The ninth full-length studio album by the legendary German Hard Rock/Heavy/Power Metal band.
Here comes Axel again with their new album and the story that follow some part of a trilogy started in "The Masquerade Ball".
This disc starts feeling a lot like Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" era. However, after the opening instrumental cut is ended, crunchy, high-energy Metal becomes the true order of business here. The band manages to take that style, merge it with some of the Neo-Classical Metallic leanings of many modern Euro-Metal bands, and infuse it with a more Bluesy emotional tone - to great results.
Fast songs on it are "Edge Of The World", "Follow The Sign" and "Saint Of Fools", and all of these three are once again done really well by the band, but "Edge Of The World" is hell of a fast song. The drums by Mike Terrana are real fast and everything on it makes it for their opening track in their tour around in Europe.
The zone of ballads arrive with the epic "Live For The King" and goes with two other amazing ballads, romance lyrically "All The Rest Of My Life" and "Heartbreaker" with great keyboards done by one of the best keyboardists out there, Ferdy Doernberg.
Band sound just a bit like UFO at times, but really have a sound all their own. They even manage to pull off the fantasy lyrics and semi-symphonic arrangements with dignity and integrity. That's no small feat.
The production is perfect. Axel Rudi Pell has taken his band into the 21 century well done, combining 80 tradtional with melodic style of Metal. There is also a lot of blend with keyboards and extra sounds, which once again Axel Rudi Pell does 100% perfect; everything blends nice together! This album is a lot different from any of the past albums. It's not really a bad thing, or really a good thing. But it shows that this band still has kicks and will continue to have kicks for quite some time!!
Steamhammer/SPV, 2002 (SPV 085-74072 CD). Made in Germany. First press.
1. The Curse Of The Chains (Intro) 1:26
2. Edge Of The World 5:17
3. Coming Home 7:01
4. Live For The King 8:13
5. All The Rest Of My Life 8:03
6. Follow The Sign 4:28
7. Time Of The Truth 8:18
8. Heartbreaker 6:41
9. Saint Of Fools 4:58
10. Under The Gun 6:48
Total playing time: 61:13 min.