Deep Purple arguably sit in the top three most influential bands in the history of heavy music. Deep Purple in Rock, Fireball, Machine Head and Burn, to name but a few absolutely classic and timeless albums. Their sound was as raucous and in your face as you can imagine whilst also being highly technical and musically brilliant. So, to hear them sound the way they do these days is pretty sad, and this album offers another tarnish on the band’s legacy.
Opening with Time for Bedlam, the track begins with an embarrassingly bad robotic style ‘space’ voice, rambling unnecessary nonsense before misfiring into a mid-tempo’d and downright generic rock song which is instantly forgettable. The rest of the record pretty much follows this formula as well. There’s nothing really about the album that stands out. long gone are the days of Richie Blackmore and the late great John Lord battling it out to see who could burst ear drums first. Everything is pretty tame and inoffensive (even hearing Ian Gillan swear on track two makes you say aww), the production is flat and lifeless, tracks such as All I Got Is You and The Surprising suffering from this in-particular.
The upbeat numbers such as Hip Boots and One Night in Vegas aren’t all that bad, they show signs of life even if the lyrics are questionable at best. On Top of the World would offer a definite high point on Infinite, the gritty riff and classic Deep Purple Hammond organ tone show signs of past glories, however somewhere around the three-minute mark, the track drops into just keyboards and that horrific space voice from the start of the album, which proceeds to spout some nonsense about ‘Luigi the Cockroach’ which kills the momentum completely.
A question I have asked myself for a while is – ‘what the hell has happened to Ian Gillan’s voice’, of course everyone’s voice suffers from age and loses its power over the years, however he doesn’t even sound like the same guy. I t’s almost alien to think that this is the same person who tore their way through tracks such as Highway Star and Child in Time. You can’t blame them for trying and continuing to do what they all love, but when sounding like this it’s probably time for Deep Purple to hang up their instruments.
Its sad to talk about one of the best bands of all time in this way, but the album really is without merit. If you have have given this album a go, then do yourself a favour immediately after and pull out your copy of Machine Head to remember this brilliant band for what they were in their heyday!