Posts Tagged ‘Deep Purple’

61AChrVmRDLWhen I think of the genre of Heavy Metal and the one band that I think took the flag and it became it’s standard bearer, it always comes back to Birmingham, England’s own Judas Priest. In my opinion, no band better represented the genre then they did and they inspired a whole slew of bands along the way in there 50 year career. That’s right, Judas Priest is celebrating 50 years as a band and we are celebrating it by checking out what Loudwire.com ranked as 18TH on their list of 50 Best Metal Albums of all time in 1976’s Sad Wings Of Destiny. The album was the band’s second overall release and it featured Rob Halford (Vocals), K. K. Downing (Guitar), Glenn Tipton (Guitars), Ian Hill (Bass), and Alan Moore (Drums) who was the band’s third drummer by this point. Unfortunately, when the album was released, it had a hard time getting noticed due to the rise in popularity of punk rock music at the time. With a little bit of touring in the UK, the album eventually peaked at number 48 in the UK and it eventually achieved Gold in 1989.

gulp1015-label-pye-version1. Victim Of Changes-This almost 8 minute epic that was the product of two different tracks kicks off the album that was inspired by Led Zeppelin’s Black Dog. The track is about a woman who drinks too much and loses her man to another woman. The thing I love about this track is all the tempo and mood changes that occur in the song itself over the course of the track. 5/5

2. The Ripper-This Queen inspired chugger brings us into the mind of the great Victorian killer Jack The Ripper as we hear it from his perspective. 4.5/5

3. Dreamer Deceiver-a ballad track where we get some crooning vocals from Halford, but this serves as an intro of sorts for the next track. 4/5

4. Deceiver– A track that features more of that fast paced chugging sound that borders on being the inspiration for speed metal on the track. You can definitely also hear some influence from Black Sabbath in the track which was expected at the time. 5/5

CS487713-01B-BIG5. Prelude– An intricate instrumental track done in the E♭ Aeolian mode, but it has nothing to do with the next track. 4/5

6. Tyrant-Such an intricate track with so many parts, but it definitely kicks a lot of ass in a very short amount of time. It’s a track that is all about going against the grain. 5/5

7. Genocide-a cool riff heavy track that takes influence from Deep Purple tracks like Women From Tokyo and Burn (you can hear it). I guess Rob wanted the track to be thought provoking and controversial, but not sure if it did the trick. 4.5/5

8. Epitaph-a piano track that has been described to be Queen like as far as the vocals are concerned due to how they are layered. The song is basically Halford describing his frustration for how there is no place for the old. 4/5

9. Island Of Domination– The other track bleeds into this one, but the heavy electric guitars take over in this song that Tipton has joked is a little personal to Halford. The very Sabbath like track could have some innuendos contained in it which is what Tipton was joking about. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts-This is a very different album than what came in the 1980’s and that is what I like about this album. It definitely has a very 70’s Priest vibe to it and there is certainly nothing wrong with that. My favorite tracks on the album are Tyrant, Deceiver, and Victim Of Changes. I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

rainbow-rising-1976-album-coverWhen you think of the genre of heavy metal, there are certain faces that are immediately associated with it and those people are Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Halford, Bruce Dickinson, and the late and great Ronnie James Dio. Ronnie was one of those guys that just embodied the genre of heavy metal and he did it with Elf, Black Sabbath, his solo band Dio, and the legendary post Deep Purple band Rainbow. Richie Blackmore had left Deep Purple and he wanted to start a new band that was his vision and he did so with Ronnie on vocals. On May 17, 1976, Rainbow with only Dio and Blackmore remaining from the previous album would release their second album Rising which would now feature Tony Carey (Keyboards), Jimmy Bain (Bass), and Cozy Powell (Drums) while the album was produced by Martin Birch. The album was a huge success for the band as Kerrang Magazine stated in 1981 that it was the greatest Heavy Metal album ever recorded while Rolling Stone ranked it 48TH on their 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time list while Loudwire ranked it 20TH on their Best 50 Metal Albums Of All Time list. The album peaked at number 48 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts while going gold in the UK in 1979.

rainbow-823-6552-cd1. Tarot Woman– The track starts off with a cool spacey keyboard playing by Carey before the band eventually comes in led by Dio’s powerful vocals. I believe the track is about someone who is afraid of what the fortune teller has told them. The tarck features a cool solo by Blackmore. 5/5

2. Run With The Wolf– A track that kind of has a funky rock swagger to it as Dio leads the charge in this track that is all about werewolves I believe. I definitely am a fan of how the keys mix in very nicely with the guitars, they make a great pair in this track. 4.5/5

3. Starstruck– A cool rock track that is all about every rockers favorite types of fans in groupies, but this is apparently about one that took it a little too far and found out where he lived. 4.5/5

4. Do You Close Your Eyes-This is a cool rock track that seems to be about a girl that he knows that he can’t seem to figure out what her deal is, but all that he hopes is that she is into him like he is into her. 4.5/5

RAINBOW_RAINBOW+RISING-233360b5. Stargazer– An epic track on the album that starts off with a drum solo by Powell before Blackmore and company bring the thunder in a track that also features the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, a Vako Orchestron, and a turkish string instrument. The song is apparently a moral song that was written in the perspective of an slave in Egyptian times  that is forced to build something because a wizard becomes obsessed with flying to the stars. 5/5

6. A Light in the Black– The last track on the album that is another 8 minute epic track that is the sequel to the previous track that still follows this slave who attempts to try and fly home now that the wizard has fallen. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– The weird thing about this album is that side two is so drastically different than the first side. The first side is a little more Purple rock side while the second side is more of that Dio awesomeness that we all love. Stargazer is definitely my favorite track on the album, but A Light In The Black is great and Tarot Woman is great too. I am going to give the album 4.75 stars out of five for a final grade.

war of the covers  perfect strangers.jpgLast week, we went on the lighter side of the spectrum of music with a hard rock classic in Street Fighting Man by The Rolling Stones and between Motley Crue and Tesla, you voted and chose Motley Crue as the winner by half the votes. This week we have another hard rock classic for you guys to vote on, but this is a unique one because it’s a battle of metal subgenres. This week we are checking out the classic 1984 track Perfect Strangers which was the title track to Deep Purple’s 11TH studio album (check out the review here). The album was iconic because it featured the return of Deep Purple’s famous Mark II lineup consisting of Ian Gillan, Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord, Roger Glover, and Ian Paice. Now you are probably wondering what two bands did I find that covered the track that pin certain metal sub-genres against each other? In one corner, we have progressive metal legends Dream Theater who covered the track for their 1995 EP A Change Of Seasons. In the other corner, we have legendary symphonic black metal legends Dimmu Borgir who covered the song on their 2010 album Abrahadabra. Now only one version can prevail and it’s up to you to make the choice. You have until the next War Of The Covers to decide.

 

pedal-2016-promoLast night was Alumni Takeover Weekend over at Bridgewater State University’s radio station WBIM 91.5FM. The reason it’s special and why I did a show is because that is my Alma Mater and I was a DJ at the radio station where I hosted the show Pedal To The Metal. It’s a tradition that has been going on for some time at the school during Homecoming weekend where alumni of the station will come and take over the station for a weekend. It’s an awesome tradition that I wish was more than just one weekend a year because it’s so nice to run into some familiar faces and hear some stories from some of the guys that came before you. I want to go ahead and thank John Coombs for putting this together once again and I hope he feels better, it wasn’t the same without him there. I also want to thank the school for allowing us to do this and the current staff at WBIM for allowing us to come and takeover the station from them. Here is my playlist from that featured a special Black Sabbath medley (of sorts).

1. Inside The Fire by Disturbed

2. The Threat Is Real by Megadeth

3. Square Hammer by Ghost

4. Room 24 by Volbeat

5. One Of Us Is The Killer by The Dillinger Escape Plan

6. Turn Off The Radio by A Day To Remember

7. Babylon’s Burning by W.A.S.P.

8. Brotherhood Of Man by Motorhead

9. On With The Show by Motley Crue

10. Children Of The Grave (Vocalist Medley) by Black Sabbath*

11. Sail Away by Deep Purple

12. Metal Gods by Judas Priest

* Vocalist Medley featured Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Martin, and Ronnie James Dio on the same track.

We are doing something a little different this week as we are taking the Unsigned Band Of The Week post overseas to Europe. We decided to hope on a plane from Manchester, New Hampshire and we traveled all the way to Norway to check out Wasteland Rocks, a female fronted metal band out of Ålesund, Norway. You are probably asking how did I hear about Wasteland Rocks and it’s quite simple. I posted one of my articles about Deep Purple on Twitter and the band reached out to me with their cover version of the track Perfect Strangers which is also the track I chose to share with all of you. The band recorded the track back in 2004, but it’s pretty bad ass and heavy. Lead singer Linda Eidset has some incredible pipes as she shows it off making Ian Gillan proud I’m sure. The band does an incredible job with the track as well considering they are doing it without the organs and credit goes to the guitarists on the track.This is definitely a band to pay attention to and you can do so by giving them a like on Facebook and a follow on Twitter. Otherwise check out the track below:

deep purpleFor this week’s album of the week, I wanted to choose an album from a band that I respected and was in the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. So, the band i chose for today is none other than this years inductee Deep Purple and I chose their album Perfect StrangersPerfect Strangers  was the band’s first album since 1975’s Come Taste The Band and it was the first album since 1973’s Who Do We Think We Are with the mark II lineup. The mark II lineup consisted of Ritchie Blackmore (Guitar), Roger Glover (Bass), Ian Gillan (Vocals), Jon Lord (Keys and Organ), and Ian Paice (Drums). It is the most successful album the band had ever recorded in their careers and cemented them as legends as their tour out-grossed every artist except Bruce Springsteen. The album peaked at number 17 on The Billboard Top 200 charts and it went number one in Switzerland. The album also peaked at number two in Norway and Germany, three in Sweden, and five in the UK and Austria. The album went Platinum both in the US and Canada (even though the measurements are different) and Gold in the UK and Germany. Kerrang! Magazine also voted it the number 7TH ranked album in their end of the year lists for top albums of 1984.

deep purple 21. Knocking At Your Back Door– This is definitely one of the funniest stories because just from the title you can imagine what the song is about. Ian Gillan tells the story, “There’s this guy named Redbeard, from a radio station down in Texas. He phoned me up after it had been played on every radio station in America and said, ‘Is this what I think it’s about?’ And I said, ‘Yeah.’ And he said, ‘It’s amazing, every radio station in America is playing a song written about anal sex and they don’t even realize what’s going on.’ And I was like, well it’s not in-your-face anal sex, it’s just a joke. It just came about with the lyrics. It’s no big deal. But it’s a humorous thing and not meant to be offensive. And I think it was just an afterthought. It certainly wasn’t what inspired the song.” 5/5

2. Under the Gun– a very cool track with some cool organ playing over the sonic assault of Blackmore in a track that was conscious of the issues facing the world. 4.5/5

3. Nobody’s Home– The track starts off with a cool intro before the guitars kick in this cool track about a relationship gone wrong. 4/5

4. Mean Streak– rock and roll madness about a girl that is a complete bad ass mamba that no one wants to mess with. 4/5

deep purple 35. Perfect Strangers– The title track to the album is one of my all time favorite Deep Purple tracks and one of my favorite riffs from them. The song deals with reincarnation in means of one talking to their former self. The only problem is that present and past must remain perfect strangers. Ritchie Blackmore has also gone on to say that it’s his favorite song ever even with the fact that it doesn’t contain a guitar solo.  5/5

6. A Gypsy’s Kiss– a pretty cool track that starts off bluesy with a charging riff before the band kicks in and raises the octane in this track where he describes various people from various areas of the world. 4/5

7. Wasted Sunsets– A slower tempo than most of the track on the album with a real bluesy feel to it about a guy who realizes that way too many days have passed him by. 4.5/5

8. Hungry Daze– A cool rock track with some of that excellent playing from Jon Lord in a track that is retrospective of the band’s career. 4/5

9. Not Responsible– On some formats this was a bonus track and it has a monstrous riff to it that rocks in this track that deals with a guy who does what he wants on this journey called life and says he is not responsible for what occurs. It was the first track the band did that featured profanity in the lyrics. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– As I said, this was definitely one of my favorite Deep Purple records and it showcased what the band was capable of and they were more mature by that time. There are some real classics on this album that should not be ignored. I am going to give the album 4.3 stars out of five for a final grade.

2016 rock hall.pngThe rock and roll hall of fame from time to time has shown us how off they are at recognizing who belongs and when they deserve to get in. Guns N Roses, Metallica, Van Halen, and Green Day were all inducted into the hall of fame before Deep Purple and Cheap Trick. If it weren’t for bands like them, none of these bands would be around. For years, the hall had snubbed acts like Rush and Kiss inducting these bands way after the time they were eligible to be placed in. This year, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame made up for some hefty mistakes as they finally inducted Deep Purple and Cheap Trick into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Class Of 2016. It has been a long time coming for a band that has had so many members and so many amazing albums over the years n Deep Purple. Along with the two, the Hall also inducted Gangster Rap pioneers N.W.A., Steve Miller, and Chicago.

maxresdefault.jpgIt’s kind of ironic how Deep Purple was in the news before the announcement talking about the Hall Of Fame and now they’re in. Ian Paice, the drummer for Deep Purple recently spoke about being inducted saying, “I knew it would probably happen one day. I do appreciate how difficult it probably was for them to do it with so many lineups, so many different members. It’s a minefield, really. I suppose it’s rather nice.” That’s Ian Paice being optimistic, but earlier in the week he suggested it could be chaotic when the band members step on stage. He spoke about what could happen on stage saying, “You also have to bear in mind, that if some people are inducted together, it could end in a punch-up. I don’t need to tell anyone certain key members and former members of this band do not get on. Personally, I think they would be better off inducting us individually. That avoids the problem.” Nevertheless, he is happy about the induction as we are as well. When asked if Ritchie Blackmore would be there, Ian said this, “That’s questionable. He can confuse you sometimes. You think he’ll do one thing and he’ll do the other. I wouldn’t put money either way on that one.”

PaiceyWhat Line up will be inducted, well here is what Loudwire.com pointed out about all the different incarnations of Deep Purple, “Before splitting up in 1976, there were famously four incarnations of the band, labeled MK I, II, III and IV. MK I included singer Rod Evans and scored hits with covers like “Hush” and “Kentucky Woman,” II was the most successful including frontman Ian Gillan, III saw the entrance of David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes and IV experienced the departure of Ritchie Blackmore and a one-off album with guitarist Tommy Bolin who died of an overdose before the band folded. The MK II lineup reunited in 1984 and famously stormed back withPerfect Strangers. Deep Purple have undergone several lineup changes since, but still remain active on tour and in the studio.” I’ll be interested to see where the drama leads us before April 8, 2016 when the bands are inducted. Stay tuned for more info as it comes.