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5 stars Second album by Rainbow, Blackmore's creature after his departure from Deep Purple, is an astonishing demonstration of musical power and creative strenght, showing a mind-blowing wall of sound delivered by a lineup featuring nothing less than three giants of rock like Ronnie James Dio on vocals, Blackmore himself on guitar and Cozy Powell on drums.

"Rising" is a non-stop storm in your own stereo, featuring some stunning tracks like "Tarot Woman", "A Light in the dark" and of course the INCREDIBLE grandness of "Stargazer" an absolutely epic song very close to symphonic/hard prog, somehow similar, but more convincing by years than Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" ; most of all this album shows off the strenght of Blackmore's coherence and importance in terms of artistic view : imagine ourselves back in 1976 when this hard rock milestone was released, well, Deep Purple Mark IV was already history after recording the quite insipid funky "Come Taste The Band".

In musical terms there are strong prog influences on this work, especially in the three tracks recalled before, amazing dialogs between Blackmore Stratocaster and Carey's hammond in "A light in the dark", an entire strings section played thru the keyboards is the main basis for Dio's visionary lyrics on "Stargazer", which all alone makes worthy the buying ; of course almost every track is driven by a killing guitar riff.

Absolutely reccomended to heavy sound lovers.

A wild, majestic, powerful masterpiece.

Malve87 | 5/5 |


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