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DEEP PURPLE IN ROCK

Deep Purple

 

Proto-Prog

4.34 | 1165 ratings

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strayfromatlantis
5 stars Deep Purple In Prog?

Well, I really don't care if it's Rock or Prog or Heavy Prog or Heavy Prog Rock Metal or whatever. This record was at the time a full metal gauntlet in the face of everyone (but especially Led Zeppelin, see below) and simply 45 minutes of very good, innovative music. The classic tracks Speed King and Child in Time are accompanied by such gems as Bloodsucker, Living Wreck and - of couse - Hard Lovin' Man. This is a much underrated track with a driving riff and screaming guitar and maybe one of the birth places of the faster side of metal. The other two tracks -Flight of the Rat and Into the Fire - are heavy, but not really my cup of tea. Nevertheless they can't eclipse the overwhelming impression this album made when it hit the stores. 5 stars and no messing around.

The promised remark on Led Zeppelin: Some people I once knew made the observation that the impressive artwork of the In Rock album might be a reaction to the inner gatefold sleeve of Led Zeppelin II (you know the one with the four pedestals, each with the name of one Zep member on it). Purple simply topped this attitude by usurping Mount Rushmore, which is the biggest monument on the planet, I believe. And maybe the heaviness of Led Zeppelin IV was due to the album reviewed here...?

strayfromatlantis | 5/5 |

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