Rating:
9.0
Axel Rudi Pell - Magic
1997


01. Swamp Castle Overture
02. Nightmare
03. Playing With Fire
04. Magic
05. Turned To Stone
06. The Clown Is Dead
07. Prisoners Of The Sea
08. Light In The Sky
09. The Eyes Of The Lost


Axel Rudi Pell seems to be somewhat of an "unsung hero" in the eyes of many people - the people that know his music, even though he would say otherwise himself, as he is a very modest person.
His solo band going now for over seventeen years and still seems to be somewhat unknown to many metallers.

Axel Rudi Pell doesn't play the most technical and complicated music ever. (Even though some is rather complicated) His style is more of one with a very strong melody and quite traditional and mature sounding.

"Magic" is Axel Rudi Pell's sixth studio album and is the last album before ex-Yngwie Malmsteen singer Jeff Scott Soto left the band after singing on the last four studio albums.

The album starts in true Axel Rudi Pell fashion with an introduction track and then gallops into the usual fast-paced opening song. On this album the fast-paced opener is the catchy "Nightmare" which is a perfect example of the faster side the band has, and also includes one of Axel Rudi Pell's many absolutely fantastic guitar solos.

This album has way more faster paced songs on it then any other Axel Rudi Pell album as you start to realise when faced with "Playing With Fire" next. "Nightmare" "Playing With Fire" "Turned To Stone" "Prisoners Of The Sea" and "Light The Sky" are all faster-paced songs, which is rather different for Axel Rudi Pell as all of his other albums are more ballad driven.

The album does have its ballads though, most notably the twelve-plus minute and Axel Rudi Pell favourite "The Clown Is Dead" which shows off some of his more elegant guitar playing and also Jeff's impressive singing.

This is probably Axel Rudi Pell's most accessible album, so if anyone that is not familiar with this guitar wizard's music then this is a good place to start. This album contains plenty of highly catchy songs and still with all the melody and beauty like all of his other efforts. I highly recommend to all!

Performance: 9
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 8
Production: 9


Band profile: Axel Rudi Pell
Album: Magic


 


written by Baz Anderson | 12.11.2006


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Baz Anderson - 12.11.2006 at 02:33  
second review - please be sure to let me know what you think!
thanks!
Bas - 15.11.2006 at 19:39  
i greatly agree with the opening line, Axel Rudi Pell is indeed an underrated and often forgotten guitar hero. no his playing is not as good as that of Yngwie Malmsteen, but i like Axel better, a lot.

the only album i know, Mystica, is mostly very slow, i'll gladly give this a chance though. i'm sure Axel wont disappoint me after seeing his awesome live show
Baz Anderson - 15.11.2006 at 19:42  
no, none of his albums would disappoint (im glad to say i have all of them haha)
'Mystica' is probably the 'slowest' album, that one doesnt really have any faster songs on it at all - so head for 'Magic' if you want to hear something different to that
his first album and second album are not as complex as the stuff after them, but they are still great to listen to. the first track on his first album drags you in - and thats the same with everything his has done in my opinion
Bas - 15.11.2006 at 19:58  
hm, so it'd be from slowest to fastest then, oh well, looking forward to hearing it
Baz Anderson - 15.11.2006 at 20:02  
yep, from 'Mystica' to 'Magic'
if you are getting more Axel Rudi Pell albums, i would recommend all of them from 1996 onwards most
'Black Mood Pyramid' and 'Magic' are the last with Jeff singing but i think they are the best with him - and after him with Johnny singing i think all albums are fantastic!!
'Kings And Queens' is probably my favorite Axel Rudi Pell album although it is hard to say

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