In a 1974 interview with New Musical Express
, David Coverdale, the third vocalist with Deep Purple (in their new Mark III lineup), said of this song: "I wrote the lyrics about a mythical creature called Stormbringer who, in a surrealistic story, creates a lot of trouble."
It was, he said, similar to "Burn
" - the title track of the band's previous album - adding, "But I never even considered Michael Moorcock's work." It was only when he showed the lyric to another member of the band that the comparison was made.
Like the rest of the album, the title track, which runs to 4 minutes 3 seconds, was recorded in Munich; it was co-written with lead guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. When Coverdale returned home he discovered some of Moorcock's science fiction works in a trunk of paperbacks. The author's Stormbringer is a sword which was introduced in his 1963 novel The Stealer Of Souls
Alexander Baron - London, England