DEEP PURPLE – Infinite

DEEP PURPLE - Infinite
  • 8/10
    DEEP PURPLE - Infinite - 8/10


Release date: April 17, 2017

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6/10 (2 votes)

Deep Purple’s new album Infinite cleverly has the “dp” logo forming an infinity loop on the cover’s center, echoing every artist’s desire for their work to have infinite impact. Listeners desire also to have an infinite amount of new music from artists they love. These desires run especially strong with bands who have careers and catalogues as enduring as Purple’s—next year will mark the 50th anniversary of their first album, Shades Of Deep Purple. But new material from a revered band is invariably met with equal levels of excitement and fear—what if the legends have lost the plot?

Fortunately, with Infinite Purple banish that fear before the first song is finished. “Time For Bedlam” segues quickly from an ominous spoken opening to a solid wall of sound.  Eight of the nine tracks that follow combine classic Deep Purple elements—the foundation of rhythm, the flourishes and solo-trading of keyboard and guitar, the classic Gillan wail on “Get Me Out Of Here”—with new touches that make the material at once familiar and fresh.  Gillan is his usual masterful self, handling the bluesy rockers like “One Night In Vegas” and moody slower material like “The Surprising” with equal deftness. The one exception is a superfluous run-through of The Doors’ “Roadhouse Blues”. Here Gillan sounds bored, his delivery laconic, lacking the urgent, shamanistic tone of the original. It isn’t a poor rendition exactly, but why bother?  Despite the misstep, Infinite is a very strong, very heavy album, one certain to excite legacy listeners and new fans alike.



  • Daniel Waters

    Daniel was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio. Iron Maiden’s Piece Of Mind wasn’t the first Metal album he owned, but it was the one that lifted the lid off his soul when he received the record as a gift on his 15th birthday. He's been a Metal fan ever since. He's probably best known as the author of various Young Adult novels such as the Generation Dead series and the ghost story Break My Heart 1,000 Times, now also a major motion picture entitled I Still See You, starring Bella Thorne. Writing and music, especially Heavy Metal music, has always been inextricably linked in his mind and career. His first paid gig doing any type of writing was for Cemetery Dance, where he wrote a horror-themed music column called Dead Beats, and when he was writing the first Generation Dead novel he had a ritual where he started his writing day with a Metal playlist that kicked off with “Crushing Belial” by Shadows Fall.

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