Deep Purple – Infinite
Deep Purple’s 20th record comes at a time of resurgence for the band. Since their last record, 2013’s NOW What?! They were finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, they have been on tour seemingly the entire time, and debuted their new album Infinite to decent reviews, and #1 positions in some European countries. Deep Purple is the last of a dying breed. While Sabbath, Rush, Zeppelin, and other monoliths of metal have called it quits at the onset of their 70’s, Deep Purple have put out a record whose title indicates that they aren’t going anywhere, and will live on forever.
The record is blisteringly good, with all the Deep Purple motifs there. I have always loved a power chord with a strong organ behind it, I feel that it augments the power of Steve Morse’s guitar at times in the very capable hands of keyboard extraordinaire Don Airey. The trio of originals in Ian Gilliam, Ian Paice, and Roger Glover, sound tight and energetic, not a band at the end of their careers regardless of who may be suffering from the ills of being “seasoned”. Gilliam’s vocals sound a little strained at times, not the distinct soaring of “Smoke on the Water”, but if nothing else it sounds like he’s having a good time.
Legendary producer Bob Ezrin, who has worked with countless acts including Pink Floyd, Kiss, and Alice Cooper, helms production for the record giving it that stark 70’s vibe. The whole album slings and bounces with the shiny tinge on “Time for Bedlam” and it’s dystopian poetic lyrics, to the blues runs on “One Night in Vegas”. “Birds of Prey” may be the best song on the record offering strong songwriting where Morse gets to unleash his guitar alongside Gilliam’s better than powerful voice. The Infinite record ends with a slowed down version of The Doors “Roadhouse Blues” perfect for the end of a record that needs a nightcap.
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