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The only keyboard used is a Hammond B-3, which Phil Lanzon plays far better than ever before, and with the same kind of manic energy that Ken Hensley brought in the early 70s. The new drummer, Russell Gilbrook, brings a similar energy that seems to have re-energized the entire band. All of the Heep trademarks are here, from the Hammond to Mick Box's wah-wah to the Heep choir. There is no weak track as well as some of Heep's best moments ever. Trevor Bolder is still holding down the bass end superbly (although mixed too low for my tastes for most of the album) and Bernie Shaw brings the same sort of emotion that the late great David Byron did during Heep's glory years. No, Bernie is not David, but he has been Heep's lead singer for more than 20 years now and his voice is just as amazing as David's was.
My favorite songs after a couple dozen listens are Angels Walk With You, What Kind of God (the last two minutes are possibly Heep's finest musical moment EVER!!), War Child (especially the opening verse), Overload, and the title track (what a bloody great riff!!!). On the first couple of listens, it seemed to bog down a bit on tracks 4-6, but no longer.
If you are any sort of Uriah Heep, melodic rock, or fan of classic hard rock, I can't recommend this album heartily enough!!
by Bob Winward
Heep certainly hits the mother lode with their new offering. There are all strong and stronger tracks on this cd and it gets my "All Heep is Good Heep" seal of approval. Outstanding, start to finish, the cd is chock full of rockers with the recipe that the current lineup has perfected, also featuring some of the bands sound from the very early 70's sprinkled with some delightful surprises. My words here alone are not strong enough to convey my enthusiasm for this new studio cd by our beloved Uriah Heep. I can sum it up by saying it sounds like a sunrise on a brand new day and no one can say Heep is a "shadow" of their former selves as this cd propels them into the upper stratosphere of eliteness!
The opening/title is a speed rocker, focusing on harmonies. It is the first song I have memorized the catchy
Lyrics completely, albeit what there is of them! Heep really jams on this piece, showcasing the instrumental talents of all 4 players. The ending of the song has a lightning fast drum/guitar interplay that is in total synchronization.
Overload is an instant classic! It has all the Heep elements, starts out with a hot guitar riff than the drums come in like a charging bull. I thought the band would suffer without Lee; instead Russell has energized the band. This is the first of many songs on the cd where Phil prominently plays the B3 with passion throughout. The tight bass lines rumble with a sweet low powerful tone like dual glass pack mufflers on a 70's muscle car! Mick's guitar drives the song and Heep produces a thunderous sound!
Tears of the World
This song really kicks off the debut of the new Heep harmony sound.Read more ›
Two confessions. First, Uriah Heep was important to my early adulthood as I dealt with some issues between choosing war or sanity. As I maneuvered my way through the system to get honorably discharged from the war that I was dragged into, the music of Uriah Heep helped bring a peace that wasn't available from other sources. The second album, Look At Yourself, was played over and over as I made my arguments to my "superiors" about the immorality of the war we were engaged with at the time. It took many inner reflections as those around me were claiming I was was a coward, etc, etc.Read more ›
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Ok... I'm 46. I stole my first Uriah Heep LP (Demons & Wizards) from my parents LP collection at 7 yrs old (1976) when I stayed at home and my parents went to work. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Gerald Darr
I own over 2,000 vinyl/CDs, and this is one that I could take on a desert island. Simply amazing.Published 14 months ago by Tyler Keith Anderson
Really enjoyed this album, not a big fan of the first song but the rest of the album I really enjoyed. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Richard J. Marsh
Have been listening to Uriah Heep since early 70:ees and like them a lot. No exception this time, pure rock.Published 18 months ago by Jari Sällinen
A great CD. From the opening bars of the first song.... you know you're listening to Uriah Heep. Their style remains the same.....but the music is ALL new.Published on July 15, 2012 by S. A. Adams
Uriah Heep ""Wake the Sleeper" DNC (2008).
On their 21st studio album "Wake The Sleeper", Uriah Heep sounds refreshed. Read more
I have been a Uriah Heep fan since Magicians Birthday and Look at Yourself and the beautiful message has never changed and has been carried through to Wake the Sleeper and Into the... Read morePublished on March 25, 2012 by Starseed
Wake the Sleeper is one of those musical finds that really delights any music lover and it was truly serendipitous. Read morePublished on April 3, 2011 by Duke DeVille