So, after last year’s false alarm, it looks like Deep Purple fans can finally start looking forward to a long-awaited follow-up to Rapture of the Deep. It looks like the album will be produced by the legendary Bob Ezrin and, with recording sessions set for the summer, should hopefully arrive on our record store shelves before the year is out. Talking to musicradar.com Steve Morse said that “The goal on this album isn’t to stretch out to new heights; it’s more about revisiting the roots – riff-oriented blues rock. Heavy stuff, you know?”
Sounds good to me. With so many classic bands taking so long between albums (no doubt because of the pecuniary rewards of the touring circuit), I’m just grateful that they’re finally getting round to delivering a new long player. There’s definitely unfinished business with Deep Purple MK VII, and, from what Steve says, I’m really hoping for something strongly in the vein of In Rock. Long songs, face-peeling intensity, and jaw-dropping solos aplenty, please!