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Uriah Heep


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3.62 | 183 ratings

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4 stars When I bought Sea of Light by Uriah Heep I must have been 18 years old. I was already a great fan of their seventies work, I even loved their John Lawton-lps

I was a fan of progrock and hardrock simultaneously, so Uriah Heep was right up my lane.

Sea of Light is one of those hardrock albums wich is both redneck/tough barrock (same label and producer as Molly Hatchet and Saxon; Kalle Trapp and Piet Sielck) and light-prog. Uriah Heep may be one of those classic rockbands that keeps amaze fans and critics. Mick Box and Lee Kerslake never seem to get tired and keep the tempo up.

This album has some generic rockers: Sweet Sugar, Fires of Hell, Words in the Distance, Spirit of Freedom, some ballads: Dream On, Mistress of All Time, some progrockers: Logical Progression, Love in Silence, Universal Wheels and uptempo heavy rock: Against the Odds, Fear of Falling, Time of Revelation.

All in all, a very good effort. I only rate Sonic Origami higher because it sounds more mature. But Sea of Light sounds hungry , really hungry, like Wake the Sleeper and Return to Fantasy did. Sometimes Heep needs to stir things up and shake up the world. Sometimes they have to show the world that they are still relevant.

Too bad, they never had a decent label to support the music. I believe this was their only album for SPV/Steamhammer, as the band moved on towards Castle Records next.

Kingsnake | 4/5 |


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