Axel Rudi Pell’s career began in 1980 with the band, Steeler, who 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. In November of that year, Pell formed his own group together with Jörg Deisinger (ex-Bonfire), drummer Jörg Michael, bassist Thomas Smuszynski (ex-U.D.O.) and the American vocalist, Charlie Huhn (Ted Nugent, Gary Moore, Victory). Their debut album, Wild Obsessions, arrived at the stores one year later, followed by Nasty Reputation, for whom Pell enlisted the American frontman, Rob Rock (M.A.R.S, Impellitteri), who was 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 style. One 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, the guitarist from Bochum held on to his typical 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. 1997 saw the arrival of Pell’s eighth offering, Magic, featuring a thematically consistent concept based on supernatural stories. Magic also entered the charts, followed by Oceans Of Time, the commercially most successful album at that time by the Axel Rudi Pell band, and the continuation of Pell’s ballad concept (The Ballads II, 1999).
German guitar hero Axel Rudi Pell will release his sixteenth studio album, "Game Of Sins" on January 15, 2016 (January 22 in the U.S.) through SPV/Steamhammer.
Not too long ago (a year or so) and while Axel Rudi Pell, was touring in support of his latest opus “Into the Storm”, the “25th Anniversary” of his came up and with it, the idea to celebrate the proceedings in a special way, so the stage was set, for a live performance at that years installation of “Bang Your Head” festival in Balingen/Germany, that was special and memorable for a variety of reasons. For the first time in absolutely ages, Axel, did perform a short four song set with his original band Steeler (not to be confused with the Ron Keel led American “Steeler” which also featured guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen) then a set that utilized as many of the studio singers as possible, was performed, with them, singing their “own” era’s material and finally a bunch of classic rock tracks were performed by the band enlisting the aid of some special guests/friends…
Axel Rudi Pell has been through it all, the rise of heavy metal in Germany during the mid 80s, it's fall from grace in the early 90s, and it's rather rapid and powerful rebirth in the late 90s. From beginning to end, he has never compromised his sound, his style, or the spirit of his music. Long after it was fashionable to play guitar like Ritchie Blackmore and write lyrics sounding like Ronnie Dio, ARP kept doing it, and never once did they falter in their quest to bring forth the magic and the majesty.
Despite having planned his career meticulously over the past 25 years or so, even in the camp of German hard rock master Axel Rudi Pell surprises cannot be ruled out: Before playing in front of a sold-out Cologne crowd on the second leg of his wildly successful "Circle Of The Oath" tour, the opportunity arose for taping the whole show, with cameras being all over. Well, Axel gave it a try. And that was a good move. Ten years after his last live album "Knights Live" (2002), you can — again — be a witness of a complete concert from the Bochum-based guitar virtuoso and his German-American all-star band. To round out the Axel Rudi Pell live package, the recording of the co-headlining gig at last year's Rock Of Ages festival was added to "Live On Fire", the name of his newest live oeuvre.
Axel Rudi Pell is one of the hardest working guitarists, and one of the most consistent, judging by 'Circle of the Oath,' his 15th album! And he's still backed by an extremely capable, experienced lineup: Johnny Gioeli (vocals), Ferdy Doernberg (keyboards), Volker Krawczak (bass) and Mike Terrana (drums).
Another 7 years passed by after the release of the The Ballads III. Seven years of writing, recording and collecting even more emotional and melancholic songs. To keep up the tradition, they decided to record 3 brand new tracks for this ballad compilation. Where The Wild Waters Flow is a composition in the true ARP ballad style. Holy Diver has been completely re-arranged and made a piano version out of it, featuring some orchestra strings, a cello and a clean and melodic guitar solo. Hallelujah is one of the best ballads around. Originally written and released by Leonard Cohen in 1984.
The Crest is the fourteenth album by German speed/power metal guitarist Axel Rudi Pell. On November 22, 2010, a deluxe edition of the Crest was released, which along with new artwork and additional photos and a 24-page booklet, also contains a second disc containing songs performed in the last Axel Rudi Pell DVD One Night Live, as well as an extended version of Dreaming Dead which has a longer guitar solo.