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Uriah Heep


Heavy Prog

4.07 | 798 ratings

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The Runaway
5 stars Don't argue, there is always a counter-argument...

What is there to say about Demons & Wizards tht hasn't already been said? Some tracks are simply mind-blowing, while some are hard-rock nonesense, but that doesn't matter, as Demons & Wizards is worth it!

Starting with the song The Wizard (the only song to feature former Uriah Heep bassist Mark Clarke, replaced afterwards by virtuoso Gary Thain), a half-acoustic half-electric song, reminiscent of the poppier songs of prog bands, such as Sympathy by Rare Bird. It's a good song, but not one of the great songs on this album.

Then comes Traveller in Time, which sounds like a cross between Deep Purple and Rush, mixing distorted Hammond organ sounds with heavy guitar riffs to create a masterpiece of prog.

The third song is the famous Easy Livin', which isn't that good of a song, featuring bluesy shufflle beats and again, distorted Hammond sounds.

Circle of Hands is one of the masterpieces on this album, a 6 minute prog piece starting with only a hammond organ, which now becomes a central part of this album, and vocals, and transforms into a full-band song, with an amazing guitar solo by Mick Box.

Rainbow Demon is another rocker track, similar to Easy Livin', but actually better. There is not much to say about these tracks, as they feature no complexity whatsoever. I can say they are recommended for fans of Deep Purple though.

Paradise/ The Spell is THE moment where all of your listening pays off! Paradise starts off acoustic, and around 2 minutes in, turns into an amazing fade out part, with a simple chord sequence, yet grandiose. The song fades out and then fade straight back into The Spell, which is rocky at first, but then becomes a massive prog piece, featuring a lengthy slide solo by guitarist Mick Box, yet again.

Demons & Wizards is a must-buy for every fan of Rush, Deep Purple, and Uriah Heep. 5/5, and one word; amazing.

The Runaway | 5/5 |


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