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IN ROCK

Deep Purple

 

Proto-Prog

4.29 | 827 ratings

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Alitare
3 stars Deep Purple in RAWK!

What might we be greeted to when starting this seminal Deep Purple release? The roaring guitars, with an organ section, this is grandiose hard rock. Gillian sings his heart all over the place, and they rock the house.

It is clear that Blackmore had the guitar chops, as the solo on Speed king is fine. Although the song does tend to get a bit too funky, and that howling from Gillian is just silly (in a good way).

Bloodsucker has a great riff, and did I say I quite enjoy Gillian's vocals? That screeching is bloodcurdling. I like the organ here, but they tend to use it a bit too much, and it almost comes off as a gimmick. The song is your standard rocking metal song, especially with the soloing. Deep Purple's lyrics were about as awful as it gets, but they could at least play like wildfire. The trade offs are ass kicking.

The album's epic Child in Time. That organ introduction is quite fascinating, as the song builds up slowly. Gillian's howling gets so vicious. You just didn't hear things like this at this time. Wailing and violent. This is most certainly the closest thing to metal people had. Then everything goes nuts. The guitar flies away with the classically inspired solo that melts everything. This song is an absolute classic. Instrumental stomping ground for sure.

Flight of the Rat is another longer song. It is a solid hard rock song, with fire under its feet as the rhythm section skillfully hammers along. Again, don't look for deep lyrics, here. Some of the most banal stuff I've ever heard is in here, but that shouldn't keep you from enjoying the album's instrumental merits. (which are quite high)

Into The Fire does the Sabbath thing pre-Sabbath. The thick riff is chugging. This is good funky hard rock. Memorable, but not too memorable. A solid song. Living wreck begins with percussive flaring, before going into organ driven hard rock. Has some strange sounds about it. The last epic starts off with a good bang. It is a very roaring rock song. I feel it is a little longer than the idea allows for, but that is not a large complaint, especially considering the freak out segment is superb.

The album isn't perfect by any means. The organ seems gimmick driven at times, the guitars feel flat in a few riffs, the longer songs tend to plod on, and the lyrics are absolutely abysmal. The longer songs would seem progressive, but there are relatively few musically progressive ideas, here. A very solid Three stars.

Alitare | 3/5 |

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