AXEL RUDI PELL To Release Sign Of The Times Album In April; Details Revealed
February 5, 2020, a year ago
The figures speak for themselves: more than 1.7 million albums sold worldwide, 2.6 million streams for the top 10 predecessor Knights Call (2018). Now Axel Rudi Pell is about to release Sign Of The Times, his 18th studio album in 31 years.
But quantity doesn't matter - it’s the quality that counts. His consistency enjoys more and more respect and appreciation within the hard & heavy community. Not every time, but with increasing frequency you hear the term ‘cult‘ when it comes to Axel Rudi Pell. Being the man that he is, he cannot rely on that idea, but "if someone is that successful over such a long period of time, he might as well deserve it.”
The 59-year-old knows what he’s capable of, he is still able to surprise himself, like on Sign Of The Times. "I don‘t know why, but this time I finished the songs at least a month ahead of my deadline.”
With the double bass assault "Gunfire", Pell has delivered the best opener of the last ten years or so; "Bad Reputation" is one straightforward melodic rocker; the mighty epic title track was created in a pretty unusual way during a sound check on the last tour; the up-tempo track "The End Of The Line" impresses with a long, but undisputedly catchy chorus, and the ballad "As Blind As A Fool Can Be" is as touching as ever.
But the second part of the album is the most interesting and surprising because Pell breaks with his own traditions several times: "Wings Of The Storm” is a modern-day homage to the Coverdale/Hughes-led line-up of Deep Purple, but delivered in Jimi Hendrix style. The intense "Waiting For Your Call" sees one of Gioeli’s best vocal performances, while the reggae intro on "Living In A Dream" left his bandmates in awe. "Into The Fire" ends the album in the typical, well-known epic Pell way, but is shorter than on the previous efforts. That is one of the differences: the solos are not over the top, but song-orientated and much more melodic, there is no hint of a lack of quality on the whole album.
And you can tell that Axel Rudi Pell is still able to surprise himself AND his fans. What more could you ask for when it comes to a decent birthday present? Axel Rudi Pell is turning 60 in June. There is no better way to celebrate life, right? Watch the sign of the times!
Sign Of The Times will be released on April 24 via SPV/Steamhammer in the following configurations:
- Ltd. DigiPak
- Jewel Case Clear Tray Edition
- 2LP Gatefold, 140 g, red vinyl with black swirls, printed inner sleeves
- 2LP Gatefold exclusive editions at EMP and Nuclear Blast
- Download / Streaming
- Ltd Boxset incl.: CD Digi, 2LP with different color, A1 Poster, Magnet, Sticker, A5 Photocard, Button and much more
- CD/LP Bundle with Shirt (Steamhammer shop exclusive)
"The Black Serenade" (Intro)
"Sign Of The Times"
"The End Of The Line"
"As Blind As A Fool Can Be"
"Wings Of The Storm"
"Waiting For Your Call"
"Living In A Dream"
"Into The Fire"
Johnny Gioeli - Lead and Backing Vocals
Axel Rudi Pell - Lead and Rhythm Guitars
Ferdy Doernberg - Keyboards
Volker Krawczak - Bass
Bobby Rondinelli - Drums
2 - Singen, Germany - Stadthalle
3 - Bergamo, Italy - Druso
4 - Munich, Germany - Backstage
5 - Bern, Switzerland - Bierhübeli
7 - Cologne, Germany - Essigfabrik
8 - Leipzig, Germany - Werk 2
9 - Drachten, Netherlands - Iduna
10 - Bochum, Germany - Zeche
12 - Berlin, Germany - Huxleys
13 - Hannover, Germany - Capitol
15 - Malmö, Sweden - KB
16 - Stockholm, Sweden - Fryshuset
17 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Pustervik
19 - Hamburg, Germany - Grosse Freiheit 36
20 - Langen, Germany - Neue Stadthalle
21 - Karlsruhe, Germany - Substage
22 - Saarbrücken, Germany - Garage
23 - Bochum, Germany - Zeche
15 - Bremen, Germany - Aladin
16 - Dresden, Germany - Tante Ju
17 - Zlin, Czech Republic - Masters Of Rock Cafe
18 - Budapest, Hungary - Barba Negra
20 - Vienna, Austria - Szene
21 - Nürnberg, Germany - Hirsch
23 - Memmingen, Germany - Kaminwerk
24 - Erfurt, Germany - Central
25 - Prague, Czech Republic - Meet Factory
27 - Aschaffenburg, Germany - Colos-Saal
28 - Stuttgart, Germany - LKA Longhorn
30 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
31 - Uden, Netherlands - De Pul
1 - Bochum, Germany - Zeche