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.
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!
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It is time again to take stock of sounds discovered and bands unearthed. But for the first time from an angle of the posts themselves and how they rated with you, the readers. The RockmusicRaider officescape would, of course, like to think that the likes and shares are a result of masterful penmanship.
But, hey, dream on. The written word is one of the vectors to get to the most popular posts, of course. But it is the musicians that really delivered their music with their hearts’ blood and essence of their mutual souls. And this … [...] Click to raid more!
If you are looking to pick up some Uriah Heep records, there is no way around their 1972 piece Demons and Wizards. This one is probably one of the best, if not THE best album they made at that time. Or ever since for that matter, alongside The Magician’s Birthday, released surprisingly that same year.
And let’s not forget: The ’70s were the most productive set of years in the history of the band. On three occasions – 1971, 1972, and 1977 – Uriah Heep produced two albums. For each one of those years. And this is only for the studio albums, not counting the live … [...] Click to raid more!