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Don Airey: All Out

Spans prog workouts and hummable hard rock.

One of the most respected keyboard players in the business, Deep Purple’s Don Airey here showcases his diversity. Yet he also displays the ability to make a record that’s musically intelligent yet easily accessible.

There are times on All Out – as on Estancia, Right Arm Overture and Long Road – when he takes classical influences and also a major Keith Emerson devotion to create some wonderfully evocative instrumentals.

Equally there are a few soaring pop-rock anthems, such as People In Your Head, on which vocalist Carl Sentance unleashes a talent for carrying a tune in a near Rainbow-esque fashion.

The presence of guest guitarists Joe Bonamassa, Bernie Marsden and his brother Keith Airey adds an extra level of interest, but in the end it’s the strength of the songs here, and the feeling this is far from merely a vanity project that makes All Out a strong album.

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.