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1968 to 1976
November 30, -0001 in Hertford
Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom
English rock band
Deep Purple is an English hard rock band that formed in Hertfordshire in 1968. Together with groups such as Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, they're considered as heavy metal pioneers. Especially influential to later metal bands were Ian Gillan's powerful screams and Ritchie Blackmore's virtuoso solos. Deep Purple were also very influential to progressive music as well, with their style evolving over the years and incorporating a variety of genres from art rock to blues to psychedelia and more.
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1 year ago
It came out during the Cold War when there was a sense of foreboding about the imminence of nuclear war - could "the shield" refer to the limited degree of solace offered by the NATO missile defence and the probable reluctance of both sides to slide into mutually assured destruction?
2 years ago
Instead of commenting the lyrics of the track, I would like to leave a (not so fun) fact here. There is a live version of this song, in which you can hear a clash at some point, you can hardly tell what that might be...What it is in reality, is a gunshot. Someone decided to end his life in the middle of this specific song. Talking about how epic this song is.