AXEL RUDI PELL “Wild Obsession” /CD/



The debut full-length studio album by the legendary German Hard Rock/Glam Metal band.
After his exodus from 80s German Glam Metal outfit Steeler, Axel Rudi Pell decided to go it alone and create a music all his own, and in subsequent years would grow to develop a sound more worthy of his abilities than what he had been doing.
However, like with all solo projects, one can’t help but imitate what one knows at the time until new ideas begin to form, and this release succeeds mostly in being a slightly more musically interesting version of Steeler. It’s full of great guitar work, vocalist Charlie Huhn does a decent job, but overall this is still 80s Glam Rock.
Charlie Huhn sounds a tiny bit like Jeff Scott Soto in his low to mid-range, but when he launches into his higher register, he sounds a bit more like a combination of Bon Scott and Udo Dirkschneider. The resulting combination of his vocals and the mostly Rock driven riffs, is quite good for singing cheesy love ballads like “Broken Heart” in the Dokken style, as well as for Rock anthems about strippers like “Call Her Princess”. But it is painfully obvious that such a voice would not be able to pull off a more art driven work like “Oceans of Time” or “Legions of Hell”.
The musical on here is pretty much as far removed from the current direction of the band as the vocalist is. The principle riffs of 80s Glam anthems like “Slave of Love”, “Snake Eyes” and “Cold as Ice” are heavily Mötley Crüe inspired, while the choruses are a bit more towards the Dokken formula of dense harmonies and multiple backup singers. “Broken Heart” has an interesting acoustic line and plenty of slow melodic solo work, but its overall presentation is not as deep or thought provoking as “Forever Angel” or “The Clown is Dead”. 
The musical highlights on here are the areas where Pell seems to be moving towards a more aggressive and Progressive style. “Hear You Calling Me” is quite similar to later and heavier mid-tempo rockers such as “Follow the Sign” and “Ride the Rainbow”. “Call Her Princess” is mostly a heavy riff oriented song, despite the ode to stripper style lyrics and still enjoys regular play at live venues on Axel Rudi Pell tours. “Wild Cat”, although lyrically another sexual anthem to a pretty Vixen, is a fine piece of early Speed Metal work. “Don’t Trust the Promised Dreams” is the closest thing to an Axel Rudi Pell epic to be found on here, although it lacks the epic feel and sounds more like a heavily riff oriented mid-tempo song. The lyrical direction gives an indication of more thoughtful things to come and the musical middle section gives hints at Axel’s fascination with Eastern mysticism.
This is essentially a solid 80s Glam Metal album that unlike the Glam outfits of the late 80s actually has the riffs and the attitude to qualify as Metal. It is nonetheless an overtly 80s album precisely because it was recorded in the 80s. If you like bands such as Dokken, Mötley Crüe, Skid Row, Accept, and Warlock then this album will treat you well! It’s a lot different than the albums that followed it, but is still a good listen!!
SPV/Steamhammer, 1989 (SPV 84-7610). Made in Germany. Re-press.


Tracklist:
1. Wild Cat 3:39
2. Call Of The Wild Dogs 3:51
3. Slave Of Love 4:36
4. Cold As Ice 6:21
5. Broken Heart 5:04
6. Call Her Princess 3:19
7. Snake Eyes 5:13
8. Unchain The Thunder 3:31
9. Return Of The Calyph From The Apocalypse Of Babylon 0:51
10. (Don't Trust The) Promised Dreams 6:28
Total playing time: 42:53 min.

​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​

Leave a review

Please login or register to review

Related Products

AXEL RUDI PELL "Live Over Europe" /Slipcase 2DVD Digipack/

The second DVD by legendary German Hard Rock/Heavy/Power Metal band. If you like Axel Rudi Pell or if you just like to listen to great Heavy Metal, "Live Over Europe" is a must! In Europe, Axel Rudi Pell's live shows are a hot attraction because they so faithfully replicate the experi..

€9.90

AXEL RUDI PELL “Black Moon Pyramid” /CD/

The fifth full-length studio album by the legendary German Hard Rock/Heavy/Power Metal band. For over 25 years, Axel Rudi Pell has counted as one of Germany’s most versatile guitarists. With over a dozen studio albums, he has a record of brilliant productions, loved by his fans and greeted wi..

€13.90

AXEL RUDI PELL “Circle Of The Oath” /CD/

The fifteenth full-length studio album by the legendary German Hard Rock/Heavy/Power Metal band. This is Pell’s fourteenth studio album, excluding "Diamonds Unlocked" cover album, and his eighth with Hardline vocalist Johnny Gioeli and journeyman drummer Mike Terrana on board. Axel..

€13.90

AXEL RUDI PELL “Diamonds Unlocked” /CD/

The twelfth full-length studio album by the legendary German Hard Rock/Heavy/Power Metal band. "Diamonds Unlocked" is a cover songs album that consists of 10 cover tracks and 1 self-written introduction track. Axel Rudi Pell attempted to make cover versions of tracks from typically "..

€13.90

AXEL RUDI PELL “Eternal Prisoner” /CD/

The third full-length studio album by the legendary German Hard Rock/Heavy/Power Metal band. This is the first Axel Rudi Pell album with Jeff Scott Soto, acclaimed vocalist of Malmsteen’s Rising Force fame. Unlike the rather dramatic vocal theatrics of Rob Rock, Soto’s vocal approach is..

€13.90

AXEL RUDI PELL “Into The Storm” /CD/

The sixteenth full-length studio album by the legendary German Hard Rock/Heavy/Power Metal band. There are bands that opt to change with the times, there are bands that gradually evolve with little sense of the scene around them, and then there are the unmoved stoics like Axel Rudi Pell that sneer ..

€13.90

AXEL RUDI PELL “Mystica” /CD/

The eleventh full-length studio album by the legendary German Hard Rock/Heavy/Power Metal band. Axel Rudi Pell has never failed to amaze us with their ability to combine the various elements that made these forefathers of the Metal genre who they were in new and inviting ways. The guitar riffs are ..

€13.90

AXEL RUDI PELL “Nasty Reputation” /CD/

The second full-length studio album by the legendary German Hard Rock/Heavy/Power Metal band. After transitioning into a solo artist and releasing the strong yet somewhat derivative album “Wild Obsession”, Axel parted ways with singer Charlie Huhn and hooked up with more accomplished an..

€12.90

AXEL RUDI PELL “Oceans Of Time” /CD/

The seventh full-length studio album by the legendary German Hard Rock/Heavy/Power Metal band. Axel Rudi Pell is a longstanding German Metal band playing in the classic 80s style of Dio and other similar bands, with excellent guitarwork courtesy of the band's core and founder, Axel Rudi Pell. T..

€13.90

AXEL RUDI PELL “Shadow Zone” /CD/

The ninth full-length studio album by the legendary German Hard Rock/Heavy/Power Metal band. Here comes Axel again with their new album and the story that follow some part of a trilogy started in "The Masquerade Ball". This disc starts feeling a lot like Pink Floyd's "Wish You W..

€13.90

AXEL RUDI PELL “Tales Of The Crown” /CD/

The thirteenth full-length studio album by the legendary German Hard Rock/Heavy/Power Metal band. This 2008 release is totally oblivious to Metal trends of the late 2000s, but that doesn't prevent every one of the tracks from being pleasingly solid. The only thing that lets you know this is a 2..

€13.90