Deep Purple

Deep Purple have officially announced a new studio album set for release in April 2013. It is as-yet-untitled but is the follow-up to 2005's Rapture of the Deep.

After being written mainly in Europe, the disc was recorded and mixed in Nashville, Tennessee, with producer Bob Ezrin. Song titles will include “Out Of Hand,” “Hell To Pay,” “Weirdistan,” “Uncommon Man” and “Above and Beyond.” The latter is a tribute to the band's long-time keyboard player Jon Lord, who passed away earlier this year.

As for the lack of a title, singer Ian Gillan had this to say earlier this month: “The title of our new album is still a question mark to all of us ... We have recorded a new album, and it's a fantastic collection of songs. At the moment that's the only affirmative point we can offer.”

Deep Purple in 2013 will be Gillan, Ian Paice (drums), Steve Morse (guitar), Don Airey (keyboards) and Roger Glover (bass).

Fans can keep up to date on the new album by way of new a “countdown” website at DeepPurple2013.com, but there are currently no more details revealed.