Sound — 10
It is the band's second release, and a vast improvement over Richie Blackmore's Rainbow which lacked in direction. Blackmore replaced everyone from the first album's line-up except vocalist Ronnie Dio with Jimmy Bain (bass), Tony Carey (keyboards), and Cozy Powell (drums). The CD starts with a keyboard solo and slowly creeps into the first track Tarot Woman a very catchy track that just makes you want to listen to the rest of the album. Next there is Run with the Wolf a lighter track then Starstruck a classic groove reminiscent of guitarist Blackmore's ex-band Deep Purple. Then Do you Close your eyes where Dio's vocals are again flawless to follow onto the strongest song on Rising "Stargazer." Stargazer is an absolute classic and epic 8 minute track also featuring a nice lenghty solo from Blackmore and Dio proves just how good he is vocaly and could easily stand as its signature song. A Light in the Black is the final track and probably the heaviest on the CD once again going on for over 8 minutes and shows an early influence to power metal (early).
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics are very impressive as is the whole album and tie in great with music particulary on Stargazer with a classic riff going through the chorus. The playing has a very tight, colorful feel to it, which was lacking a bit on the first record. Dio vocals are superb as always adding a lot of strength to the bands music and is Rainbows best lead singer in my opinion.
Overall Impression — 10
The stand out tracks for me are Tarot Woman, Stargazer An A Light In The Black. Because there is only 6 tracks its hard to find any weak spots on the album but I would have to say Run with the Wolf would be weakest song but still great. It would have to rate as the bands best album shortly followed by Long Live Rock 'n' Roll and is an absolute classic for such an underated band. Rising is a must-have for any fan of Dio, Blackmore, or classic metal. Five musicians came together for a one-shot moment that won't be duplicated. This album is magic!