AXEL RUDI PELL releases video for new single “Darkest Hour”

AXEL RUDI PELL releases video for new single “Darkest Hour”

New Album ’Risen Symbol‘ to be released June 14, 2024

German Guitar wizard AXEL RUDI PELL released with “Darkest Hour” a new digital single and video today. The song is taken from the upcoming studio album “Risen Symbol”.

No doubt about it: The world would be a much poorer place without Axel Rudi Pell.

On his 22nd (!) studio album ’Risen Symbol‘, the Bochum-based guitarist and songwriter continues to fly the melodic hard rock flag without watering down his style with pseudo-modern stylistic variations or expendable studio gimmicks. At the same time, he is constantly looking for new influences, exciting inspirations and catchy hooks.

One of the best things about ARP‘s anthems is that they are perfectly tailored to the charismatic voice of frontman Johnny Gioeli. The American vocalist is one of the most eminent rock singers worldwide and, together with Pell, former Rainbow drummer Bobby Rondinelli, and the two longstanding ARP members Ferdy Doernberg (keyboards) and Volker Krawczak (bass), has been an integral part of a perfectly oiled machine for more than ten years, wowing fans and media alike.

’Risen Symbol‘ will be available on Steamhammer/SPV from June 14, 2024. For all those who can‘t wait, April 3, 2024 will see the arrival of the lead single ’Guardian Angel‘ followed on May 22, 2024 by ’Darkest Hour‘.


1. The Resurrection (Intro)
2. Forever Strong
3. Guardian Angel
4. Immigrant Song
5. Darkest Hour
6. Ankhaia
7. Hell’s On Fire
8. Crying In Pain
9. Right On Track
10. Taken By Storm

“Risen Symbol” will be released on June 14th, 2024 through SPV/Steamhammer in the following configurations:

=> CD DigiPak incl. poster
=> 2LP Gatefold, 140 g, neon orange vinyl, printed inner sleeves
=> Download / Streaming
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=> Exclusive CD/LP Bundles with a shirt, exclusive coloured vinyl and liquid vinyl only at the Steamhammer shop
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=> 2LP Gatefold exclusive coloured edition only at the Napalm shop
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From left to right: Bobby Rondinelli (drums), Axel Rudi Pell (guitars), Johnny Gioeli (vocals), Volker Krawczak (bass), Ferdy Doernberg (Keyboards)

Photo by Kai Hoffmann

AXEL RUDI PELL Festivals 2024:

13.07. BG-Mogilovo – Midalidare Rock
20.07. DE-Pyras – Pyraser Classic Rock Night
31.07.-03.08. DE-Wacken – Wacken Open Air
01.-03.08. SE-Rejmyre – Skogsröjet Festival
15.-17.08. CZ-Moravský Krumlov – Rock Castle
16.-18.08. CH-Cudrefin – Rock The Lakes


18.07. DE-Augsburg – Spectrum
19.07. DE-Augsburg – Spectrum (sold out)
06.10. DE-Bochum – Zeche
08.10. DE-Munich – Backstage Werk
09.10. CH-Zurich – Komplex
10.10. DE-Radolfzell – Milchwerk
11.10. DE-Markneukirchen – Musikhalle
13.10. AT-Vienna – Szene
14.10. HU-Budapest – Barba Negra
16.10. DE-Saarbrücken – Garage
18.10. DE-Geiselwind – Eventcenter
19.10. DE-Osnabrück – Hydepark
20.10. DE-Langen – Stadthalle
21.10. DE-Berlin – Huxleys
22.10. DE-Hamburg – Fabrik
24.10. SE-Stockholm – Klubben
25.10. SE-Gothenborg – Brewhouse
26.10. SE-Malmö – Slagthuset
28.10. DE-Bochum – Zeche

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