Deep Purple To Release First Ever Covers Set Next Month

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Apparently, it looks like the members of Deep Purple are not ready to call it a career just yet.

There was speculation last year that the band was going to call it a career after releasing its album, Whoosh! A news release distributed Wednesday seems to hint otherwise, though. The document states the band is scheduled to release a new album, titled Turning to Crime Nov. 26 through earMUSIC.

The record is the band’s first ever covers collection. Its first single, ‘7 and 7’ released Wednesday. The record’s track listing is noted below.

TRACK LISTING

1) 7 And 7 Is

2) Rockin’ Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu

3) Oh Well

4) Jenny Take A Ride!

5) Watching The River Flow

6) Let The Good Times Roll

7) Dixie Chicken

8) Shapes Of Things

9) The Battle Of New Orleans

10) Lucifer

11) White Room

12) Caught In The Act [Medley: Going Down /Green Onions / Hot ‘Lanta /Dazed and Confused / Gimme Some Lovin’ ]

More information on Whoosh! is available online along with all of Deep Purple’s latest news and more at:

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Blackmore’s Night Debuts New Single, Companion Video

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Blackmore’s Night debuted its latest single this weekend, along with the song’s video.

The band debuted its new single, ‘Second Element’ Friday, along with the song’s video, and as explained by singer Candice Night, ‘Second Element’ is a cover of a song made famous by Sarah Brightman.

“We’ve been big fans of Sarah Brightman for many years…When we heard the song on an album that she had done many years ago, we just instantly fell in love with it,” said Night. “It’s really still a love song, but it’s a love song to the element of water, and how water is the source of our lives…it was just such a fascinating concept.”

The song is the third single from the band’s latest album, Nature’s Light. Its premiere follows that of the songs ‘Four Winds‘ and ‘Once Upon December

The performance of ‘Second Element’ that Blackmore’s Night presents in its new album stays largely true to its source material, while making some slight, subtle changes to the instrumentation and vocal style. The updated take takes into consideration, Night’s more operatic, Celine Dion style vocals for instance.

The video that accompanies the song incorporates the use of various water-related images and footage to tie into Night’s noted statement about water’s connection to life.

More information on Blackmore’s Night’s new album, single, and video is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Longtime, Casual Fans Alike Will Enjoy The Latest LP From Blackmore’s Night

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Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night are scheduled to release their latest album Friday under the Blackmore’s Night moniker.  The release of the record, dubbed Nature’s Light, will come more than six years after the release of the band’s then latest album, All Our Yesterdays.  The 10-song record is certain to appeal primarily to the band’s established fan base and slightly to guitar rock purists, thanks in part to its musical arrangements.  This will be addressed shortly.  The readily accessible lyrical content featured throughout the album add to the record’s appeal.  It will be discussed a little later.  Rounding out the record’s most important elements is its production, which will also be discussed later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the album’s presentation.  All things considered, they make the record in whole a work that will appeal to Blackmore’s Night’s established fan base.

Nature’s Light, the latest album from Blackmore’s Night, is a presentation that will find wide appeal among the act’s established fan base.  That is proven primarily through the recording’s musical arrangements.  The medieval style approach and sound exhibited in each of the record’s songs are everything that audiences have come to expect from the band throughout its catalog.  At the same time, the instrumental tracks ‘Darker Shade of Black’ and ‘Der Letzte Musketier’ offer audiences a more modern approach and sound.  The latter is a subtle, catchy, blues-based work that will appeal to fans of the likes of Joe Bonamassa and Joe Satriani.  To a lesser degree, listeners can even make a comparison to works from the likes of ZZ Top.  The prior track on the other hand, is its own unique presentation.  The organ, bass, and cello pair with the choral element and guitar to give this song a unique blend of classic rock and classical elements that will resonate with a wide range of listeners.  The more renaissance style works meanwhile, will connect with audiences who prefer that familiar sound from the band.  Night’s vocals are equally impressive in the more upbeat moments, such as in ‘Four Winds,’ and ‘Feather in the Wind’ and in the lighter moments, such as the tambourine-laden album opener/lead single, ‘Once Upon A December’ and the mournful ballad ‘Wish You Were Here.’  Blackmore’s own performance alongside that of Night makes for its own engagement and entertainment throughout, as do those of the duo’s accompanists this time around.  All things considered, the musical content featured in this album clearly offers plenty for any listener.  The familiar renaissance style and sound exhibited here will appeal to the band’s established audience base while the instrumentals will appeal to more casual audiences.  Considering all of this, the musical content featured in Nature’s Light assures its success just in its musical content.  It is just a portion of what makes the record work, too.  The record’s overall lyrical content does its own part to ensure listeners’ engagement and entertainment. 

The lyrical content that is featured along with the album’s musical arrangements is important to address because of its diversity and introspective nature.  Given, the topic of relationships permeates the record, with three songs – ‘Nature’s Light,’ ‘Wish You Were Here’ and ‘Second Element’ – touching on the topic.  Even with that abundance of songs that take on the all-too-familiar topic, it is not the record’s only lyrical topic.  ‘Once Upon A Christmas’ for instance is its own unique story about Jesus’ birth.  ‘Four Winds,’ on the other hand, is a deeply moving story about a young woman finding her place in the world.  It is essentially an allegorical tale.  ‘The Twisted Oak’ is yet another example of the diversity in the album’s lyrical themes.  This song is a deeply introspective work that finds its subject just looking for “The peace of mind I’ve left behind.”  The whole song finds its subject alone in a quiet, calm space in the forest, searching for that mental and emotional clarity.  This is a work that will resonate with a wide range of listeners, considering everyone searches for that clarity on a daily basis.  To that end, it is one more example of the importance of Nature’s Light’s lyrical themes.  When it is considered along with the other themes noted here and those not directly addressed, that whole leaves no doubt as to the role that said content plays in the album.  When the record’s lyrical and musical content join, the whole makes even clearer why Nature’s Light will appeal to Blackmore’s Night’s established audience base and even more casual listeners.  That collective content is, overall, just part of what make it a successful record.  The record’s production brings everything together to complete the record’s presentation.

The production that went into Nature’s Light is important because that element brought out the tiniest of nuances from the record’s renaissance style works and even its more modern works.  For instance, the balance between Night’s smooth vocal delivery style and sound with the ancient instruments in ‘Feather in the Wind’ gives this song a wonderful old almost Celtic sound.  That is attributed to the work of those behind the glass.  There is so much happening here, but thanks to the expert production, not one part overpowers another here.  It all balances to make the song one of the album’s most surprisingly enjoyable arrangements.  The more modern style of ‘Der Letzte Muketier’ required its own attention in terms of the production.  That is due to the subtleties in the guitar line and even the organ line that opens the song.  The dynamics and balance in the notes as they are played is its own tribute to the balance in the sound levels there.  The result is that that line alone creates such depth.  It conjures thoughts of Deep Purple for the most brief of moments.  It’s yet another moment that shows the role of the record’s production.  When the production overall is considered along with the song’s musical and lyrical content, that whole makes the album in whole certain to succeed among longtime fans of Blackmore’s Night and even more casual fans.

Blackmore’s Night’s latest full-length studio recording is a presentation that will find wide-ranging success among the band’s established audience base and even casual fans.  That is proven in part through the record’s musical arrangements, which are largely everything that the band’s longtime fans have come to expect from the group.  They and the band’s more casual fans will also enjoy the more modern style instrumental tracks that accompany the more familiar renaissance style works.  The lyrical themes that accompany the record’s musical arrangements are important because of their depth and slight diversity.  The record’s production rounds out its most important of the record’s elements.  It ensures that every nuance of every arrangement is attended to throughout.  That attention to detail paid off, too.  When this element is considered along with the album’s overall content, all things considered make the album a work that will appeal widely to longtime fans of Blackmore’s Night.  What’s more, casual listeners will find it worth hearing at least once.  The record is scheduled for release Friday through earMusic.

More information on Blackmore’s Night’s new album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttp://www.Blackmoresnight.com

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Twitterhttp://twitter.com/TruCandiceNight

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Blackmore’s Night Debuts New Single, ‘Four Winds’

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Blackmore’s Night unveiled another single from its forthcoming weekend this week.

The band debuted its new single ‘Four Winds‘ Friday. The song is the second single from the band’s forthcoming album Nature’s Light, which is scheduled for release March 12 through earMusic (distributed by BFD/The Orchard). It follows the debut of the album’s lead single, ‘Once Upon December‘ last month. The band has scheduled the debut of the ‘Four Winds’ lyric video for Jan. 29.

The band’s new single boasts in its musical arrangement, its familiar Renaissance syle approach, complete with lute and guitar. The addition of the operatic style vocals from Candice Night and drums give the song a more modern sound at the same time. The balance of the elements makes the arrangement in whole its own unique presentation from the band.

Night discussed the lyrical content featured in the new single in a prepared statement.

“‘Four Winds’ is the story of two girls, actually inspired by two of my oldest friendships”, said Night. “One who left Long Island and moved to California and one who left to move to Virginia. Going to across the country to California and living on the water was where the first girl felt the call to her soul, being able to watch the dolphins in the water and living the life by the ocean, while the other one took a very different path and felt the call to the woods inspired by wolves and other woodland creatures.”

“They both have equal importance in this storyline and are ultimately a part of me and perhaps of everyone, being pulled away from the stress of their current surroundings and looking for escape,” added Night. “If you feel stagnant or repressed in your surroundings, it’s important to take a break from the mundane and go where your heart leads you. It allows you to recharge and begin again with fresh and renewed energy. For some it is the ocean, for some the woods, for some feeling the sun on your face, others need to immerse in moonlight. Ultimately, we are all a part of the same story, the same picture and as the song says, “we’re all part of the trees and part of the seas and ready to start again…”.

Pre-orders are open for Nature’s Light.

The album will release on CD, digital, 180-gram gatefold vinyl, limited edition heavyweight yellow vinyl gatefold and limited edition 2CD hardcover mediabook The second disc featured in the limited edition release will contain a variety of songs from the band’s catalog.

The album’s track listing is noted below.

TRACKLIST

1.) ONCE UPON DECEMBER
2.) FOUR WINDS
3.) FEATHER IN THE WIND
4.) DARKER SHADE OF BLACK (INSTRUMENTAL)
5.) THE TWISTED OAK
6.) NATURE’S LIGHT
7.) DER LETZTE MUSKETIER (INSTRUMENTAL)
8.) WISH YOU WERE HERE (2021)
9.) GOING TO THE FAIRE
10.) SECOND ELEMENT

More information on Blackmore’s Night’s new album, single, and video is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Twitterhttp://twitter.com/TruCandiceNight

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Blackmore’s Night Announces Release Date, Cover Art, Track Listing For New LP

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Blackmore’s Night will release its latest album this year.

The band is scheduled to release its new album Nature’s Light March 12 through earMusic (distributed by BFD/The Orchard). The record is the band’s 11th album. Pre-orders are open.

The album will release on CD, digital, 180-gram gatefold vinyl, limited edition heavyweight yellow vinyl gatefold and limited edition 2CD hardcover mediabook The second disc featured in the limited edition release will contain a variety of songs from the band’s catalog.

The album’s track listing is noted below.

TRACKLIST

1.) ONCE UPON DECEMBER
2.) FOUR WINDS
3.) FEATHER IN THE WIND
4.) DARKER SHADE OF BLACK (INSTRUMENTAL)
5.) THE TWISTED OAK
6.) NATURE’S LIGHT
7.) DER LETZTE MUSKETIER (INSTRUMENTAL)
8.) WISH YOU WERE HERE (2021)
9.) GOING TO THE FAIRE
10.) SECOND ELEMENT

In anticipation of the album’s release, Blackmore’s Night debuted the lyric video for the album’s lead single ‘Once Upon December‘ last month. The video features the song’s lyrics placed over the backdrop of a cold, snowy night as the song plays over the visualization.

The musical arrangement featured in the song presents the familiar Renaissance style sound for which Blackmore’s Night has come to be known over the years, complete with the semi-operatic style vocals of vocalist Candice Night. The lyrical content is itself a winter/holiday-themed presentation that even hints slightly at the narrator telling the story of Christ’s birth.

More information on Blackmore’s Night’s new album, single, and video is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: http://www.Blackmoresnight.com

Facbeook: http://www.facebook.com/blackmoresnightofficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/TruCandiceNight

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If ‘Whoosh!’ Is Deep Purple’s Last Album, Then It Sends The Band Out At The Top Of Its Game

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More than fifty years ago, Deep Purple started on a road that would eventually make it one of the most popular and revered acts in the music business.  This Friday, the end of that road will start coming into view when the band releases its 21st and possibly last album, Whoosh!  If in fact the album is the band’s last, then it is a presentation of the band going out on top.  That is proven in part through the album’s musical arrangements, which will be addressed shortly.  Its lyrical themes play into its presentation just as much as its musical arrangements.  They will be discussed a little later.  The album’s sequencing puts the finishing touch to its presentation.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the album.  All things considered, they make Whoosh! one of this year’s top new rock albums without question.

Deep Purple’s forthcoming new album Whoosh! is an unquestioned success for the veteran rock band.  From beginning to end, the 51-minute album offers audiences plenty to appreciate, beginning with its musical arrangements.  The arrangements by and large present a sound and approach that is classic Deep Purple.  At the same time, the album also shows the band moving in a new direction, giving hope that maybe, just maybe this album does not mark the beginning of the end for the band.  Of the album’s vintage style works, one of the most notable is ‘The Long Way Round,’ which comes late in the album’s nearly hour-long run.  Guitarist Steve Morse and bassist Roger Glover form the foundation for the song’s arrangement while keyboardist Don Airey, drummer Ian Paice and front man Ian Gillan add their own touches to the song.  Between Morse’s straight forward riffs Paice’s equally simple, straight forward drumming, Airey’s approach on the keys and Gillan’s expertly honed vocals, the whole sounds like a work that would fit on any of the band’s existing records.  Much the same can be said of the bluesy arrangement at the center of ‘No Need To Shout.’  This song’s arrangement is another direct throwback to Deep Purple’s catalog in so many ways.  ‘Dancing in my Sleep’ meanwhile is more of a modern work that mixes some prog elements with its traditional rock side.  The best explanation that can be made is that it has a bit of a bluesy, prog-fusion sound in its arrangement that stands out from most of the band’s existing body of work.  It holds its own so well alongside the rest of the album’s songs and in turn proves its own worth in the bigger picture of the album’s musical content.  When all of this content is considered along with the rest of the album’s musical content, the whole of said content makes this aspect clearly a key aspect to Whoosh!  It is just one of the album’s most important elements.  The record’s lyrical content adds its own share of appeal to its presentation.

The lyrical themes that are featured in Whoosh! are largely social commentaries.  Case in point is the song ‘Drop The Weapon.’  It comes across as a commentary about the level of violence that is happening in the world today.  As Gillan sings in the song’s lead verse, “Everybody’s shouting/Working up a sweat/Steppin’ on the lines/You know what happens next/More trouble/Than anyone can use/It’s a predetermined thing/You lose your right to choose/No way to turn it around/You’ve got no more time to calm yourself down/Once you push the button,  man/It’s comin’ to a head/Pretty soon, babe/You’ll be a long time dead/Little brother, I’m telling you now/Your pride can take a hit/Little brother/Take a breath/Cool off, man/Forget about it/Drop the weapon/Kick it away/Drop your gun the other way/Drop the weapon/Live another day/Drop you blade/Listen to what I say.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “Who you trying to impress…You just a small kid/Now you’re reputation got a minor stain/It’ll be washed away by tomorrow’s rain.”  From there, Gillan makes note of “streets of violence”, again making clear the statement here.  This is a reaction to the violence that has ravaged America and the world.  It is a heavy topic to take on, but the band has done an impressive job of handling it here.  It’s just one way in which the album’s lyrical content proves so pivotal to its presentation.  ‘Nothing At All’ is another key example of the importance of the album’s lyrical themes.

‘Nothing At All’ comes across as a statement about what has happened to the planet in general and how humans have impacted the Earth.  In fact Gillan made mention of that in a recent interview, noting that the song is a reaction to the lack of concern that humans are showing for the planet.  He sings in the song’s lead verse, “I’m talking to myself again/Waving to a passing friend I’ve known since I don’t know when/Just a few of us walk arm in arm/It’s innocent and charming/The children seem to be getting alarmed/Don’t worry kids/It’s nothing at all/When I hear about the doom and gloom that’s around the corner and coming soon/I take a sip of mother’s ruin and sit with my back to the wall/It’s nothing at all/And the old lady smiled/It’s nothing at all/And she blew all the leaves off my tree.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “And the junk that sails our seven seas/Is very nearly up to my knees/But the platitudes and pleasantries/Keep saying it’s nothing at all/I’ll deal with it on another day/If I close my eyes it’ll go away/So bottoms up, boys, and what do you say/Really it’s nothing at all.”  Gillan’s commentary is proven without doubt here.  It is a sharp, yet playful indictment of the indifference that so much of the world seems to have taken in regards to the direction that things have taken and that they are taking around the world.  It’s a theme that is certain to resonate with listeners, and just one more example of the importance of the album’s lyrical themes.  ‘Man Alive’ is one more example of that importance.

‘Man Alive’ is a somewhat post apocalyptic song, and makes its own statement.  Gillan talked about the song’s theme in an interview with Billboard, noting that it asks the questions, “what is the use of one man?”  The song uses the noted post apocalyptic setting in which that one man is the only living human on Earth to raise the question.  It really is a deep concept.  Gillan sings in the song’s lead verse, “All creatures great and small/Graze on blood red soil/And grass that grows on city streets/It’s been a quiet town/Since the juice went down/Now something’s washed up/On the beach/A man alive.”  From there, the story is told about how mankind was erased from the planet.  The song’s video adds in imagery of a nuclear power plant, garbage, and chemicals being pumped into the air to help illustrate and translate that bigger message of what one person can do.  This song is, overall, a lyrical discussion on being more aware of everything happening and taking the time to make a difference in any way possible.  It goes hand in hand with so much other lyrical content featured in this album. It is just as engaging as that noted other content.  When all of the album’s lyrical content is featured together, it leaves zero doubt as to the role that it plays in the bigger picture of Whoosh!  It all proves to be just as important to the album’s presentation as the record’s musical arrangements.  The two elements together more than make the album worth hearing.  Of course they are not the album’s only important elements.  Its sequencing rounds out its most important elements.

The sequencing of Whoosh! is critical to its presentation because it does just as much to keep audiences engaged and entertained as the album’s content.  On one hand, listeners are led to believe that the record may in fact be sequenced as a concept album of sorts.  That is inferred as the album’s booklet (and track listing in the album’s case) separates the album’s tracks into two “acts.”  The first act is composed of the album’s six songs and the second its next six.  The bonus track ‘Dancing in my Sleep’ serves as its own standalone song.  While this critic has not succeeded in finding any discussion on whether that was intentional, it can only be inferred that dividing the album in such fashion would make it exactly that, even though band member Ian Gillan has said the album’s title does not bear any significance.  The clear messages in the album’s lyrical themes would hint that this likely was intended to maybe not be a traditional concept album, but a concept album nonetheless.  Maybe it is meant to deliver a dozen songs that tell the overall story of where the world might be headed, considering again the lyrical content.

On another level the album’s sequencing ensures its energy remains relatively stable from start to end.  There are some stylistic changes here and there, such as in ‘Nothing At All,’ ‘Step By Step,’ and ‘Man Alive’ that help to break up the album and keep things interesting.  ‘Man Alive’ is especially interesting because it has higher energy moments and more reserved moments all within its five minute, 36 second run.  Keeping it in mind along with the songs that are more up-tempo throughout the album, the whole of the album’s energy rises and falls at all of the right points.  What’s more, it keeps the album’s lyrical themes changing up from one to the next, making for even more interest.  Keeping this in mind along with the importance of this album’s overall content, the whole of it all makes Whoosh! a powerful new offering from one of rock’s most respected (and rightfully so) acts.  If it is indeed the band’s finale, then it is a fond farewell for the band.

Deep Purple’s 21st and potentially last album Whoosh! is a welcome return for the band.  There is rumor that this could be the band’s final album.  If indeed that is the case, it shows the band is going out at the top of its game.  That is proven in part through its musical arrangements, which present audiences with familiar musical approaches but unique arrangements in their own right.  The album’s lyrical themes presents some through provoking lyrical themes, adding even more to the album’s appeal.  The album’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements, making for an aesthetic appeal just as much as appeal for content.  Each noted item is important in its own way to the whole of this record.  All things considered, they make Whoosh! one of the best of this year’s new rock albums.  The album is scheduled for release Friday through earMUSIC.

More information on Whoosh! is available online along with all of Deep Purple’s latest news and more at:

Websitehttp://www.deep-purple.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/officialdeeppurple

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/_DeepPurple

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Deep Purple Debuts New LP’s Third Single

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Deep Purple debuted the latest single from its forthcoming album this week.

The band debuted its new single ‘Nothing At All‘ Friday.  The song is the third song from the band’s forthcoming album Whoosh!, which is scheduled for release Aug. 7 through earMUSIC.  It comes more than three months after the band debuted the video for the album’s lead single ‘Throw My Bones‘ and more than two months after the band debuted the video for the album’s second single ‘Man Alive.’

The musical arrangement at the center of ‘Nothing At All’ is pure classic Deep Purple, complete with keyboards, guitars and simple yet effective time keeping.  It will take listeners back to Deep Purple’s infancy in the best way possible.

The song’s lyrical theme come across as a social statement about what has happened to the world and how mankind has impacted the planet.

Whoosh! is scheduled for release Aug. 7 on limited edition CD/DVD mediabook combo pack, standard CD and digital.  Pre-orders are open now.  the album’s track listing is noted below.

 

Track list:
1.) Throw My Bones
2.) Drop The Weapon
3.) We’re All The Same In The Dark
4.) Nothing At All
5.) No Need To Shout
6.) Step By Step
7.) What The What
8.) The Long Way Around
9.) The Power Of The Moon
10.) Remission Possible
11.) Man Alive
12.) And The Address
13.) Dancing In My Sleep

Vinyl Side Split:

Side A: Throw My Bones / Drop The Weapon / We’re All The Same In The Dark / Nothing At All
Side B: No Need To Shout / Step By Step / What The What
Side C: The Long Way Round / The Power Of The Moon / Remission Possible / Man Alive
Side D: And The Address / Dancing In My Sleep

The band’s 21st (yes, 21st) album, it is also the third produced by Bob Ezrin (Lou Reed, Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd).  The first of the trio, Now What?! (2013) reached #1 in five European nations and reached Top 10 status in 15 nations globally.  The second Deep Purple album produced by Ezrin, inFinite (2017), reached #1 in Germany and Switzerland, and earned Top 5 status in 11 European nations.  It charted at #105 on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 chart.

More information on Whoosh! is available online along with all of Deep Purple’s latest news and more at:

 

Websitehttp://www.deep-purple.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/officialdeeppurple

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/_DeepPurple

 

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‘Live In Carthage’ Is A Positive Start For Myrath’s Live Catalog

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The global outbreak of COVID-19 has all but decimated the live music this year.  Stages the world over have gone dark and silent out of an overabundance of caution among promoters and bands alike.  As a result, audiences have been scrambling, looking for live content anywhere they can find it, whether online or otherwise.  Progressive metal outfit Myrath, ironically, released its debut live recording Live in Carthage right around the time that the outbreak really started impacting the United States.  The band’s first live offering is a presentation that fans of the noted genre will appreciate whether waiting for the return of live music on stage or just in general.  That is due in part to the concert’s set list, which will be addressed shortly.  The performance of that set list by the band adds to the recording’s presentation and will be addressed a little later.  The concert’s production and mixing put the finishing touch to its presentation.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the recording’s whole.  All things considered, they make Live in Carthage an impressive live debut from Myrath and a work that is one of this year’s top new live recordings.

Myrath’s debut live recording Live in Carthage is a strong offering from the progressive metal outfit.  That is proven in part through the recording’s set list.  The 17-song set runs just over 90-minutes in length.  While not a career-defining performance, the record still is deserving of its own credit.  It pulls largely from the band’s 2016 album Legacy – a total of seven songs from that album (more than half the album) are featured in the set list) – while four songs from the band’s then forthcoming album Shehili are featured in the set.  The band does not limit its set to those two albums.  Its 2011 album Tales of the Sands is also represented here with five songs from that record.  That is approximately half of that record.  Given, the band’s first three albums – Double Face, Hope, and Desert Call – are not represented here, but considering that at the time of the concert – held allegedly in 2018 at a hometown show of sorts at the Ancient Roman Theater in Carthage, Tunisia – the band was touring mainly in support of Legacy and Shehili, the group can be forgiven for not including nods to those aforementioned records.  Hopefully the band will present a much deeper dive into its catalog in its next live recording, keeping this in mind.  This aside, the fact that audiences get more than half of one of the band’s albums, almost half of another and even a small sampling of yet another ,that in itself is a good start and in itself, makes the recording worth experiencing.  This element is just one of the notable aspects of Myrath’s debut live recording.  The band’s performance of the set list adds to its engagement and enjoyment.

Myrath’s performance of its concert at the Ancient Roman Theater in Carthage, Tunisia is important to note because of the energy in the performance.  As noted, the set list is not career-defining, but at the same time, the songs chosen for the concert are all very high-energy compositions.  Even in the brief moments when the energy does pull back, in the opening bars of some of the featured songs, that pullback is short-lived.  The band members’ performances add to the energy even  more, as is evidenced in part by front man Zaher Zorgati’s commanding presence as he makes his way across the stage.  He engages the audience throughout, getting the most out of the crowd.  Meanwhile drummer Morgan Berthet seems so laid back even as he works through each song with such precision and power.  That contrast of his seeming so relaxed while he performed makes for its own statement.  Meanwhile, the nonstop energy exuded by keyboardist Elyes Bouchoucha, guitarist Malek Ben Arbia and bassist Anis Jouini adds its own impact to the performance.  The group’s performance does the talking for the group, as Zorgati uses only the briefest moments between songs to talk with the audience and introduce most of the set’s songs.  This is where the band’s performance presents its only negative.  Zorgati speaks wholly in French in those moments, in which he, his band mates and the audience collect their breath.  Now we, as Americans get an idea of how overseas fans of our American bands must feel when they experience their shows across the Atlantic and Pacific.  The thing is that Zorgati sings the songs in English, so why sing in one language and speak in another?  That aside, the band’s performance ensures audiences’ engagement and enjoyment from beginning to end of this performance by keeping the energy high and by not wasting too much time between songs on banter. Instead the band lets the music and performance do the talking.  Keeping all of this in mind, the performance put on by the members of Myrath really serves as the foundation for this recording’s presentation.  Together with the set list, the recording’s appeal becomes even more so.  To that end, audiences see even more why Live in Carthage may not be a perfect live debut for Myrath, but at the same time, why it is still a good first live outing for the group.

As much as the set list featured in Live in Carthage and the performance thereof does for this recording’s presentation, they are just two of its most notable items.  The concert’s collective production and mixing put the finishing touch to the recording’s presentation.  The footage itself adds so much to the viewing experience, as the angles, shots and transitions play right alongside with the energy of each composition and performance.  The shots last just long enough and present angles that heighten and translate well, the energy and emotion in each song.  The audio production and mix are deserving of their own share of credit, too.  Zorgati’s vocals are well-balanced with the work of his fellow band mates.  Their own work is well-balanced among themselves, too.  The whole of the group’s sound creates a powerful impact all its own for the concert.  Together with the video production and mixing (and post production editing), the overall experience that audiences get in viewing this concert becomes that much more engaging and entertaining.  Taking all of this into account, the production, mixing and editing that went into the final product puts the finishing touch to this presentation and makes it that much more appealing.  When this aspect of Live in Carthage is considered along with the recording’s overall content, the whole of the concert becomes a presentation that is a good live start for Myrath that leaves room for growth in the band’s next live recording.

Myrath’s debut live recording Live in Carthage is a good first effort from the band, in terms of live recordings.  That is thanks in part to its set list, which despite focusing more on the band’s more recent albums, still gives audiences a rich picture of those records.  The band’s performance of said set list adds more strength to the recording’s presentation.  The recording’s collective production, mixing and editing put the final touch to the presentation.  Each item noted is key in its own way to the whole of this recording.  All things considered, they make Live in Carthage a good way to get one’s live fix while we all wait for a vaccine to be found for COVID-19 and concerts to return.  It is also a good first effort from the band that shows hope for growth on the band’s next live recording.  Live in Carthage is available now on CD/DVD combo pack.  More information on the recording is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

 

 

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Alice Cooper Debuts ‘Don’t Give Up’ Video

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Alice Cooper is doing his part to help audiences get through the COVID-19 outbreak.

Cooper debuted the video for his new inspirational song ‘Don’t Give Up‘ Friday.  The video, which is essentially a lyric video, features pictures of audiences from around the world holding signs that make up the song’s lyrics.  Those pictures are incorporated into a digital globe, at the center of which is Cooper, performing his new single.

The song’s musical arrangement is a mid-tempo work.  The guitar line presents a sound that illustrates the emotional strain and stress that people are feeling right now.  Cooper meanwhile uses a matter of fact spoken word approach in the verses to deliver his message.  The singing used in the song’s chorus is meant to emphasize that despite all the emotional difficulties we all feel, there is hope.

Cooper elaborated on the song’s lyrical theme in a recent interview.

“It’s a song about what we’ve all been going through right now and about keeping our heads up and fighting back together,” he said. ” And whatever you do — Don’t Give Up!”

‘Don’t Give Up’ was produced by Bob Ezrin.  A limited edition 7″ picture disc of the song will be available Aug. 14 through earMUSIC.  Pre-orders are open now.

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Deep Purple Debuts ‘Throw My Bones’ Video

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Deep Purple will release its new album Whoosh! June 12. In anticipation of the album’s release, the band debuted the video for the album’s lead single this week.

The band debuted the video for the song ‘Throw My Bones‘ Friday.  The video features the space suit-clad figure from the album cover making his way through London and other areas of the world as the band performs the song in the background.

The song’s musical arrangement is a steady, mid-tempo composition with a hint of a blues-rock sound at its base.  The song’s lyrical theme is, according to information in a news release distributed Friday, meant to present a social commentary about looking at the bigger picture of the world and everything going on, and taking action.  The visualization is used to illustrate that message.

‘Throw My Bones’ is available to stream and download here.

Whoosh! is Deep Purple’s 21st full-length studio recording.  The forthcoming album will come more than three years after the release of the band’s most recent album, Infinite, which was released April 7, 2017 through Edel.  Whoosh! will be released through earMusic.

Whoosh! will be available as a limited edition CD/DVD Mediabook (which features a 1-hour-long discussion between Roger Glover and Bob Ezrin and full performance by the band at the 2017 Hellfest), 2LP/DVD edition, standard CD and digital.

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