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Uriah Heep


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2.81 | 167 ratings

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4 stars Well, I do think that it is a fine album, but it's kind of far from prog rock for Uriah Heep, but it did boost their popularity alot and they were Heavy Metal gods by now. Mick Box is playing some great riffs, and the rest of the band is doing well. The vocalist is great, the basslines are awesome, and drumming is nice and very heavy. This album is a huge step up from some of their previous albums.

"To Scared to Run" is excellent. The very Heavy riff is just scary, and it shows the real talent of Mick at his best. The vocals are excellent by the new vocalist Peter Goalby. This song is really a top cut. "Chasing Shadows" is more poppy, but the keyboards and synthesizers on this track are excellent. The guitar solo in the beginning works very well with the riff being played under it. The bassline is very flowing, and works well with the crunching guitar riff. The vocals are loud and are very powerful. The lyrics are okay. "On the Rebound" has on odd intro, but the keyboards are nice in the beginning. The vocals over the keyboards are very nice and are very loud, smooth sounding. The lyrics are a bit repetetive, saying the title of the song over and over again, but the lyrics don't bust the overall music. "Hot Night in a Cold Town" has a very soothing and nice piano intro, and the vocals that are over it have some really nice emotion and sound excellent. It's more of a ballad type of song, but the lyrics seem to have some really nice meaning. "Running All Night (With a Lion" is excellent, as the guitar riff lays itself out, and works well with the organ's being played at the time, and vocals are really excellent are very loud. The lyrics are okay on this track, but not amazing. The bassline isn't very loud, but the rhythm section is really holding everything together. "That's the Way it is" has some electric guitar and acoustic guitar being played over each other in the intro, but this song turns into a boring ballad really quick. It seems like i've heard it before, same type of lyrics and same type of music, same old same old. "Prisioner" is pretty much the same thing as the last track, bad lyrics, and the same old sound. The guitar is appreciated though, but everything else just seems to be the same as the rest of the ballad's. "Hot Persuasion" starts with a fading in organ solo, and it sounds really scary. The guitar's, bass, and drums quickly join the keyboards with a very heavy riff. The vocals are excellent, and are very loud and forceful, like most of this album. The lyrics aren't that good, even for Heep. "Sell Your Soul" is a good longer track, loud vocal harmonies throughout the song, with a very heavy and almost Black Sabbath kind of riff, at least to me. After the heavyness of the intro, it goes into a more poppy sounding type of song, with much faster timing, and louder drumming and vcoals. The lyrics are still dealing with the same stuff. "Think it Over" is really boring when it really gets into it, but the intro sounds like something that Tangerine Dream would do. After the great intro, it just gets terrible, terrible closer, I must say.

Though this album has some lemon's and bad lyrics at times, most of the songs are great and are worth having in a more progressive metal type of collection. A 4 stars because it's and excellent addtion to your prog collection.

Rushlover13 | 4/5 |


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