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4 stars Outstanding and unique, Rising combines the vintage soul of metal with a forward thinking sound (for the time), charging at the listener with a mighty sword of classic hard-rock.

The album opens with some brief sci-fi synthisizer, opening up the throttle with the driving "Tarot Woman". The hard-rock feel of this song is excellent, and sets a powerful tone for the album. Blackmoor's guitar riffing is driving and heavy, with a thick bluesy feel and a sort of understated proficiency-- few solos but a great sound. The real highlight here, and in the strutting "Run to the Wolf" that follows, are Dio's vocals. I am rapidly being convinced that he is the one of the greatest hard-rock vocalists of this era, his masculine voice and powerful phrasing adding a tremendous amount of energy to these songs. I love a good metal wail, but Dio's gruff persona may actually be better. His vocals, and the band's style in "Starstruck", rival Zepplin on their best day.

The second side of Rising is where things get epic, and we can start to see how Rainbow's proto-power metal style influenced some of the heavy-metal giants following in their footsteps. "Stargazer" gives us a heavy, driving rock pulse with an ambitious mystic/egyptian-like feel. While overall a good and very powerful song, it lacks direction, loosing its focus in the chugging. However, the rip-roaring closer "A Light in the Black" ends Rising very well, with fat keyboard and guitar solos surrounded by classically inspired unison moments-- and did I mention Dio?

A rock solid album; the heavy/vintage sound is exceptional and the muscianship stands out even today, not to mention what is clearly one of the coolest album covers of all time!

Songwriting: 4 Instrumental Performances: 4 Lyrics/Vocals: 4 Style/Emotion/Replay: 5

Prog Leviathan | 4/5 |


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