Yeah you guessed it another tribute album: Spurious attempts by a host of virtually unknown Heavy Metal bands to emulate the greatness of Ritchie Blackmore through renditions of classic DEEP PURPLE and RAINBOW songs. So if you are willing to sit through ARABESQUE's murdering of "Stargazer" - just listen to the wailing, off key vocals, the industrial sampling of Eric Zimmerman's woeful attempt at "Man On The Silver Mountain" and the Folk Metal stuttering of CONDITION RED's "Black Night" then you're a better person than me.
I am a huge BLACKMORE and RAINBOW fan and this album is nothing short of heresy. And why REIGN OF TERROR has put their name to this eludes me. "Blackmore's Castle" falls into the "just why?" category along with every single other tribute album ever recorded. Classic songs covered by bands that will never make the impact of those they are paying homage to so why are there so many of them? Surely Metal has enough talent to make original and new music?
This one's for the rubbish bin. (Online January 4, 2004)