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Uriah Heep


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3.37 | 161 ratings

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4 stars How many times have we found ourselves underlining the merits of a group considered important today, but absolutely snubbed at the time when it appeared on the market? Many, certainly too many. One of the names that corresponds to this description is certainly that of Uriah Heep, who had problems with very enlightened critics since the days of the fantastic debut entitled Very 'Eavy Very' Umble. Today it is unanimously considered one of the best records of the first part of the 70s, but at the time of its appearance on the market, it was branded as not worthy of attention by many; even, the authoritative (?) Rolling Stone critic, Melissa Mills, said "If this group breaks through, I will commit suicide." I am not aware that Mills committed suicide, but despite a lot of water having passed under the bridge, the Uriah Heep never reaped in proportion to what they sowed, and the reputation of a somewhat "unappreciated " group has never completely abandoned them. . Of the formation that took its first steps at the end of 1968, with the first Proto-metal stirrings, today the only guitarist Mick Box remains in the band, and even if the dark shades that characterized the debut album and Salisbury are far away, Uriah Heep keep intact the Hard Rock matrix of the 70s and are still able to do good things, as their album entitled Into The Wild can testify.

After a record like Wake The Sleep, which has been waiting for ten years, followed by a Celebration released to celebrate the band's forty years of career, plus a few extra bootlegs , the band led by the stainless Mick Box returns to the market aware of the fact that you are never too old to continue composing good music and, not least, thanks to a contract with Frontiers Records. After all, the band is rather compact thanks to all the elements, with Bernie Shaw (born in 1956) who, most of all, seems not to feel the weight of the years weighing on his shoulders.

And then Uriah Heep, from a certain point of view, as it had already happened on the occasion of the previous album, remain faithful only and exclusively to themselves, with a sound that only in some small parts, and especially on this occasion, seems to tend towards more "modern" shores. An example of this is the initial Nail On The Head, the first single from the record and, frankly, not my favourite one. The next and turbulent I Can See You is already beginning to put things in order, and then leaves room for all the splendor of a title-track (where Phil Lanzon's keyboards do their best work) that immediately earns the award as an absolute highlight of the entire work. What remains is a parade of pieces composed to perfection such as a Trail Of Diamonds to say the least splendid especially in the initial part, a T-Bird Angel perfectly suited in its refrains, or even the literally thrilling grand finale of Kiss Of Freedom.

Behind the sly smile of Box hides the heart of one of the greatest riff makers of all time, as demonstrated by the new songs supported by a fresh but powerful guitar work. Also in 2011 the Heep know how to be magical (the debut is dated 1970!), "Into The Wild" could not have been better, covered with a light progressive but damn hard patina, this album will not struggle to gather enthusiasm among the many admirers , scattered all over the world, of the historic English group.

prog_traveller!! | 4/5 |


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