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Deep Purple - Infinite album review

Prog metal excursions from the Purple pros

Cover art for Deep Purple - Infinite album

One of the architects of metal as we know it, Deep Purple could be forgiven for living off a nostalgic groove, but this lot refuse to slide into such a trap. Four years ago, they teamed up with producer Bob Ezrin for Now What?! and showed they still had much to offer. The partnership is back here, and the result is another top class album with all five members stretching out and displaying all their chops and nuances. The classical, funk, jazz and prog inferences that have invested the band’s finest moments are fully exposed and enhanced. The swooping, majestic Birds Of Prey complements the more rigorous, bristling Time For Bedlam, while the swirling, eerie The Surprising shows how superbly Steve Morse’s guitar swathes complement the keyboard patches from Don Airey. There’s an expansively atmospheric relationship between the tracks, and the somewhat surprising cover of The Doors’ Roadhouse Blues, which ends the album, fits well into the overall flow. Deep Purple may not have the energy of kids starting out, but why should they? Infinite, though, is a graceful, powerful statement that this classic band is still relevant and still making charismatic albums.

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica (opens in new tab), published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. He would later become a founding member of RAW rock magazine in 1988.

In the early 90s, Malcolm Dome was the Editor of Metal Forces magazine, and also involved in the horror film magazine Terror, before returning to Kerrang! for a spell. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009. He was actively involved in Total Rock Radio (opens in new tab), which launched as Rock Radio Network in 1997, changing its name to Total Rock in 2000. In 2014 he joined the TeamRock online team as Archive Editor, uploading stories from all of our print titles and helping lay the foundation for what became Louder.

Dome was the author of many books on a host of bands from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin and Metallica, some of which he co-wrote with Prog Editor Jerry Ewing.