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Axel Rudi Pell

Formed: 1989
From: Bochum, Germany
Last Known Status: Active

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Watain Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2012

The organizers of Wacken Open Air, the largest heavy metal festival in Germany, have announced that Swedish black metal outfit Watain has been confirmed as the latest addition to next year's edition of the festival which is set to take place August 2nd - 4th in Wacken, Germany.

The lineup is now as follows:

Amon Amarth
Axel Rudi Pell
Cradle Of Filth
Endstille
Forbidden
Gamma Ray
Hammerfall
Henry Rollins (Spoken Word)
Ministry
Scorpions
Six Feet under
U.D.O.
Watain

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Six Feet Under And Endstille Confirmed For Wacken

The organisers of Germany's biggest heavy metal festival, Wacken Open Air, has announced that American death metal veterans Six Feet Under and German black metal outfit Endstille are the latest acts to be confirmed for next year's edition of the festival, which will take place in Wacken, germany from August 2nd - 4th.

The 2012 lineup is as shaping as follows:

Amon Amarth
Axel Rudi Pell
Cradle Of Filth
Endstille
Forbidden
Gamma Ray
Hammerfall
Ministry
Scorpions
Six Feet under
U.D.O.

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Two More Bands Confirmed For Wacken 2012

The organisers of Wacken Open Air, one of the biggest heavy metal festivals in Germany, has announced the addition of two more bands for next year's edition of the event. Bay Area thrash metal veterans Forbidden will be performing, as will German guitar virtuoso Axel Rudi Pell. The event will take place in Wacken from August 2nd - 4th 2012 and thus far includes the following bands:

Amon Amarth
Axel Rudi Pell
Cradle Of Filth
Forbidden
Gamma Ray
Hammerfall
Ministry
Scorpions
U.D.O.

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Axel Rudi Pell Reveals New Album Details

German guitarist Axel Rudi Pell has revealed details behind his forthcoming new album. The album, titled "The Ballads IV," is set to be released on September 26, 2011 through SPV/Steamhammer Records. You can view the album's track listing below.

1. Where The Wild Waters Flow (5:34) (new recording)
2. Holy Diver (4:49) (new recording)
3. Hallelujah (4:16) (new recording)
4. Northern Lights (6:22)
5. Noblesse Oblige (Opus #5 Adagio Contabile) (4:08)
6. Love Gun (4:03)
7. Glory Night (5:44)
8. In The Air Tonight (8:37)
9. Touching My Soul (6:32)
10. Like A Child Again (4:47)
11. No Chance To Live (6:17)
12. Haunted Castle Serenade (Opus #4 Grazioso E Agresso) (3:51)
13. The Curse Of The Damned (9:57)

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SPV/Steamhammer Re-Releasing Albums On Vinyl

SPV/Steamhammer are continuing their vinyl releases in North America with the impending releases of Axel Rudi Pell's "The Crest" on August 10th and Sodom's "Better Off Dead" on September 14th.

Axel Rudi Pell's "The Crest" is presented in as a double gatefold vinyl LP pressing including one bonus track titled "Snake Eyes (Live)." The track listing is as follows:

Side 1:
1. Prelude Of Doom (Intro)
2. Too Late
3. Devil Zone
4. Prisoner Of Love

Side 2:
1. Dreaming Dead
2. Glory Night

Side 3:
1. Dark Waves Of The Sea (Oceans Of Time Pt.II: The Dark Side)
2. Burning Rain
3. Noblesse Oblige (Opus #5 Adagio Contabile) More...

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Axel Rudi Pell Reveals New Album Details

AXEL RUDI PELL is preparing to release their branch new album, "The Crest." The album will be coming out on April 23rd in Germany and April 26th in the rest of Europe.

Here's the tracklisting for "The Crest":

Prelude Of Doom (Intro)
Too Late
Devil Zone
Prisoner Of Love
Dreaming Dead
Glory Night
Dark Waves Of The Sea (Oceans Of Time Pt. II: The Dark Side)
Burning Rain
Noblesse Oblige (Opus #5 Adagio Contabile)
The End Of Our Time

AXEL RUDI PELL will be touring with Freedom Call starting May 3, 2010.

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Axel Rudi Pell To Release New Album In October

German guitarist AXEL RUDI PELL has issued the following update:

"Just would like to let you know that we will enter the studio on April 20th to start recording the next CD. I completed the writing process for all songs and I'm very proud to tell you, that the next record will be awesome! It will feature 10 songs, runs approximately 60 minutes and has NO intro... hahaha...! Also there will be NO cover version on it. I'll keep you updated with some more info and photos during the next coupla months."

AXEL RUDI PELL's new album will be released by SPV in Germany on October 24 and in the rest of Europe on October 27. Release dates for other territories will be confirmed very soon.

Catch the band live at the Rock Of Ages and Wacken Open Air festivals during the summer. A headlining tour is planned for January 2009.

Stated Axel: "We tried to play some dates in the fall, but everybody seems to be on the road, so we decided to play our own tour a bit later."

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Axel Rudi Pell Reveal Complete Tracklist Of DVD

SPV Records will release guitarist Axel Rudi Pell's new double DVD, Live Over Europe, on February 22nd in Germany, February 25th throughout Europe and on a "to be determined" date in North America.

The complete tracklist is as follows:

DVD 1 - Rock Hard Festival (Gelsenkirchen, Germany - May 27th, 2007): 'Fly To The Moon', 'Strong As A Rock', 'The Masquerade Ball / Casbah', drum solo, 'Tear Down The Walls', 'Mystica', 'Rock The Nation', 'The Temple Of The King', 'Fool Fool', 'Call Her Princess'.

DVD 2 - Official Bootleg DVD:
-- Sweden Rock Festival, Sweden (June 12th, 2004): 'Tear Down The Walls', 'Strong As A Rock'
-- Bang Your Head Festival, Germany (June 24th, 2005): 'Fool Fool'
-- Z7 - Pratteln, Switzerland (June 6th, 2005): 'The Masquerade Ball / Casbah', 'Carousel' (incl. keyboard solo), 'The Temple Of The King', 'Call Her Princess'
-- Bloodstock Festival, UK (September 29th, 2006): 'Rock The Nation'
-- Wacken Open Air, Germany (August 6th, 2005): 'Strong As A Rock'
-- Zeche - Bochum, Germany (September 30th, 2006): 'Love Gun', 'Oceans Of Time'
-- Zeche - Bochum, Germany (October 1st, 2006): 'Fly To The Moon', 'Mystica', 'Haunted Castle Serenade', 'Rock The Nation'
-- Graspop Metal Meeting, Belgium (June 25th, 2005): 'Call Her Princess'

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Before The Dawn Confirmed For Wacken Open Air

Finland's BEFORE THE DAWN is the latest act confirmed for next summer's Wacken Open Air Festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany.

The Wacken Open Air Festival will be headlined by IRON MAIDEN (on July 31st). The current line-up includes: AT THE GATES, AUTUMN, AVANTASIA, AXXIS, BEFORE THE DAWN, CARCASS, CHILDREN OF BODOM, CORVUS CORAX, CREMATORY, DESTRUCTOR, DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER, ENEMY OF THE SUN, EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS, EVOCATION, GIRUGÄMESH, GOREROTTED, GORGOROTH, HATEBREED, IRON MAIDEN, KAMELOT, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, KREATOR, KRYPTERIA, LORD BELIAL, LORDI, NIFELHEIM, NIGHTWISH, OBITUARY, AXEL RUDI PELL, POWERWOLF, PRIMORDIAL, SABATON, SALTATIO MORTIS, SONATA ARCTICA, THE BONES, WARBRINGER.

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Axel Rudi Pell Confirmed for Wacken Open Air

The latest band confirmed for Wacken Open Air 2008 is the power-metalers Axel Rudi Pell. The festival, which takes place from July 31 to Augest 2, 2008 will include the following bands confirmed so far (with more to come):

As I Lay Dying
At the Gates
Autumn
Avantasia
Axel Rudi Pell
Axxis
Carcass
Children Of Bodom
Corvus Corax
Crematory
Dream of an Opium Eater
Enemy of the Sun
Excrementory Grindfuckers
Gorerotted
Hatebreed
Iron Maiden
Killswitch Engage
Kreator
Krypteria
Lord Belial
Lordi
Nightwish
Obituary
Powerwolf
Primordial
Sabaton
Saltatio Mortis
Sonata Arctica
The Bones
The Force Gorgoroth
Warbringer

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Angel of Eden Signs To Lion Music

Lion Music recently announced the signing of Roger Staffelbach's Angel Of Eden. Acclaimed for his unique style, aggressive rhythm playing and his considerable soloing skills over 7 albums with prog metallers Artension, guitarist Roger Staffelbach has served up a potent offering of first class song writing over the ten tracks on the debut Roger Staffelbach's Angel Of Eden album "The End Of Never".

Fuelled by Roger's virtuoso guitar work, the melodic soaring vocals of Carsten "Lizard" Schulz [Evidence One, ex Domain], keyboard wizardry of Mistheria [solo, Bruce Dickinson], the powerhouse drumming of Rami Ali [Evidence One] and thunderous bottom end of Steve Di Giorgio [ex-Testament,ex-Death] along with guest performances from John West [ex-Royal Hunt], David Shankle [ex Manowar] and Ferdy Doernberg [Axel Rudi Pell], "The End Of Never" is a first class album from some of metal most respected names offering lush vocal melodies, pulsating rhythms and virtuoso lead breaks within captivating songs.

Here is the complete "The End of Never" track listing:

01. The End Of Never
02. Dreamchaser
03. Angel Of Eden
04. Return Of The Pharaoh (Pt. I)
05. The Battle Of 1386
06. Into The Black
07. Return Of The Pharaoh (Pt. II)
08. Keys To Avalon
09. Stampede
10. Towards The Light

You can check out some of the band's material on their MySpace page.

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My Dying Bride To Headline Bloodstock 2006

British Doom Metallers MY DYING BRIDE have been confirmed as the headliners of the 6th annual Bloodstock Festival to be held at the Assembly Rooms in Derby, UK on 29th-30th September 2006. MY DYING BRIDE are only the second UK band to have headlined the event, previously SAXON headlined in 2001 and 2003.

The current Bloodstock line-up is shaping up as follows:

AGANKAST
AWAKEN
AXEL RUDI PELL
BEYOND AFTERLIFE
BRAINSTORM
CAPTIVE AUDIO
DEADFALL
DIED SMILING
EDEN
ENEMY UNKNOWN
ILLUMINATUS
MACHINE MEN
MAEL MORDHA
MAJESTY
MARSHALL LAW
MY DYING BRIDE
OMNIUM GATHERUM
ONSLAUGHT
PRIMAL FEAR
SPELLBLAST
STEEL TORMENTOR
SWORN AMONGST

Another 6 bands are to be announced over the forthcoming weeks, including 2 special slots given over to bands that have entered a raffle to play the show. Any band interested in entering the raffle should contact the organisers at the BLOODSTOCK festivals new website.

In related news, the second BLOODSTOCK OPEN-AIR festival is taking place on July 14th-15th 2006 at Catton Hall, South Derbyshire, UK. Currently confirmed bands are:

ASHTAR
ATHEIST
ENSIFERUM
NOCTURNAL RITES
PYRAMAZE
RAUNCHY
SEASON'S END
TURISAS

More bands will be announced over the forthcoming weeks. Tickets (which will be sent out during April) for both shows are available from bloodstock.uk.com.

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Axel Rudi Pell Confirmed Guest For Bloodstock 2006

Axel Rudi Pell has been confirmed for Bloodstock's special guest slot to Primal Fear on Friday 29th September 2006. In keeping with the philosophy of bringing some of the best European bands to the UK for their first BIG shows, this show will be their first in the UK.

The artwork for the BLOODSTOCK 06 indoor festival is now on display at bloodstockfestival.com.

As a new addition to the ever-growing Bloodstock merchandise, AMUST4MUSIC in conjunction with Studio54 are producing a series of 6 fine art prints from the original artwork by Paul Raymond Gregory of the BLOODSTOCK images from 01 to 05 including the first Bloodstock Open Air image free. Each year you will be able to add to this unique collection with that years images i.e. BOA02 and Bloodstock 06 (the prints will be on sale at each respective festival this year). The first series of 6 prints will be offered for sale for £25 plus p+p during January 2006 and all prints purchased until the end of February 2006 will be personally signed by Paul. They are A3 (h420mm x w297mm) in size and will be despatched flat and bound within a hardbacked protected envelope. The set is available online under the Shop menu as Fine Art Prints at bloodstockfestival.com

Other bands confirmed for Bloodstock 06 include the UK's reformed thrashers ONSLAUGHT, PRIMAL FEAR, MACHINE MEN, OMNIUM GATHERUM, DIED SMILING, ENEMY UNKNOWN, BEYOND AFTERLIFE and STEEL TORMENTOR. There are expected to be 25-26 bands performing in total, with more to be announced in the forthcoming months.

Bloodstock 06 is to be held in the Assembly Rooms in Derby on 29th - 30th September 2006. Tickets for the 2-day show are £51 including a £1 booking fee. Or combine tickets and merchandise with the Bloodstock Open Air for the Supporters Club pass for £120. Tickets and Passes are available to buy online now at bloodstockfestival.com.

In related new, the first bands for the second BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR festival on July 14th - 15th, 2006 will be announced shortly. Separate tickets for this show will be available when the first bands are announced.

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Hammerfall, Equilibrium Added To Wacken Open Air

Hammerfall and Equilibrium are the latest bands to be added to the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, scheduled to take place August 4-6 in Wacken.

Here is the complete roster of confirmed bands thus far: More...

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Dream Theater Confirmed For Graspop Metal Meeting

Dream Theater are the latest band confirmed for the Graspop Metal Meeting festival, set to take place June 24-26 in Dessel, Belgium. Also scheduled to perform at the 10th-anniversary edition of the festival are Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Axel Rudi Pell, Grave Digger, Suicidal Tendencies and Exciter. More confirmations will be announced soon.

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Finntroll Confirmed For Wacken 2005

Finland's Finntroll is the latest act to be confirmed for the Wacken Open Air festival, scheduled to take place on August 4-6, 2005 in Wacken, Germany.

The other confirmed bands to appear are Accept, Sinner, Nightwish, Marduk, Overkill, Obituary, Axel Rudi Pell, Edguy, Ensiferum, Illdisposed, Endstille, Turisas, Mercenary, Eisregen and Potentia Animi. More bands will be announced soon.

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Obituary, Eisregen, Potentia Animi Added To W:O:A

Playing on the Blackstage at the 2005 Wacken Open Air Festival is Obituary, Eisregen, Potentia Animi.

Other bands confirmed for W:O:A 2005:

Accept
Axel Rudi Pell
Corvus Corax
Edguy
Endstille
Ensiferum
Illdisposed
Marduk
Mercenary
Nightwish
Overkill
Turisas

W:O:A is to take place on August 4-6 in Wacken, Germany.

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More Bands Announced For Wacken Open Air Fest

Axel Rudi Pell, Edguy, and Overkill are the latest names to be added to next year's Wacken Open Air Festival, slated to take place on August 4-6 in Wacken, Germany. Other bands scheduled to appear at the festival are Accept, Nightwish, Sinner, Marduk, Ensiferum, Mercenary, Illdisposed, Endstille, and Turisas. More bands will be announced soon.

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Axel Rudi Pell: Acoustic Performances Cancelled

German guitarist Axel Rudi Pell has abandoned plans to perform a few acoustic shows in Germany to promote his upcoming "The Ballads III" compilation. The cancellation is being attributed to "different reasons," according to a posting on Axel's web site. One of 'em was the very tight schedule to promote the tour properly."

"The Ballads III" is scheduled for release on October 25 through SPV Records. In addition to all of the group's ballads since the release of "The Ballads II", the disc includes three newly recorded songs: "Don't Say Goodbye" (a new Axel composition), a new acoustic version of "Forever Angel", and a cover version of RAINBOW's "The Temple of the King".

As previously reported, the second leg of Axel Rudi Pell are tentatively scheduled to perform at next year's Bang Your Head, Graspop Metal Meeting and Wacken Open Air festivals.

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Axel Rudi Pell To Release New Album

The upcoming Axel Rudi Pell album, called "The Ballads III," is to be released October 25, 2004.

Final track list:

1. Don`t Say Goodbye
2. Forever Angel (acoustic)
3. The Temple Of The King
4. Heartbreaker
5. The Line
6. Sea Of Evil
7. The Curse Of The Chains
8. All The Rest Of My Life
9. Forever Angel
10. The Temple Of The Holy
11. Under The Gun

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