Axel Rudi Pell Debuts First Single From Upcoming ‘Circle Of The Oath’

Axel Rudi Pell Debuts First Single From Upcoming ‘Circle Of The Oath’

February 19, 2012

Axel Rudi Pell’s ‘Circle Of The Oath’ will be released in March, and the first single from the album, “Run With The Wind” is now streaming online.

‘Circle Of The Oath’ is being released by SPV/Steamhammer and will hit stores on March 23rd in Germany, March 26th in Europe and March 27th in North America. Joining the seasoned guitarist on this release are Johnny Gioeli (vocals), Volker Krawczak (bass), Mike Terrana (drums) and Ferdy Doernberg (keyboards).

Axel Rudi Pell’s career began in 1980 with the band, Steeler, who sold over 30,000 copies of their commercially most successful release, ‘Strike Back’, and brought out their fourth and final album, ‘Undercover Animal’, in 1988. In November of that year, Pell formed his own group together with Jorg Deisinger (ex-Bonfire), drummer Jorg Michael, bassist Thomas Smuszynski (ex-U.D.O.) and the American vocalist, Charlie Huhn (Ted Nugent, Gary Moore, Victory). Their debut album, ‘Wild Obsessions’, arrived at the stores one year later, followed by ‘Nasty Reputation’, for whom Pell enlisted the American frontman, Rob Rock (M.A.R.S, Impellitteri), who was replaced during the subsequent German tour by former Malmsteen vocalist, Jeff Scott Soto.

With Soto as a new member, the third album, ‘Eternal Prisoner’ (1992), was undeniable proof that the band had found their own, unmistakable style. One year later, Pell brought out ‘The Ballads’, an album featuring his most accomplished rock ballads. With ‘Between The Walls’ (1994) and the live recording, ‘Made In Germany’, the guitarist from Bochum held on to his typical style even in the post-grunge era. The subsequent ‘Black Moon Pyramid’ (1996) was the second Pell album in succession to make the German album charts. 1997 saw the arrival of Pell’s eighth offering, ‘Magic’, featuring a thematically consistent concept based on supernatural stories. ‘Magic’ also entered the charts, followed by ‘Oceans Of Time’, the most commercially successful album at that time by the Axel Rudi Pell band, followed by the continuation of Pell’s ballad concept, ‘The Ballads II’, in 1999.

Following the departure of Jeff Scott Soto, Pell enlisted American vocalist Johnny Gioeli (ex-Hardline) for the production of ‘Oceans Of Time’, ‘The Ballads III’ and his 2000 release, ‘Masquerade Ball’. Gioeli’s characteristic voice also enhanced the subsequent releases, ‘Shadow Zone’ (2002) and ‘Kings & Queens’ (2004), as well as the highly accomplished ‘Mystica’ (2006) and the covers album, ‘Diamonds Unlocked’. ‘Tales Of The Crown’, 2008, surprised with a number of innovations and climbed to #41 on the German album charts. ‘The Crest’ in 2010 was set to repeat this triumphal march reaching high places in the charts of Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and Finland. 2011 saw the release of ‘The Ballads IV’ including the hit single “Hallelujah”.

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