NOISECREEP HOSTING EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE OF AXEL RUDI PELL’S RENDITION OF “HOLY DIVER”
IN STORES SEPTEMBER 27th IN NORTH AMERICA ON SPV/STEAMHAMMER
Another seven years has passed since the release of the “The Ballads III”. Seven years of writing, recording and collecting even more emotional and melancholic songs. To keep with the tradition, the band decided to record 3 brand new tracks for this ballad compilation.
Starting today Noisecreep is hosting an exclusive premiere of PELL‘s take on the legendary Dio track “Holy Diver”. In addition you can check out an interview with AXEL himself. Be the first to listen “Holy Diver” at: http://www.noisecreep.com/2011/09/02/axel-rudi-pell-holy-diver-song/
Here is a short introduction by AXEL himself to every new song in the specific running order:
WHERE THE WILD WATERS FLOW -”My own composition in the true ARP ballad style. This song is not about love, it has a more mysterious content and it captures the long and hopeless journey of human beings trying to get away from some dark nights. One can apply this to many different thoughts and situations nowadays. I definitely think that this song is one of the strongest ballads I´ve ever written with a hookline that will stick to everyone´s ears !”
HOLY DIVER - “As everybody knows, my soul mate and friend Ronnie James Dio sadly passed away last year. It was very clear to me I needed to use one of his songs to pay him tribute. It had to be a song, which was very easily recognizable as one of his tunes and therefore I picked “Holy Diver”. Of course the original track isn´t a ballad, so I decided to re-arrange the song completely and we made a Piano version out of it, featuring some Orchestra strings, a Cello and a clean and melodic guitar solo. Johnny gave his very best vocal performance and after the track was finished, there were lots of tears in some eyes…”
HALLELUJAH - “At least one of the best ballads around. Originally written and released by Leonard Cohen in 1984, it wasn´t his version giving me the idea to cover this tune. Actually it was all the good and bad performances of some TV casting show participants, who gave me the real kick to create one of the, hopefully, ultimate versions of this song. We recorded a children´s choir for this, which fits perfectly to Johnny´s emotional and soulful voice. There are 2 different versions of this track: the CD album version which features a slightly wilder guitar solo and the “Single” (and downloadable) version which features a calmer guitar solo. ”
“The Ballads IV” will be released as standard version and digital download in North America through SPV/Steamhammer.
“The Ballads IV” – Tracklisting:
1) WHERE THE WILD WATERS FLOW (new song)
2) HOLY DIVER (new song)
3) HALLELUJAH (new song)
4) NORTHERN LIGHTS
5) NOBLESSE OBLIGE (Opus #5 Adagio Contabile)
6) LOVE GUN
7) GLORY NIGHT
8) IN THE AIR TONIGHT
9) TOUCHING MY SOUL
10) LIKE A CHILD AGAIN
11) NO CHANCE TO LIVE
12) HAUNTED CASTLE SERENADE (Opus #4 Grazioso E Agresso)
13) THE CURSE OF THE DAMNED
“Where The Wild Waters Flow”, “Holy Diver” and “Hallelujah” were recorded, mixed and co-produced by Charlie Bauerfeind at Twilight Hall Studios in Grefrath, Germany, in May 2011. The CD was mastered by Ulf Horbelt at DMS Mastering Studios in Marl, Germany. The cover illustration was created by Martin McKenna.
“The Ballads IV” – Release Dates:
Germany: September 23rd, 2011
Europe: September 26th, 2011
USA/Canada: September 27th, 2011
Johnny Gioeli – Lead und Backing Vocals
Axel Rudi Pell – Lead, Rhythm und Acoustic Guitars
Ferdy Doernberg – Keyboards
Volker Krawczak – Bass
Mike Terrana – Drums
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One of the better hard rock albums to see the light of day in 1992, was the debut by Hollywood, California’s Hardline.
Hardline’s quick claim to fame was having Journey guitarist Neal Schon play lead guitar for the band. There are also a couple of songs that have partial writing credits by Journey’s Jonathan Cain.
Aside from Schon’s guitar work, the highlight on Double Eclipse are the vocals of Johnny Gioeli. He is definitely one of the better singers to come out of the hair metal era.
If this album was released five or six years earlier, Hardline, would have made a bigger impact on the scene. This is an extremely fun to listen to melodic hard rock disc, where every song is exceptionally good. Some of my favorite tunes on this CD are Life’s A Bitch”, “Dr. Love”, “Takin’ Me Down” and the Danny Spanos cover song, “Hot Cherie”.
If you haven’t check out Hardline before, Double Eclipse is still in print, and available at Amazon.com. This album will easily appeal to fans of bands like Journey and Damn Yankees. Check them out, you will be glad you did!
Rating:Out of 10
- Life’s a Bitch
- Dr. Love
- Rhythm from a Red Car
- Change of Heart
- Takin’ Me Down
- Hot Cherie
- Bad Taste
- Can’t Find My Way
- I’ll Be There
- In the Hands of Time
Johnny Gioeli – Vocals
Neal Schon – Guitars
Todd Jensen – Bass
Deen Castronovo – Drums
Joey Gioeli – Rhythm Guitar
Long overdue HARDLINE third studio album “Just Add Water” is finally going to be completed soon.
Singer Johnny Gioeli sent an official update for the fans “We are mixing and mastering the second week of September in Los Angeles! The new record combines the sounds of old and new…. Great big hooks… Yet I call it music-sushi: raw and delicious. I can’t wait for it to be completed.
It was shelved and finally dusted off when I could concentrate on her.
Everyone will be pleased and this time we REALLY want to tour with this record!”.