|Review: Axel Rudi Pell - Knights Call|
Year released: 2018
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: July 12, 2018
Reviewed by: Bruno Medeiros
Valiant as ever, Axel Rudi Pell and his loyal friends are back with album number 17 (not counting Diamonds Unlocked (2007), which is a cover record) and, well, it's what we would expect an ARP album to be. Like AC/DC or Motörhead, the German guitar hero insists on the same melodies, songwriting and construction, but as charming as this may be – and it worked for a long time for the band – since Into the Storm (2014) Axel seems to be stuck with the wrong passages to recycle. This is especially harmful when talking about 58 minutes of the same mid-tempo "Rock 'n' Roll is alive" and "that atmospheric ballad" sort of songs. Some tracks are very interesting and fun, like "The Wild and the Young" and the theatrical closer "Tower of Babylon", but the whole experience feels haunted by mediocre moments and safe playing.
Axel needs to reinvent himself rather than do the same thing over and over again, which has become saturated and extremely annoying at times, especially when you're hearing a song for the first time but already know that the bridge will lead to the same drum turnaround done a thousand times before, or that track number "x" will be an 8-minute ballad. It's an OK album if you're a hardcore fan of these dudes, but underwhelming otherwise.
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