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Axel Rudi Pell - Live On Fire Award winner

Axel Rudi Pell
Live On Fire
by Katarzyna Zakolska at 18 March 2013, 5:41 PM

AXEL RUDI PELL is a guitarist from Germany completing nearly 30 years in the business. Recently he, and his band, released another live album, “Live On Fire”, which was recorded in Cologne, Essigfabrik in October 18th 2012. “Live On Fire” is available in different formats: CD, DVD and LP.

I was a bit surprised by the chosen interlude, “The Guillotine Suite (Intro)”, yet as always with Rudi Pell, you can feel a true Rockin' atmosphere of Axel Rudi Pell's live gig, the hearts of the fans are about to pump really fast. The following “Ghost In Black” characterises the well-known guitar sound Rudi Pell and Mike Terrana's faster paced drums sums the picture that this is an Axel Rudi Pell performance heating up. I enjoyed the songs pompous heavy guitar riffs, crafty soloing and the support of Ferdy Doernberg's enchanting keys in the back. “Strong As A Rock” is one of my favourite songs of Rudi Pell inlayed with great riffs, impressive melodies and straight to the point lyrics. The rhythm section pretty well working and the catchy refrain will stick hard to your soul. There is almost nothing better than the soloing ventures of Axel Rudi Pell, grand bass play by Volker Krawczak and clear drums by Mike Terrana, joint together it is a festivity of 70s & 80s comeback. Johnny Gioeli has a very good voice, mild and strong, reminds me a little of DIO and other Hard Rock singers of the past, always keeping it close to the audience: “can you feel it? I love you guys”. Extended version has additional guitar riffs and sing-along with the fans. Also worth to listen is the medley “The Masquerade Ball / Casbah / Dreaming Dead / Whole Lotta Love / Dreaming Dead” with a magical atmosphere. Power & huge chorus of “Masquerade Ball”, then the melodic “Casbah” singing together with fans and amazing keys, “Whole Lotta Love“ of LED ZEPPELIN sounds bombastic. On another medley “Mystica / Mistreated / Mystica“, the performance of "Mistreated", a classic of DEEP PUPRLE, is well reserved. I like the stronger riffs on “Before I Die”, higher climate in “Oceans Of Time” and the similarity to WHITESNAKE on “Circle Of The Oath”. A fine solo / jam performance on "Keyboard Solo / Carousel / Jam / Carousel”, allowing you to experience the abilities of this group. “Fool Fool”, hailing from the middle, has great energies, fine rhythm guitars and definitive melodies, pure kick ass.

This is an Axel Rudi Pell live album, another piece of a wide collection, where the fans are heard and felt under a true atmosphere and an amazing music, melodic as it can get. I bet that every fan of AXEL RUDI PELL will listen with pleasure their new concert album but on the way collect new listeners.

4 Star Rating

CD 1
1. The Guillotine Suite (Intro)
2. Ghost In Black
3. Strong As A Rock
4. Before I Die
5. The Masquerade Ball / Casbah / Dreaming Dead / Whole Lotta Love/ Dreaming Dead
6. Drum Solo
7. Mystica/ Mistreated / Mystica

CD 2
1. Oceans Of Time
2. Circle Of The Oath
3. Fool Fool
4. Keyboard Solo / Carousel / Jam / Carousel
5. Tear Down The Walls / Nasty Reputation
6. Rock The Nation
Johnny Gioeli - Lead and Backing Vocals
Axel Rudi Pell - Lead, Rhythm and Acoustic Guitars
Ferdy Doernberg - Keyboards
Volker Krawczak - Bass
Mike Terrana - Drums
Record Label: SPV / Steamhammer Records


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