Some pieces of news render me thoughtful and mellow. One of these was the passing of Ken Hensley on 4 November 2020, a key and founding member of Uriah Heep with a tenure of 10 years. A short while ago, we already had to digest the demise of Lee Kerslake after a long illness, and now this. Truly, 2020 will not stay in our memory as a good year.
Ah, it’s time for another one, ain’t it? A long time has passed since our last Heep review. And what better times than these difficult ones to write a new piece on one of the most underrated rock bands of all time.
And – of course – what immediately comes to mind is the year 1972. That is when the breakthrough record Demons and Wizards hit the shelves with a vengeance. And – more importantly – when Uriah Heep boasted one of their strongest lineups ever. David Byron, Ken Hensley, Mick Box, Lee Kerslake, and Gary Thain… [...] Click to raid more!
From time to time we like to reach backward, way into the past. To those days when rock was a hot item and metal slowly appeared on the scene.
Uriah Heep surely is one of these bands that shaped the future of rock and – to an extent – the emergence of metal. They truly were a staple of the ’70s and ’80s and still go strong to this day.
And it’s funny, ain’t it? Today’s progressive bands – rock or metal – generate a ton of interest. Mainly because they’re outside of the proverbial box and exude that odor of … [...] Click to raid more!
Towards the end of the ’70s, Uriah Heep lost their compass somewhat after their fulminant successes during the earlier years. Demons and Wizards, The Magician’s Birthday, or again Salisbury, all of them great records, were already behind them.
In between the band produced a bunch of somewhat unfocused and seemingly hastily assembled records that frankly pulled the overall quality of the offering down. And this tendency accelerated as the first decade of their career slowly came to an end.
Uriah Heep also had that knack to produce one or two hits in those aforementioned otherwise unremarkable albums. … [...] Click to raid more!