Deep Purple – Infinite (+ 6 bonus tracks) (2017) [CD FLAC]

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Artist: Deep Purple
Album: Infinite (+ 6 bonus tracks)
Genre: Hard Rock
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 654 mb
Source: CD
Format: FLAC (image + .cue)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

Deep Purple are one of the most influential British rock bands of all time. With 120 million albums sold worldwide, they are one of the most loved British bands of all time. Recently inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame, they have inspired and shaped the taste of generations of hard rock musicians and fans with milestone albums like “In Rock” or “Machine Head” which are essential chapters in rock music history. Their live album “Made in Japan” is often referred as one of the best (if not “the best” live album of all times).
“NOW What?!”, released in 2013, brought Deep Purple back to the top of the charts worldwide. The tour that followed sold over a million tickets worldwide. Ian Gillan, Roger Glover and Ian Paice are the three members from the current line-up who have been part of the band since it’s “Mark II” version, the one that is considered the “absolute classic”.
The current line-up of the band is completed by Don Airey (about to release his 4th album with the band) and Steve Morse (who has been in the band for over 20 years, about to release his 6th studio albums with Deep Purple). With “inFinite” and the associated “The Long Goodbye” tour, Deep Purple are approaching a turning point. Is the band about to write the final chapter of its career?

As a natural follow up to the worldwide success of “NOW What?!”, “inFinite” has once again been produced by Bob Ezrin who has formed with the five members of Deep Purple, an explosive songwriting team. “InFinite” is possibly the most “seventies” of all Deep Purple albums released since the 1984 reunion with “Perfect Strangers”. Ezrin and Deep Purple have managed to capture the purest Purple classic sound while staying well away from the temptation to be nostalgic or to “play themselves”. On the contrary the band shows the tranquillity to not care about delivering short songs or to limit the long solos and the moments of improvisation. Just as when the story started, in an ideal cycle that comes to completion. From “in Rock” to “in-finite”. Possibly destined to end, but still terribly good.
The end, the allusion of the band’s forthcoming tour name, a theme recurring in the songs and surely something that the band will be asked about. If this is really the farewell album by Deep Purple, there could not be a better one, or are they once again making fun of everybody?

“Deep Purple’s progressive album” – it’s what a critic said after a recent private playback of the album. “We are an instrumental jazz band, with somebody occasionally singing on it,” was Ian Gillan’s reply. If this is the case, guitars haven’t been harder for a jazz band, “inFinite” in fact shows also a side of Steve Morse that not everybody was expecting, melodic, raw, close to the roots of the blues rock.

“InFinite” is heavy and delicate at the same time, with an inspired Ian Gillan who is totally free from the duty to sound as people expect, delivering a versatile and exciting vocal performance during the whole album.

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Bonfire – Byte The Bullet (2017) [CD FLAC]

Bonfire - Byte The Bullet (2017) [CD FLAC] Download

Artist: Bonfire
Album: Byte The Bullet
Genre: Hard Rock
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 554 mb
Source: CD
Format: FLAC (image + .cue)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

After the release of their long desired double-album “Pearls” and the super successful 30th BONFIRE Anniversary 2016 Tour “Burnin’ Tales ‘n’ Pearls”, BONFIRE have been busy recoding the material for their brand new studio album “Byte The Bullet”, which will be released through UDR Music on March 24th, 2017. The album will contain 13 tracks with the focus single “Locomotive Breath” available to download and to stream worldwide on album pre-order launch, January 20th. To mark this event in pure Rock ‘n’ Roll style, Bonfire will host the inauguration party of their very own personalised-locomotive, which will ride on this day from Augsburg to Ingolstadt (via Munich) and back. Hold on tight for the ride of your life! BONFIRE is: Hans Ziller (Guitar) Alex Stahl (Vox) Frank Pan (Lead Guitar) Ronnie Parkes (Bass) Tim Breideband (Drums)

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Adrenaline Rush – Soul Survivor (2017) [WEB FLAC]

Adrenaline Rush - Soul Survivor (2017) [WEB FLAC] Download

Artist: Adrenaline Rush
Album: Soul Survivor
Genre: Hard Rock
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 396 mb
Source: Digital Download
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

Vocalist Tave Wanning remains on the path to becoming this generation’s hard rock and heavy metal goddess, the heir apparent to Lita Ford and Doro Pesch. Those are some large stiletto high heels to fill. But Ms Wanning ain’t that little girl from the Swedish pop duo Peaches anymore. Nope. She’s a full blown hotty and heartbreaker, ballbuster and maneater. Why do you think she graces the cover of her second album, Soul Survivor? The new album comes with some personnel changes, with Joel Fox and Sam Soderlindh, jumping in on bass and lead guitar, respectively.
Perhaps, some more changes have come with Soul Survivor. Wanning and her boy crew are rocking things a might heavier. Things have been reversed since the debut album. Instead of melodic hard rock with a metal edge, the songs here are straight melodic heavy metal, with the rock groove simply supporting the bracing twin guitar riffage and the brisk pacing of the booming rhythm section. And sometimes the tempo will remind you of power metal in it’s swiftness. Then there’s oodles of blistering guitar solos from Soderlindh that set each song on fire. At the front of this mix, Wanning holds her own, thanks to her natural strong and melodic voice and some exceptional production.
So Soul Survivor is something of a fifty minute adrenaline rush. No pun intended. I’m pretty sure that’s what Wanning intended from the start. Songs such as Adrenaline, Stand My Ground, Crash, and the quite catchy Wild Side are melodic metal barn burners. If there is any subtlety to be found it’s probably in the title cut. Soul Survivor is something of a metal anthem with a moderate pace, flatter riffage blended with a piano and synth layer, and a chilling guitar solo. All in all, Adrenaline Rush’s Soul Survivor is a step forward for this Tave Wanning band, a blistering album of melodic heavy metal in a hard rock wrapper. Easily recommended.

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Uriah Heep – The Magicians Birthday [Remastered Edition] (1972/2017) [WEB FLAC]

Uriah Heep - The Magicians Birthday [Remastered Edition] (1972/2017) [WEB FLAC] Download

Artist: Uriah Heep
Album: The Magicians Birthday [Remastered Edition]
Genre: Hard Rock
Year: 1972/2017
Size: ~ 727 mb
Source: Digital Download
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

After reaching an international level of success with Demons and Wizards, Uriah Heep continued to build their fan base by knocking out another album of prog-like metal before the year’s end. The end result, The Magician’s Birthday, is not as consistent or cohesive as Demons and Wizards but still offers plenty of highlights. It starts dramatically with “Sunrise,” a spooky power ballad that alternates quiet organ-led verses with an emotional chorus and guitar-fuelled instrumental breaks topped off by David Byron’s operatic wail. The remainder of the album divides its time between punchy rockers and spacy balladry before climaxing with another prog-inflected epic. Highlights in the rock arena include “Blind Eye,” an acoustic-flavored rocker whose galloping pace is firmly anchored by Gary Thain’s melodic bassline, and “Sweet Lorraine,” a stomping good-time rocker that adds extra texture to its guitar-driven sound with some spacy synthesizer lines. As for the quieter moments, “Rain” is a lovely piano ballad that makes surprising and impressive use of a xylophone in its sound and “Echoes in the Dark” is an eerie mid-tempo song that alternates stark piano-led verses with an emotional chorus cemented by Mick Box’s searing guitar leads. There is also another multi-part epic in the title track, a prog-ish piece with fantasy themes. It lacks a strong structure (it feels more like three songs grafted together than a true multi-part composition) and succumbs to a bit of aimless jamming in the middle, but it is redeemed by strong hooks in the opening and a spirited performance from the band on its space rock finale. All in all, The Magician’s Birthday never quite hits the consistent heights of Look at Yourself or Demons and Wizards but remains a solid listen for Uriah Heep fans. – AllMusic Review by Donald A. Guarisco

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Uriah Heep – Demons And Wizards [Remastered Edition] (1972/2017) [WEB FLAC]

Uriah Heep - Demons And Wizards [Remastered Edition] (1972/2017) [WEB FLAC] Download

Artist: Uriah Heep
Album: Demons And Wizards [Remastered Edition]
Genre: Hard Rock
Year: 1972/2017
Size: ~ 813 mb
Source: Digital Download
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

This is the album that solidified Uriah Heep’s reputation as a master of gothic-inflected heavy metal. From short, sharp rock songs to lengthy, musically dense epics, Demons and Wizards finds Uriah Heep covering all the bases with style and power. The album’s approach is set with its lead-off track, “The Wizard”: it starts as a simple acoustic tune but soon builds into a stately rocker that surges forth on a Wall of Sound built from thick guitar riffs, churchy organ, and operatic vocal harmonies. Other highlights include “Traveller in Time,” a fantasy-themed rocker built on thick wah-wah guitar riffs, and “Circle of Hands,” a stately power ballad with a gospel-meets-heavy metal feel to it. Demons and Wizards also produced a notable radio hit for the band in “Easy Livin’,” a punchy little rocker whose raging blend of fuzz guitar and swirling organ made it feel like a ’70s update of classic ’60s garage rockers like the Electric Prunes or Paul Revere & the Raiders. However, the top highlight of the album is the closing medley of “Paradise” and “The Spell”: the first part of the medley starts in an acoustic folk mode and slowly adds layers of organ and electric guitar until it becomes a forceful, slow-tempo rocker, while the second half is a punchy, organ-led rocker that includes an instrumental midsection where choral-style harmonies fortify a killer, Pink Floyd-style guitar solo from Ken Hensley. All in all, Demons and Wizards works both as a showcase for Uriah Heep’s instrumental firepower and an excellent display of their songwriting skills in a variety of hard rock styles. As a result, it is considered by many fans to be their finest hour and is definitely worth a spin for anyone with an interest in 1970s heavy metal. – AllMusic Review by Donald A. Guarisco

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Uriah Heep – Look At Yourself [Remastered Edition] (1971/2017) [WEB FLAC]

Uriah Heep - Look At Yourself [Remastered Edition] (1971/2017) [WEB FLAC] Download

Artist: Uriah Heep
Album: Look At Yourself [Remastered Edition]
Genre: Hard Rock
Year: 1971/2017
Size: ~ 812 mb
Source: Digital Download
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

The third time proved to be the charm for Uriah Heep: on Look at Yourself, the group perfects its fusion of heavy metal power and prog rock majesty, and the result is one of the best albums in the Heep catalog. The gauntlet is thrown down on the title track, a powerful rocker that layers its relentless hard rock attack with ornate vocal harmonies and quicksilver organ runs before climaxing with a tribal-sounding drum jam. The remainder of Look at Yourself presents an effective blend of gutsy guitar rock and organ-fueled prog excursions. In the rock arena, the gems are “Tears in My Eyes,” a powerful rocker driven by an almost rockabilly-style riff that stops midway for a surprising vocal harmony break supported by smooth wah-wah guitar, and “Love Machine,” a short, punchy slice of hard rock built on an infectious, stomping rhythm. However, the best track on the album is one of the more prog-oriented ones: “July Morning” starts with a pastoral organ riff, then builds into a heavy yet symphonic rock tune that divides its time between gentle acoustic verses and emotional, organ-fueled choruses before climaxing in a monstrous jam dominated by a swirling Moog synthesizer lead. Special note should also be taken of David Byron’s vocal performance; his multi-octave, operatic style was no doubt an influence on later metal vocalists like Rob Halford. All in all, Look at Yourself is both one of Uriah Heep’s finest, most cohesive albums and a high point of 1970s heavy metal. – AllMusic Review by Donald A. Guarisco

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