Axel Rudi Pell

Nasty Reputation Axel Rudi Pell-Nasty Reputation (SPV) 1991

1. "I Will Survive" (5:04)
2. "Nasty Reputation" (4:10)
3. "Fighting the Law" (3:22)
4. "Wanted Man" (3:50)
5. "When a Blind Man Cries" (4:38)
6. "Land of the Giants" (10:29)
7. "Firewall" (3:52)
8. "Unchain the Thunder" (3:32)
9. "Open Doors" -instrumental (7:56)

I swear that Rob Rock could sing over a busy signal on a phone and it would sound sweet. Rob just has one of those awesome, distinguished voices of metal that few can match. That is not to say that the music on this album is bad. On the contrary, it's quite good. Ex-Steeler guitarist Axel Rudi Pell is not only a competent and technical guitar player, but an excellent songwriter as well. Add to this the incredible voice of Rob Rock and you have one heck of a metal platter. Axel is another of a long list of bands that I get emails about telling me I should check out. Well, once I found out Rob Rock did the vocals on this album, I immediately began my search. At long last, I have this disc and because of it, I may need to investigate more of Axel's discs. This is one sweet cd!

Drummer Jörg Michael has also played with Rage and Headhunter, he also played on Grave Digger's comeback album "The Reaper" and the following tour, joined Running Wild for four albums, and today, he's a constant member of Stratovarius.

"When a Blind Man Cries" is a Deep Purple cover.

Between the Walls Axel Rudi Pell-Between the Walls (Steamhammer) 1994

1. "The Curse " (01:16)
2. "Talk Of The Guns " (4:52)
3. "Warrior" (5:12)
4. "Cry Of The Gypsy" (5:91)
5. "Casbah" (10:01)
6. "Outlaw" (3:59)
7. "Wishing Well" (04:01)
8. "Innocent Child" (6:26)
9. "Between The Walls" (4:05)
10. "Desert Fire" (3:08)

Yet another stellar melodic metal disc by shredmaster Axel Rudi Pell. This time around, ex-Malmsteen's Rising Force vocalist Jeff Scott Soto is behind the mic adding his own unique flare and flavor to the music. "Wishing Well," a song written by Paul Rodgers has been covered by several other artists including Blackfoot and Gary Moore. This song actually sticks out like a sore thumb on this disc. It's not that the band does a poor version, but it just seems unnecessary tucked between all the excellent melodic numbers like the epic "Casbah." Picked this disc up in a trade with a cd trader from Yugoslavia.

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