Axel Rudi Pell
Oceans of Time


3.5
great

Review

by telex USER (2 Reviews)
June 28th, 2011 | 15 replies | 4,610 views


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Time for a change.

5 of 6 thought this review was well written

For a band that has achieved so much underground approval and praise for the past couple of decades, Axel Rudi Pell had been following so many bad habits up until Oceans of Time, their seventh and most ambitious record. The German guitarist's last six tended to land on more of the power metal side, featuring unoriginal riffs, repetitive song topics, and vocalists that make Rudi Pell's music a challenge to listen to. After Magic, Rudi Pell took off a couple of members. Little did Rudi Pell know, this change in lineup would make Oceans of Time into what it is now considered as Rudi Pell's best CD. Is it? No. It takes numerous listens to appreciate what it is, but, in the end, Oceans of Time is an essential album.

In terms of scope, Oceans of Time is an undeniable step up from the Magic and Nasty Reputation days. The album is dominated by Johnny Gioeli's powerful, thunderous vocal performance. Personally, Gioeli has always been one of the greatest vocalists of all time, so Rudi Pell made a good decision in finding this man. If you exclude the second track (which can be slashed without caring), the album is noticeably softer, taking on a more hard-rock influenced sound, a good breath of fresh air. That being said, some nods to other albums are shown here. The interlude track uses the same notes found from the first album of Steeler, Rudi Pell's former band before going solo. The song lengths do not vary incredibly, the shortest aside from the interlude being four minutes. And there are repetitive lyrics: there are numerous times when Gioeli will repeat one word several times throughout the entire CD, otherwise contributing to the mess that Oceans of Time can be.

With more listening, though, Rudi Pell's strenghts become more and more apparent. The first half is generally more likable than the second, and every song has positive and negative aspects. The title track shows Gioeli at his best, with realistic lyrical writing and a pitch-perfect instrumental section. Although my low tolerance for long songs continue on, Ashes of the Oath and Carousel show some well-timed instrument complexity, and very interesting storytelling.

Oceans of Time isn't the easiest record to get into, but considering this album's underground importance (the second longest-underground charting metal album), and the new vocals, it is the most enjoyable, and one of the most rewarding. Although it does not have the same flash as later albums such as 'Kings and Queens' and 'Diamonds Unlocked' (though the latter was all cover songs), it shows a band on the way to improvement, to arguably the most underrated metal band of all time. And that is what makes Oceans of Time likable.


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scorpionatorizer
June 28th 2011



166 Comments


review sucks



scorpionatorizer
June 28th 2011



166 Comments


For a band that has achieved so much underground approval and praise for the past couple of decades, Axel Rudi Pell had been following so many bad habits up until Oceans of Time, their seventh and most ambitious record. The German guitarist's last six tended to land on more of the power metal side, featuring unoriginal riffs, repetitive song topics, and vocalists that make Rudi Pell's music a challenge to listen to. After Magic, Rudi Pell took off a couple of members. Little did Rudi Pell know, this change in lineup would make Oceans of Time into what it is now considered as Rudi Pell's best CD. Is it? No. It takes numerous listens to appreciate what it is, but, in the end, Oceans of Time is an essential album.

In terms of scope, Oceans of Time is an undeniable step up from the Magic and Nasty Reputation days. The album is dominated by Johnny Gioeli's powerful, thunderous vocal performance. Personally, Gioeli has always been one of the greatest vocalists of all time, so Rudi Pell made a good decision in finding this man. If you exclude the second track (which can be slashed without caring), the album is noticeably softer, taking on a more hard-rock influenced sound, a good breath of fresh air. That being said, some nods to other albums are shown here. The interlude track uses the same notes found from the first album of Steeler, Rudi Pell's former band before going solo. The song lengths do not vary incredibly, the shortest aside from the interlude being four minutes. And there are repetitive lyrics: there are numerous times when Gioeli will repeat one word several times throughout the entire CD, otherwise contributing to the mess that Oceans of Time can be.

With more listening, though, Rudi Pell's strenghts become more and more apparent. The first half is generally more likable than the second, and every song has positive and negative aspects. The title track shows Gioeli at his best, with realistic lyrical writing and a pitch-perfect instrumental section. Although my low tolerance for long songs continue on, Ashes of the Oath and Carousel show some well-timed instrument complexity, and very interesting storytelling.

Oceans of Time isn't the easiest record to get into, but considering this album's underground importance (the second longest-underground charting metal album), and the new vocals, it is the most enjoyable, and one of the most rewarding. Although it does not have the same flash as later albums such as 'Kings and Queens' and 'Diamonds Unlocked' (though the latter was all cover songs), it shows a band on the way to improvement, to arguably the most underrated metal band of all time. And that is what makes Oceans of Time likable.


scorpionatorizer
June 28th 2011



166 Comments


that part i just posted

that's why it sucks

whatisthisiduneven
June 28th 2011



4 Comments


@Scorpion:

Wow. How much of a retard can you be? Good review, I pos'd.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
June 28th 2011



6937 Comments


Did you just copy&paste the entire review? *facepalm*

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
June 28th 2011



6937 Comments


Pos +1 here, Maybe throw in some more detail here and there with maybe the inclusion of a track (or two) synopsis. But other than that it's pretty good, much better than my second review.

I might have to look for this somewhere.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
June 28th 2011



6937 Comments


Just ignore the negs man.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
June 28th 2011



6937 Comments


That's the spirit, how is the production on this?

scorpionatorizer
June 28th 2011



166 Comments


and it's pretty funny that you made an account to pos this

Parallels
June 28th 2011



6640 Comments


Wow somebody reviewed this one. The singer from this album onward was pretty much my musical childhood when he was in Crush 40.

mariothehedgehog
June 28th 2011



376 Comments


i have a hard time believing someone joined this site just to neg and argue with you about this review

mariothehedgehog
June 28th 2011



376 Comments


congratulations, you joined before the internet was invented

scorpionatorizer
June 28th 2011



166 Comments


you arent doing anything to prove me wrong

scorpionatorizer
June 28th 2011



166 Comments


like really those arent even comebacks

you are the worst user ever

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 29th 2011



30882 Comments


Get some goddamn avatars

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