‘’Rising’’ was RAINBOW’S second studio effort and it was all systems go for Blackmore, Dio and company after the initial success of the debut ‘’Rainbow’’. There’s a good case that modern day Melodic Power Metal was born from one particular track on this masterpiece. That track namely the eight minute opus ‘’Stargazer’’ it contains enough might for the Metalheads, lengthy instrumental passages for the nerdy Prog types and is without doubt the best song written by Blackmore and Dio at any time in their careers.
‘’Stargazer’’ is a behemoth of a song amongst an album that only spans thirty three minutes and contains another eight minute wonder in ‘’A Light In The Black’’ Back in the 70’s Prog bands had just turned on the amps the time ‘’Rising’’ finishes and ‘’Stargazer’’ was to provide a template for all the Melodic Metal bands that came after RAINBOW showing just how to write and perform a true epic. But lets take nothing away from the striking bitterness of fame in ‘’Starstruck’’ or the opening stomp of ‘’Tarot Women’’.
The third RAINBOW offering ‘’Long Live Rock N Roll’’ had it moments but it failed to match the pomp and ceremony of this ground breaking record. I very much doubt Blackmore or Dio have recorded better. Ever. (Online March 19, 2005)