Ian Gillan of Deep Purple and Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath – icons of rock history – have teamed up to create their own super group album under the name of Whocares. Previously the duo released a double sided single featuring ‘Out Of My Mind’ and ‘Holy Water’ to raise money for a project to rebuild a music school in Armenia that was destroyed during a 1988 earthquake. Now a year later they have released a double CD. Helping out the duo on the album is another member of Deep Purple alongside members of HIM, Metallica and Iron Maiden.
Previously aired track ‘Out Of My Mind’ is a heavy duty collision of crushing riffage produced by Tony and Mikko Lindstrom (HIM guitarist) mixed with the rhythm filled drum wrecking of Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden drummer), the surging keyboard skills of Jon Lord (Deep Purple) and the deep plunging of Jason Newsted (Metallica bassist). Just to have the people above on a track together is enough to know that it’s sure to be awesome. There is a menacing madness in Ian’s voice that rises and falls with every wave by expressing the scrambled inner thoughts of someone losing control of his sanity as nightmarish imagery flashes through his brain.
‘Holy Water’ though is more tailored to what Ian does best, giving him a more reflective performance which begins with an exotic, dreamy intro which wouldn’t seem out of place featured in a war-torn movie with its tinkering acoustic guitar work, steely bass and a bluesy trail of an organ which ploughs full pelt towards its destination.
Every track pitched throughout this album brings something new: some heavy, some relaxing. Deep guitar riffs with deep vocals encompass some tracks such as ‘Slip Away’ yet some are peaceful and relaxing with soulful vocals such as ‘Get Away’. Every track on this album will pelt your mind back to all the classic rock albums you’ve ever heard: there really is something for everyone.
Reviewer: Rhian Westbury