(8/10) Let's try to write a review about the new Axel Rudi Pell album without using the words 'Ritchie Blackmore', Rainbow' and 'Deep Purple'. It's almost a mission impossible since the iconic guitarist from Germany is so much inspired by those bands and musicians.
However, the new album doesn't include a cover version of the above mentioned. This time it's another guitar hero that has been covered on "Game of Sins". "All Along the Watchtower" became the closer on the new studio album and it's a really good version of the Bob Dylan/Jimi Hendrixbrock classic. Pell added his style as an extra layer to the tune by still paying a lot of respect to the original. I couldn't think about a much better interpretation of such a hymn.
But let's start from the beginning. After having listened to "Lenta Fortuna", a sailor bar-like intro, "Fire" is the first real track and one thing is confirmed already by this tune: Nothing changed with ARP's sound.
For some other bands such a standstill would mean actually a step back. Not when it comes to the guitarist from Bochum, Germany. Pell developed his sound already years ago and he finetunes it with each release.
Next to his excellent guitar play Pell found with Johnny Gioeli a singer that is a perfect match, and not to forget the other guys in the band. The line-up is very stable over the last years which makes the band sound tight and spot-on. ARP music stands like a rock, regardless if on the new album or live on stage.
"Game of Sins" is the bands sixteen's studio album and again it's filled with real headbangers - ten in total (plus the mentioned intro). Regardless if you listen to "Sons of the Night" with lyrics being inspired by 'Sons of Anarchy', the silent "Lost in Love" or the outstanding "The King of Fools" - each of the tracks is a musical tidbit for fans of true and real German metal.
I also want to mention the title track in this review, because it is one of the real highlights on "Game of Sins". It starts acoustic with some choir samples. After a few seconds Axel Rudi Pell's guitar introduces the first riff; accompanied by Rondinelli's heavy drum beat. The tune is a melodic eight-minutes riff monster build on a great melody and hooks in perfection. And last but not least it's the partly oriental solo part in the middle that is the pepperoni on this musical masterpiece.
Axel Rudi Pell never disappointed his fans and each of the sixteen long players is a highlight in itself. I think that one part of this success is the authentic approach to life and music. Here we are talking about passion for music without any creed for success.
Let's gamble the game of sins on the record players.
- Lenta Fortune (Intro)
- Sons of the Night
- Game of Sins
- Falling Star
- Lost in Love
- The King of Fools
- Till the World Says Goodbye
- Breaking the Rules
- Forever Free
- All long the Watchtower
Genre: Heavy Metal
Release Date EU: January 15th, 2016