Review Taken from metal-observer.com:
‘’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.
Review Taken from rollingstone.com:
From Deep Purple\'s earliest recordings to this second album with his solo group, there\'s no mistaking a record in which
Ritchie Blackmore is involved. Here, abetted by lyricist/vocalist Ronnie Dio, guitarist/composer Blackmore continues to lord
over his peculiarly dark corner of the universe. The problem, compounded on both Rainbow albums by the lyrics, lies in
the discrepancy between the listener\'s and Blackmore/Dio\'s reality. Evil is the prominent subject, but what\'s portrayed is
either too ambiguous (the apparently diabolical wizard in \"Stargazer\") or too mundane (the autograph-hunting groupie in
\"Starstruck\") to merit attention.
Blackmore\'s songs have a predilection for minor modes and simple riffs punctuated predictably and often with syncopated
power chording; the result is disjointed, grandiose and humorless—a gothic heavy-metal style.
Dio is certainly the match for Blackmore, in both his relentlessly impassioned warbling vocals and his lyrics, which uncover
apocalypse at every turn. \"There\'s a hole in the sky/Something evil\'s passing by\" Dio spits and snarls, but what he is
describing is usually called spring fever. Even after Blackmore mounts the most successful musical attack of the album,
replete with Who-like slashing guitar chords, all Dio can muster—albeit with exceptional angst—is: \"Do you close your
eyes/When you\'re making love?\" If this is the denouement, what\'s all the fuss about?
Blackmore\'s guitar soloing has always been the saving grace of his compositions. He has a full-bodied, fluid style, most
effectively displayed here on \"A Light in the Black,\" and he can stutter and wail with the best blues-rock guitarists.
Unfortunately, on Rising the setting is too distracting. In a less gloomily banal context, his playing might shine.