Chuck Schuldiner Project

Monday, August 11, 2014

Axel Rudi Pell-Into the Storm

I look into the mirror, my face is hard, out of the glass stares the face of a guy who has to pay a fifty thousand dollar bill for something he's not quite sure he wants. Somewhere though, something stirs bright within me, I have a copy of the new deluxe edition of the latest Axel Rudi Pell record, Into the Storm, in my inbox, if that can't brighten my day I don't know what will. As is, it certainly seems like Axel Rudi Pell has managed to do it again, not only is the original content of Into the Storm top notch as we have come to expect from this great man, but the bonus content is enticing.

From the mournful guitar solo on the beginning of White Cats, you know that the bonus content of this record is delicious. The fact of the matter is that the extra material is complimenting a record that alrday proves that three decades into his career Axel Rudi Pell is still a metal lord. It's easy to feel the grooves when they've been derived from the mind of such an incredible talent as Pell. I'd also like to point out that Johnny Gioeli does an incredible job on vocals, his voice soars high and mighty, speaking to the all consuming power of this mans music. As he blares through tracks like the ten minute long epic Into the Storm or the progressive masterpiece Way to Mandalay you get a sense for the incredible power of this band as a cohesive unit. Gioeli stands tall with Pell allowing the band to reach its full potential.

I realize perhaps I can push that debt back, maybe there is a deeper understanding we can come too here. Axel Rudi Pell has guided me towards something greater, and I think that Into the Storm may very well be able to help you out too. this is the product of a man who understands not only the world he lives in, but the one he came from. Into the Storm is special because it connects, it leaves us feeling whole, as if all of the darkness around can not vanquish us. Though the night is dark and full of terrors, I know one thing, I can put my faith in Axel Rudi Pell's ax to guide me into the storm.

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