Deep Purple release Rapture of the Deep

Rapture of the Deep is the 18th studio album by English hard rock band Deep Purple, released in November 2005.

It is currently the band's most recent studio album.

It is the fourth studio album from Deep Purple since Steve Morse joined the band in 1994. It is also the second album to feature veteran keyboardist, Don Airey. The album was produced by Mike Bradford, who also produced the band's previous release, Bananas. Like Bananas, the album generally received positive review from critics. Rapture of the Deep is Deep Purple's first release on the minor label Edel Records in particularly Europe (with the exception of the USA where the record has been released by Edel's sublabel Eagle Records).

The album peaked on Billboard's USA "Top Independent Albums" Chart at position #43. It achieved considerable chart success in Europe, making the top 20 in several countries.