Axel Rudi Pell – Knights Call

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Reviewed: July 2018
Released: March 23rd, 2018 / Steamhammer/SPV
Rating: 3.5 / 5.0
Reviewer: John Haseltine

It’s hard to say whether or not many of you know the man Axel Rudi Pell let alone his contributions to the music world over the past 30 years. And then there are a lot of you out there that may be thinking, ‘how do you not know Axel Rudi Pell?’

I was first introduced to the band in the mid-2000’s. Dubbed as a guitar-wizard in the world of metal, that was something I really didn’t see myself with what I was listening to at the time. I only say this due to some of the many albums I listened to. It’s not that with the slower material the music wasn’t any good, but when given that sort of moniker, as a music fan you’d expect something a little different.
With that being said, I have not closely followed the music by ARP, I’d say a bit more loosely. I do however own a few releases. A couple through being a reviewer and a couple I have purchased. ARP’s brand of AOR / heavy metal is not necessarily a genre that I am a huge fan of per say, but I do enjoy listening to a great band even if it is a bit on the lighter side of the spectrum.

ARP has a style of music that has won over many fans all over the world. Say what you will about the consistency and familiarity from one release to the next, but when you have a winner, stick with it! I have read in reviews in the past and present where some may state that as a bad thing. It has worked for many bands out there and after 30 years, 17 studio albums and worldwide touring, yeah, it works here too.

So it is an album that is no doubt filled with the signature Axel Rudi Pell sound. AOR to perfection. A fairly moderate tempo runs throughout with a couple of more hard rocking tracks which include, “The Wild And The Young”, “Long Live Rock”, and “Slaves On The Run”.

Axel Rudi Pell once again delivers a superb album of original music. Sure, the formula may be running along the same course as with releases in the past but if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.


1. The Medieval Overture
2. The Wild and the Young
3. Wildest Dreams
4. Long Live Rock
5. The Crusaders of Doom
6. Truth and Lies
7. Beyond the Light
8. Slaves on the Run
9. Follow the Sun
10. Tower of Babylon

Axel Rudi Pell – Guitar
Johnny Gioeli – Vocals
Ferdy Doernberg – Keyboards
Volker Krawczak – Bass
Bobby Rondinelli – Drums