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Deep Purple – Infinite

 

Deep Purple – Infinite

After four years since their last release ‘Now What’ – which took them to the top of the charts worldwide again – Deep Purple are back with their new release ‘Infinity’, and what a belter it is; with ten tracks of pure, melodic, hard-hitting, blues-inspired rock.

Deep Purple hold the title of being one of the most influential British rock bands of all time, having sold over 120 million albums worldwide which are all universally loved. They were recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, having inspired and shaped many hard rock musicians over the years.

The release starts with Time for Bedlam, which begins with a galactic distorted voice before it leads into classic Deep Purple. With thundering guitars and classic vocals, an unusual mish-mash of guitars, distorted keyboards and sound effects comes in around the three minute mark which is a joy to behold. The track finishes with the weird distorted lyrics that it began with, before we head into Hip Boots,which is a totally different style of track altogether. It’s bold and brassy, with a distinct country and blues vibe, big vocals and blues guitars. This is a sublime track from this release, and the vocals are spot on.

All I Got is You and One Night In Vegas are two more different styles of tracks with the former starting as more of a bluesy ballad, before getting into classic Deep Purple with some decadent organ work overlaid with a great guitar riff and pedal distortion – a whole harmonious amalgamation of instrumentation. The latter takes on a different path, with its roots in country and even some piano in the style of jazz and some synth work to really mix it up. It’s also got an awesome eclectic mix of instrumentation to keep the listener guessing again and again as to where the album will take them next.

Get Me Outta Here is closer to Time for Bedlam in style, with an off-kilter beat and more organ and synth, combined with solid guitar riffs. The vocals are deep and snarling, giving the track a decent bit of groove to set it up high from the previous tracks. Following on from this track is The Surprising, which is a ballad which invokes hints of old school Iron Maiden for some reason, however it is a very cool track and my favourite so far from this album; with creepy sound effects mid-way which would not sound out of place on an episode of the Munsters.

Johnny’s Band and On Top of the World are more of the same, both with sounds deeply rooted in a folksy rock vein, more classic Deep Purple wonderment. They sway between varying influences of blues and jazz, with a cavalcade of chunky guitar riffs, solos and a classy walking bass section in the former, and a distorted spoken section in the latter, which seems to echo the sentiment of the rest of the album with the galactic theme and blues riffs.

Birds of Prey is a wonderful penultimate interlude for the album, with the intro echoing the motion of a bird of prey in flight, before the guitars hit you like a sledgehammer. Roadhouse Blues is a great finale to this album, starting with a drum solo and more blues vibes before the guitars and jazz piano hit.

In summary, the album is a very enticing and intriguing new release from Deep Purple, though still reminiscent of ‘Now What?’ from 2013. The spacey, galactic themes echo the albums name of ‘Infinite’, suggesting the infinite reaches of space and the stratospheric height of instrument craftsmanship that gets demonstrated throughout this record. It is a very cool, chilled out release; and is truly a joy to the ears to behold. As I mentioned before, it is in a similar vein to ‘Now What’, but that is not necessarily a bad thing in my opinion as that too was a very strong record from Deep Purple. The production is positively second to none, and it is stunningly cohesive throughout the record, a true testament to the legendary name of Deep Purple. I found this release highly enjoyable, and since it has been released on April 7th, get on and get listening to it.

Niki Flynn

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