Come Taste The Band – Reignition

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You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see which are the main influences of a band with such a name. I am sure that all the Deep Purple aficionados out there are familiar with this Norwegian band as in the last 20 years or so they had played live on stage with the likes of Glenn Hughes, Joe Lynn Turner, Doogie White, Graham Bonnet etc. Needless to add that these guys are proficient and accomplished musicians in their own right so the fact that they decided to enter the studio and record original material could not pass unnoticed by the classic rock fans. Include in all this, that Doogie White and Joe Lynn Turner share vocal duties and the overall final result becomes even more tempting and impressive.

“Reignition” is a brilliant record that wins you over even from the first listening session. This is, more or less, a tribute to the sound that Purple established with the MK III and MK IV line-up but rest assured that this is not yet another copycat or a poor imitation of the British giants. Quite the contrary, I’d say. The guitars are close to the whole Blackmore aesthetic with the solo of “Slave For Your Love” saluting the classic “Mistreated” solo while the song “Under Your Skin” being the absolute highlight of the record as it clearly reminds of the “Stormbringer”/”Come Taste the Band” era and Doogie White presenting his best…Glenn Hughes interpretation! Naturally, the sheer presence of White and Turner behind the mic uplifts the quality level of “Reignition”.

All in all, this is a superb effort by the Norwegian outfit of Come Taste The Band; they had proved that they could be far more than a tribute act. Looking forward to hearing more music from those lads in the future. Personally, I truly believe that this would be in my list of the Top 20 albums of 2019.

Highlight: The two songs with Joe Lynn Turner (“Tied Down”, “Don’t Let Me Bleed”) were written almost five years ago.