Mystica cd cover

Pell, Axel Rudi


I find this hard to say in a positive way, but I mean it as a good thing: this cd is just like his last two. I can't think of another artist except maybe Yngwie, who has stuck so closely to a formula. I suppose there is something to be said for evolving, but he writes good songs, his guitar tone and technique are fantastic and who's going to argue with Gieoli's voice? It's a good formula. Odds are, if he changed something, it wouldn't be an improvement. If he can keep cranking out good songs in the same vein, more power to him. So he might not be evolving. So what? Evolving is overrated. Queensryche evolved and look what happened to them. Axel has "honed." He has "refined." And when you're good at what you do, that's just as good. If it ain't broke, don't fix it! Keep up the good work Axel. --Scott

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Track Listing

  1. The Mysterious Return (intro)
  2. Fly to the Moon
  3. Rock the Nation
  4. Valley of Sin
  5. Living A Lie
  6. No Chance to Live
  7. Mystica
  8. Haunted Castle Serenade
    (Opus #4 grazioso e agresso)
  9. Losing the Game
  10. The Curse of the Damned


VOCALS: Johnny Gioeli
GUITAR: Axel Rudi Pell
BASS: Volker Krawczak
DRUMS: Mike Terrana
KEYBOARDS: Ferdy Doernberg


LABEL: Steamhammer - SPV
PRODUCED BY: Axel Rudi Pell
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