The path to greatness (or the lack thereof) by any one band out there often1) feels like a journey. Sometimes it is a stairway to heaven, but – more often – a friggin’ rollercoaster to doom. The latter one is usually driven by often bizarre tenets that must be followed. Because the powers that be demand it, whoever that might be, by the way. The road to hell is paved with good intentions, as the proverb goes.
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 formed … [...] Click to raid more!
For many moons, the drums were beating about this new piece Hex A.D. were about to release. It will be good, they said. It’s from Norway, they said. And for once not of the blackest of black kind. Nor really metallic, neither.
In truth, the band’s file kinda disappeared into the murky depths of the review pipe. It’s sometimes a bit like one of those monstrous libraries. The filing system sucks, and your research always seems to turn up something else. But here I stumbled across a few pretty favorable opinions that gave me pause.
If there was one 2019 album that kinda lurked in the back of my mind, it is Opeth‘s In Cauda Venenum. The piece generated a constant and considerable background chatter, one that we found difficult to ignore. To the point that the crew here finally decided to give it a go.
The band graced the fan crowd with their 13th installment late last year. If this will be their lucky number remains to be seen. But they sure tried their best with an English and a Swedish version on that very same … [...] Click to raid more!