The fifth full-length studio album by the legendary German Hard Rock/Heavy/Power Metal band.
For over 25 years, Axel Rudi Pell has counted as one of Germany’s most versatile guitarists. With over a dozen studio albums, he has a record of brilliant productions, loved by his fans and greeted with respect and praise by the press.
Axel Rudi Pell is a well-known virtuoso, alumni of Ritchie Blackmore's style. He started to make solo albums and only after a long time he managed to get an image of his own. Of course, his influences are clearly traceable. A bit of Sabbath, a lot of Purple and Rainbow, some bits of Dio and Judas Priest. But here after some goods ("Nasty Reputation", "Between The Walls") and not-so-goods ("Wild Obsession", "Eternal Prisoner") he actually became "Axel Rudi Pell" and not just another Blackmore-esque virtuoso shredding just for the sake of self-appraisal. A great thing in this album is precisely that it finally gave an identity to Axel Rudi Pell.
Another high point for this release is the exact amount of "Power" within the Metal. This album has that precise and magic touch. When we listen to other more successful bands in the mainstream Metal world, like Sonata Arctica or even late Stratovarius and their fully-made-of-synthesizers-and-keyboards tracks (with no riffs at all in some points) we understand how the heavy Metal can be shattered and get lost. Axel Rudi Pell shows us the other face of the Power Metal genre: the one with the riffs. The guitar's essence and brutality, mixed with talent and melodic behavior.
The riff is the essence, Axel Rudi Pell knows that, and, with riffs, he takes his victory at the end of this album, the finest he ever made. In "Black Moon Pyramid" ARP starts a legendary couple of follow-ups ("Magic" and "Oceans Of Time") which remains his magnum opus period.
This album is highly recommended for the people who wants to know how Power Metal should be made. If you want to survive in this business of Metal, you must have some talent and you need to know how to reflect yourself in an original way, respecting your own influence. Axel Rudi Pell figured this out and made a high shot! If Blackmore was his teacher, well, Axel learnt all the lessons. Masterfully!!
Steamhammer/SPV, 1996 (SPV 085-18282 CD). Made in Germany. Re-press.
1. Return Of The Pharaoh 1:47
2. Gettin' Dangerous 4:28
3. Fool Fool 5:21
4. Hole In The Sky 4:57
5. Touch The Rainbow 6:31
6. Sphinx' Revenge 3:38
7. You And I 4:22
8. Silent Angel 5:16
9. Black Moon Pyramid 9:55
10. Serenade Of Darkness (Opus #1 Adagio Con Agresso) 4:14
11. Visions In The Night 4:03
12. Aqua Solution 0:57
13. Aquarius Dance 4:17
14. Silent Angel (Guitars Version) 4:09
Total playing time: 63:55 min.