German guitarist Pell started out in Sinner and then Steeler back in 1981. He released three albums with Steeler before electing to go out on his own in 1988. His earlier solo albums had a strong Blackmore/Malmsteen influence, although over the years he's developed his own style, ranging from stunning rock ballads, as demonstrated with our featured track, to some really awesome hard rock anthems. Apparently sales of his albums haven't been as brisk as what one would imagine, given the man's incredible talent, and the main reason for that is that he is reluctant to tour, which is a shame, because his band, sometimes featuring the likes of Jeff Scott Soto, Jorg Michael and Mike Terrana, must be incredible to see live
Axel Rudi Pell
Axel Rudi Pell - Land of the Giants, from "Nasty Reputation" in 1991, the second album from this talented German guitarist. Pell was born in Bochum, Germany on 27 June 1960, and, as we've mentioned elsewhere in these pages, his first band of note was Steeler (previously Sinner). His Ritchie Blackmore influence was very apparent in his music, but he felt restricted in Steeler and, after having released three albums, he spilt the band and embarked on a solo carreer in 1989, releasing his debut album, '' Wild Obsession" in 1989. Drummers Mike Terrana and Jorg Michael, vocalists Jeff Scott Soto, Bob Rock, Charlie Huhn and Johnny Gioeli, bassist Volker Krawczak and keyboard players Ferdy Doernberg, Christian Wolff, Kai Raglewski and Julie Greaux have all featured with this guitar maestro since the early days to the present. He recently released a great double compilation CD called "The Wizards Chosen Few", which we reviewed in the new releases slot a few weeks back.
Question:(of The Dino Quiz number 195): Where is Axel Rudi Pell from - Germany, Sweden or Norway?
Prize: A copy of his most recent studio album, "The Masquerade Ball".
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Biography by MacKenzie Wilson
German guitarist Axel Rudi Pell
is one of heavy metal's
masterminds, thanks to his
spiraling playing techniques and
pinch-hitting riffs which
crafted Pell as a mainstay in
the hard rock genre for the
majority of the hair metal '80s.
His first band, Steeler, kicked
off a mild career in Europe
during the early part of the
decade, issuing three albums
(Steeler , Rulin' the
Earth , Strike Back
) prior to 1987's
Undercover Animal, which
signaled the beginning of Pell's
long-sought solo career. This
professional jaunt allowed Pell
to fully expose his riveting
playing power and collaborations
between he and other musicians.
His 1989 debut Wild Obsession
showcased ex-Steeler's bassist
Volker Krawczak and vocal charm
from Charlie Huhn, but 1991's
sophomore effort proved Pell's
determination. Nasty Reputation
was heavier, throttling with Rob
Rock on vocals and a definitive
stance for Pell to also breach
upon neo-classical influences.
Later albums such as Black Moon
Pyramid (1996) and Oceans of
Time (1998) were exquisitely
mastered, churning similar
sounds of Rainbow and Deep
Purple. Axel Rudi Pell proved
his single star status, almost
celebratory, like guitar wizard
Yngwie Malmsteen, throughout the
'90s as well, issuing a slew of
releases while remaining a chief
force among the German charts.
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