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AXEL RUDI PELL - Knights Call
(Steamhammer, 23 Mar 2018)
By Wojtek Gabriel, posted 6 Aug 2018
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Axel Rudi Pell Knights Call cover
The German guitar virtuoso Axel Rudi Pell's second name should be "Swiss Watch". With the consistency of a finest quartz mechanism, he's been putting out a new studio album every two years for the last two decades and what's most important, he's never compromised on quality. Of course, you always know exactly how the next album will sound like, but even though "Knights Call" couldn't be a more typical ARP release, it definitely does not disappoint. Axel doesn't seem to like the double-bass gallops anymore, so the songs are mostly mid-tempo numbers (the opener "The Wild and the Young" may be a good example), with some monumental epic tracks ("The Crusaders of Doom" and "Tower of Babylon") and a mandatory ballad ("Beyond the Light") thrown into the mix and yes, the guy still knows how to write his hookline. Seemingly effortlessly, he came up with a set of eight anthemic choruses and you even start humming the catchier-than-herpes lead guitar line of the instrumental number "Truth and Lies" very quickly. Supported by a team of amazing, seasoned musicians and one of the best shouters he could ever find in Johnny Gioeli, maestro Pell takes us on a more than enjoyable ride once again, pleasing our ears with the familiar, warm, Malmsteen-ish/Blackmore-ish sounds of his Fender Stratocaster. Plus, the good guys who help the musicians pay their bills by buying physical products, can expect the usual fantasy inspired cover artwork, that nicely complements the music. I would probably rank "Knights Call" a bit lower than such masterpieces as "The Masquerade Ball" or "Magic", but "Knight Call" is still a rock-solid effort from the ARP team. And that's exactly what we expected, didn't we?
Rating: 8

Written by Wojtek Gabriel

Official ARP website: www.axel-rudi-pell.de
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Tags: Axel Rudi Pell, Knights Call, heavy metal
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