Uriah Heep Wake The Sleeper Universal
Produced By: Mike Paxman

Running Time: 50.44

Release Date: Out Now


Musical Style: Classic Rock

Links: Uriah Heep
Songs: 90%
Sound: 95%
It really is a joy to listen to this album. I am a casual Heep fan more of an observer even. But I own a few of the band's albums from the 80s/90s and on Wake The Sleeper, only the drummer has changed from the line-up that recorded Raging Silence in 1989.
What I like about this album is that apart from the production techniques used to give it a sonic sound fitting with today's setting, it could have come from just about any era within Heep's long career. It really is classic Uriah Heep in every way and I'm loving it.
The frantic and over the top intro track certainly got my attention, but from the first line of Overload, with the thumping rhythm section and the trademark keyboard swirls of Phil Lanzon, you just know Heep is back.
Their first album in 10 years sees the guys strike with a classic collection of songs pumping hard rock anthems such as Overload, Ghost Of The Ocean and Tears Of The World (great chorus!); Groovy 70s inspired blues rockers like What Kind Of God and Angels Walk With You and there's even a few straight ahead melodic rockers for good measure such as Book Of Lies, Light Of A Thousand Dancers and Heaven's Rain.
Bernie's Shaw vocals are as warm as ever and Mick Box tears it up...whatmore could you ask for?
The Bottom Line
Wonderfully produced by Mike Paxman, this album is to my ears classic Uriah Heep in every way and the guys have delivered a winning combination of songs that covers all the ground the band has done in the past. Another great album for 2008 and one Heep fans will I think rate as the band's best in 20+ years.
Discography / Previously Reviewed

Line Up:
Bernie Shaw: Vocals
Mick Box: Guitars, Vocals
Russell Gilbrook: Drums, Vocals
Trevor Bolder: Bass, Vocals
Phil Lanzon: Keyboards, Vocals

Essential For Fans Of:
The Heep!
Track Listing
Wake The Sleeper
Overload *
Tears Of The World *
Light Of A Thousand Stars *
Heaven's Rain
Book Of Lies *
What Kind Of God
Ghost Of The Ocean *
Angels Walk With You
War Child

* --*Best Tracks

ADD YOUR OWN REVIEW! (Ratings out of 100)