Deep Purple was the color of hard rock
Along with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, Deep Purple is often regarded as one of the bands who laid the groundwork for hard rock and heavy metal. According to the BBC, they “formed what became known as the ‘unholy trinity’ of British hard rock and heavy metal during the genre’s golden period in the 1970s.” Metallica, Judas Priest, Queen, Aerosmith, Van Halen, Alice in Chains, Pantera, Bon Jovi, Europe, Rush, Motorhead, and numerous new wave of British heavy metal bands such as Iron Maiden and Def Leppard are just some of the rock and metal artists that have been inspired by the band.
According to Steve Harris, the bassist and major composer for Iron Maiden, his band’s “heaviness” was influenced by “Black Sabbath and Deep Purple with a touch of Zeppelin thrown in.” Black Sabbath and Deep Purple are two heavy metal bands.
Eddie Van Halen, the band’s founder and guitarist, has said that “Burn” is one of his all-time favorite guitar riffs. Ritchie Blackmore was described by the guitarist for Queen, Brian May, as “a trail blazer and technically outstanding – unexpected in every imaginable way…you never knew what you were going to witness when you went to see Purple.” Lars Ulrich, the drummer for Metallica, has said that “When I was nine years old, Deep Purple was the band that everyone was talking about. Made in Japan is remains my all-time favorite album to this day “. Till Lindemann, frontman for the German band Rammstein, purchased his first record in 1974 and it was the album Stormbringer by the band.
Deep Purple’s music was firmly established in the hard rock and heavy metal categories, but it frequently incorporated elements of progressive rock and blues rock. This led a Canadian journalist named Martin Popoff to describe the band as “a reference point for a genre in metal without categorization” at one point in time. – Only 70s Radio
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