Same old, same old. The review of a new Axel Rudi Pell album doesn’t necessarily need too much longer than that.

OK, it might be a good thing to go a bit more in depth when it comes to ‘Lost XXIII’. Axel Rudi Pell is already since more than thirty years a well-known name in heavy metal. The blonde guitarist found his formula of success rather quickly. After having been a member of Steeler with whom he released two excellent longplayers, the German axe wizard started into his solo career in 1989. ‘Wild Obsession’ was the glorious debut, unleashed in 1989, and since then, Axel Rudi Pell launched many longplayers.

Inspired by legendary Richie Blackmore, the axeman from Bochum, Germany found the sweetspot of classic rock, metal and melody. The way he combines these elements is a key element for his sound. What gave the songs and records stability too is a line-up that didn’t face a lot of changes over the last 20 plus years. One of these continuity-giving positions is the frontman. The onboarding of Johnny Gioeli in 1998 was one of the key moments with long-time keyboarder Ferdy Doernberg joining at the same time too.

‘Lost XXIII’ sounds like well-oiled hardrock engine that runs on full steam. The powerful ‘Survive’ was the first song that has been revealed and reflects all Axel Rudi Pell stands for. There is no way to not be caught by hooks and melody. The song sticks to one’s mind without being a cliché-loaded hardrocker. There are more of these snappy rock anthems, like ‘The Rise of Ankhoor’ with the excellent keyboard parts by Doernberg. The anthemic ‘Down on the Streets’ and the heavy pounding ‘Freight Train’, they are all 100% Axel Rudi Pell songs with class.

And not to forget the epic moments, starting calm and evolving to a melodically rocking hymn, songs like ‘Gone With the Wind’. And in case you wonder if there is a ballad too; of course. The piano-introduced ‘Fly With Me’ is the heart-warming moment on this longplayer.

‘Lost XXIII’ is a typical Axel Rudi Pell album that reflects everything the band stands for. Expectations are met and fans can easily go for this album.

Rating: 8 out of 10.


  1. Lost XXIII Prequel (Intro)
  2. Survive
  3. No Compromise
  4. Down On the Streets
  5. Gone With the Wind
  6. Freight Train
  7. Follow The Beast
  8. Fly With Me
  9. The Rise of Ankhoor
  10. Lost XXIII
  11. Quarantined 1 (Bonus Track CD Digipak)

Label: Steamhammer

Genre: Hard Rock

Release Date EU: April 15th, 2022



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