 27 June 1960 in Bochum, Germany. Having spent his first eleven years listening to children's and chart music, the discovery of Ritchie Blackmore and Deep Purple irrevocably changed his life in 1971. This self-educated guitarist soon became a sought-after instrumentalist on the local music scene before he formed his first group, Steeler, in 1981. Steeler sold over 30,000 copies of their commercially most successful release, Strike Back, and brought out their fourth and final album, Undercover Animal, in 1988.

Pell then formed his own band with Jörg Deisinger (ex-Bonfire), drummer Jörg Michael, bassist Thomas Smuszynski (ex-U.D.O.) and US vocalist, Charlie Huhn (Ted Nugent, Gary Moore, Victory). Their debut album, Wild Obsessions, arrived in the stores a year later, followed by Nasty Reputation, for whom Pell enlisted the American singer, Rob Rock (M.A.R.S, Impellitteri), who was then replaced during the subsequent German tour by former Malmsteen vocalist, Jeff Scott Soto. With Soto as a new member, the third album, Eternal Prisoner (1992), was undeniable proof that the band had found their own, unmistakable sound.

A year later, Pell brought out The Ballads, an album featuring his most accomplished rock ballads. With Between The Walls (1994) and the live recording, Made In Germany, (1995) Pell stuck with his traditional style even in the post-grunge era. The subsequent Black Moon Pyramid (1996) was the second Pell album in succession to make the German album charts, as did Pell's eighth offering, Magic, in 1997. Following the departure of Jeff Scott Soto at the end of 1997, US vocalist Johnny Gioeli (ex-Hardline) joined the Axel Rudi Pell band and recorded Oceans Of Time, (1998) the commercially most successful album at that time by the Axel Rudi Pell band. Johnny's crystal clear vocals have subsequently enhanced all ARP albums to date including The Ballads II in 1999, Masquerade Ball in 2000, Shadow Zone in 2002, Kings & Queens in 2004, and now Mystica in 2006.
Mystic – Roland Hyams ­ roland@workhardpr.com 07768 156392 / 020 8677 8466
www.axel-rudi-pell.de
www.spv.de

September 5th 2006.


© Work Hard PR 2006





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