Axel Rudi Pell – “The Ballads IV”

Axel Rudi Pell
“The Ballads IV”
(Steamhammer / SPV)

The ballad meister bar none, it’s been 7 long years since ARP graced us with his last compilation of tear jerking, babe crooning and man sized tear ballads. Where others might cringe, ARP unashamedly adds acoustics like he does on the cover of Kiss’s ‘Love Gun’ and his personal piano tribute to Dio on ‘Holy Diver’. It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, especially on the Phil Collins ‘In The Air Tonight’ or Leonard Cohen cover of ‘Hallelujah’, but elsewhere on his own material like ‘No Chance To Live’ he shows us his song writing prowess and his once lofty ambitions to become the next guitar god of metal. Loathed by some, unknown to more but undoubtedly loved by many others as judging by his 1.5 million album sales and the sheer number of guest musicians that have collaborated with him over the years, he remains out there, soldiering as he did since those early 80s days of Steeler, carving what he may in his single minded quest to put the melody into metal.

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