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URIAH HEEP - Wake The Sleeper




You can't imagine the excitement when this CD arrived. Uriah Heep are back, first album in 10 years and best album in nearly 20. Record compa-ny probs aside it's good to see the band signed to a major label. Uriah Heep had a lengthy stable period, the only change here is the departure of longtime drummer Lee Kerslake and coming in is Russell Gilbrook. Joining him are singer Bernie Shaw, bassist Trevor Bolder, pianist Phil Lan-zon and Mick Box on guitar. The title track opens and really smacks you square in the face, heavy and operatic in true Heep fashion. "Overload" continues with guitar and keyboard riffs aplenty. I could go on, but you get the idea, it's a great album, a solid feel throughout. A clear statement of intent, and while there's a distinct nod at the 80s and 90s, it's a big step forward. Yes they've hit the 21st century late, but they've hit it running.