Originally released in 1990, Axxis II is one of those feel good metal albums that reminds me of a playful Van Halen circa "Jump" era or even the Hagar time period. There is a melodic quality that is filled with terrific guitar hooks and plenty of sing-a-long anthem like choruses.
The album is too heavy to be called fluff and too fluffy to be called heavy metal and that may be why this band seemed to fall between the cracks for the most part here in America. It is a shame too that more people were not turned on to this very good music and the dynamic vocals of Bernhard Weiss. Maybe with this re-release the band might get the acclaim that they missed out on the first time around.
This second album by the band has a good blending of the guitar sound that was popular with the so called hair bands and a very melodic side that comes out in songs like "The World Is Looking In Their Eyes", "Touch The Rainbow" and the power ballad "Hold You". These are just highlights in a disc filled with just very good quality guitar laden music. With Bernhard's soaring vocals added to the mix, this becomes a disc that I am very glad to get reacquainted with. While it may not be the ultimate masterpiece, it is very enjoyable and has been in my truck with me ever since I received it. It is the perfect music for the nice summer day when you roll the windows down and head out for a nice cruise! I guess you can say that this disc is like that inexpensive wine that you like the taste of but don't want anyone to know your drinking.
1. The World Is Looking In Their Eyes
2. Save Me
3. Touch The Rainbow
4. Rolling Like Thunder
5. Hold You
6. Ships Are Sailing
7. Little Look Back
8. Face To Face
9. Get Down
10. Gimme Back The Paradise
11. Hold You (Acoustic Version)