Axel Rudi Pell – Lost XXIII

Axel Rudi Pell - Lost XXIII



4.6/5 Pros

  • Very good range of songs
  • Great atmosphere

Axel Rudi Pell is definitely one of the most well-known hard rock and metal acts from Germany. On 15th April 2022, he is releasing his 21st album. Here are my thoughts about Lost XXIII.

Due to Good Friday, the album is released one day earlier in Germany, on 14th March 2022.


Axel Rudi Pell – About The Artist

Axel Rudi Pell is a German artist, who was born on 27th June 1960 in Bochum. His first major musical steps were done as part of the band Steeler. Since 1989 he is releasing music under his civil name. He is the mind behind the band, but not the leading singer. Axel Rudi Pell’s initial vocalist has been Charlie Huhn, but since 1998, Johnny Gioeli is at the microphone. Pell’s other band members are Volker Krawczak (bass), Ferdy Doernberg (keyboard) and Bobby Rondrelli (drums). Krawszak is working with Pell since the very beginning of the project. Pell’s albums regulary hit the German (all genre) Top 10 album charts and have similar placenents in Switzerland.


Axel Rudi Pell – Lost XXIII – Track by Track

The ten track album lasts 55 minutes.

1. Lost XXIII Prequel (Intro)

Axel Rudi Pell and his band give us a slow start: 107 seconds of intro with a bit of an majestic touch. Ready to get the metal party started after this melodic marching in.

2. Survive

Will be survive? is the key question of the first full-length track. Axel Rudi Pell is simply delivering what we expect him to do: powerful guitar, good vocal lines by Gioeli. The song quickly makes its way into your memory. Good one.

3. No Compromise

Shout it out loud, there is no compromise – it feels that what Gioeli is singing and screaming into the microphone is just what he aims to deliver with Lost XXIII so far. Good, straight forward metal song, which is a great one for the next tour.

4. Down On The Streets

The bass drum is stomping in the background, the fourth song is doing a rather melodic performance on top of it. Down On The Streets is indeed a song for rock lovers, even if they don’t love metal too much. And, of course, there is sufficient guitar power as well.

5. Gone With The Wind

The fifth song demands some nine minutes of the listener. The investment is definitely worth it: Pell and his band do a magical power ballad right in the middle of the album. Deep and touching one:

Gone with the wind
Tears are falling
When I think of you and I
Gone with the wind
Heaven’s crying
Why did you die?

6. Freight Train

After the emotional highlight of the album, the guitars are back at full power. The Freight Train is another six minute song. At first, the song did not work for me at all, but I more and more fell in love with chorus, which comes with that ease and simplicity, which I generally enjoy about Lost XXIII.

7. Follow The Beast

Follow The Beast is firing the riffs from the very first moment. These five minutes are reserved for metalheads. Fast, powerful – and simply good.

8. Fly With Me

Okay, that sounds like song just made for me… Fly with me suprises at the very beginning with gentle keyboard sounds. I know that rockers just cannot stand it – but Axel Rudi Pell, the hardest rockers do the best ballads – and this power ballad is an excellent example for that.

9. The Rise Of Ankhoor

The second last track of the album has an almost whitty main theme. Nice melody lines in these four instrumental minutes. A nice contrast to the songs before – and a good listen.

10. Lost XXIII

The title track is closing the album. Another really epic one – Lost XXIII is a 8:35 minute musical piece.Very powerful and present farewell from the album with a really nice melodic line. I guess the track is on the favorite list of many listeners.


Axel Rudi Pell – Lost XXIII – Spotify

I will add the Spotify widget once the album has been published.


Axel Rudi Pell – Lost XXIII – My View

Did we expect something worse? Axel Rudi Pell delivers a great album gain – his 2022 Lost XXIII is a really good listen from the very first to the first last moment. Thanks for this Top Pick!.


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