CD review AXEL RUDI PELL 'Sign of the Times'

Consistency is a virtue in fast changing and dynamic times. One of these anchor points, at least when it comes to Rock music, is Axel Rudi Pell. The German guitarist found his success formula many years ago and sticks to it since more than 30 years.

Also the newest longplayer ‘Sign of the Times’ isn’t deviating from this path of success and in this sense the blonde axeman delivers with 100% to expectations.

Typical Axel Rudi Pell songs, like the uptempo rocker ‘Gunfire’, deliver to the point. The heart-rending moments are represented by tunes like ‘As Blind As a Fool Can Be’, a typical Pell-power-ballad with a lot of feel and excessive solo parts.

‘Wings of the Storm’ reflects Pell’s fascination for Classic Rock from the ’70s, a song inspired by the good old Deep Purple & Co.. All this is what you expect from a new album penned by the axeman, but the record also offers a surprise.

‘Living in a Dream’ is the second to last song on this longplayer and grooving Reggae is for sure not what you could foresee. The light-hearted swing that leads-off this song is a cool distraction and moment of surprise. It fits though very well to the rest of the longplayer and after one minute the typical Axel Rudi Pell trademarks gain momentum again. However, it’s these little twists being an extra spark to ignite the Hard Rock fireworks.

Axel Rudi Pell and bandmates stick with ‘Sign of the Times’ to their roots. The guitarist continues walking safely on the roads of Classic Rock that leans over to Melodic Metal once in a while. Expectations fulfilled.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. The Black Serenade (Intro)
  2. Gunfire
  3. Bad Reputation
  4. Sign of the Times
  5. The End of the Line
  6. As Blind As a Fool Can Be
  7. Wings of the Storm
  8. Waiting of the Storm
  9. Living in a Dream
  10. Into the Fire

Label: Steamhammer

Genre: Hard Rock

Release Date EU: May 8th, 2020

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