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Axel Rudi Pell
Game of Sins




Company: Steamhammer
Release: 2016
Genre: Power
Reviewer: Eric Compton

  • Another slab of quality German power posh



  • With album number seventeen I think Axel has clearly run out of ideas. He went on record and said that the fans felt that the drums weren’t solidified on the last few efforts and that ‘Game of Sins’ would fix that. I’d challenge the talented guitarist to improve not only the songwriting but also to be innovative enough to rise out of the 80s. Title track’s lyrics – “Game of Sins, We’re Out on the Road, Game of Sins, It’s Now or Never, Game of Sins…” How about opening cut “Fire”? “Fire, Lucifer’s Rising, Once you Get Trapped In, There is No Escape, Fire, No Compromising, Whatever you are Trying, Now it is Too Late, Fire!” I am forty years old with a kid, a mortgage and a homeowner’s association asking me to slide my trashcan to the left. Am I too old for these lyrics or too picky to enjoy the fantasy? It’s probably a little of both. The album is another slab of quality German power posh that revels in the hard rock traditionalism of the 80s while still being fantasy inspired without being overly technical. It’s heavy and recalls Sabbath’s ‘Headless Cross’ just like the last ten or twelve Pell records. Throw the new one on and grab a handful for your ongoing playlist. I did.



    About this Writer:
    Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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