It's safe to assume that when Saxon's original lineup was formed in Barnsley, England back in 1977, the last thing that singer Biff Byford and guitarist Paul Quinn were thinking about was a 31st anniversary. Metal bands come and go, and it is hard enough to keep a band together for two or three years – let alone 31. But 2008, the year in which Saxon recorded their early 2009 release, Into the Labyrinth, did, in fact, mark the band's 31st anniversary – and the good news is that this 50-minute CD is quite faithful to the spirit of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal…
A fictional story within the historical context of the disastrous flood that engulfed the Dutch coastal province of Zeeland in 1953. When their farmhouse is destroyed by the flood, teenage mother Julia gets separated from her baby boy, whom she kept hidden in a box. She is saved from drowning by a young air force lieutenant, who agrees to go help looking for Julia's little son. A near-hopeless quest ensues.
Blyndsyde were a technical rock band from the North West of England, hinting at Rush/early Yes, with very strong and original vocals by their pretty female vocalist Paulè van Wijngaarden.Their debut album Into the Storm of the Eye was released in Feb 1993 and was engineered by Roger Boden (who has produced Charlatans/Stone Roses). They gigged extensively and supported bands such as Pendragon, The Enid and IQ, and earned a lot of respect from fanzines with their powerful and extremely tight live performances.
It’s more of the same from Axel Rudi Pell on his latest release, Into The Storm… In this case - more explosive guitars, more solid vocal performances, more well-crafted songs, more of everything that has allowed the German guitar virtuoso to stay on top of the game for more than a quarter century. The limited edition digipak includes two bonus tracks!
AXEL RUDI PELL release their sixteenth full-length album entitled "Into The Storm", on January 17th, 2014 in Germany, January 20th in the rest of Europe and on January 21st in the USA/Canada via SPV/Steamhammer. The CD was recorded with engineer and co-producer Charlie Bauerfeind and features Pell alongside singer Johnny Gioeli, new drummer Bobby Rondinelli, keyboard player Ferdy Doernberg and bassist Volker Krawczak.
Juxtaposing ’60s and ’70s news snippets, band interviews, and concert footage, director Daniel E. Meza brilliantly relates how racism and the La Raza movement forged Latin rock. In the case of El Chicano, the cultural strife inspired music of great joy. “We were in the thick of it,” says bassist Fred Sanchez, “because [Chicano-power organizers] were the people who hired El Chicano. But we contributed by putting positive stuff out there music and happiness.”This is a bold story beautifully and sometimes painfully".