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Wake The Sleeper Uriah Heep
Wake The Sleeper
Sanctuary


   

We are all waiting for something in this life… Others wait for Chinese Democracy of Guns’n Roses to be released for 15 years now, others the new album of AC/DC since 2000, others the improbable reunion of Mk II of Deep Purple and others the next non live album of KISS…

I remember when I first listened to the just-released then Sonic Origami. Heep had left the best of impressions with Sea Of Light of 1995 and their new, then, record was the climax of the effort of the band through the 90s, to find again their position in the rocking world. As far as the quality of their work, I think they made it. What is more important though is that this album made their fans to anxiously expect the next one…

In contrast to the afore-mentioned examples, Wake The Sleeper may have delayed for ten whole years, but it is here now, right in our hands (ok, probably the new AC/DC will be out as well this year). In the meantime, many things happened. Mick Box dropped the band management, Uriah Heep signed with Sanctuary, which was recently taken over by Universal and above all, Lee Kerslake decided to retire due to health issues. Nevertheless, and despite the large time interval, Wake The Sleeper keeps up from where Sonic Origami laid off.

The album opens up with the homonymous, mainly instrumental track, whose title and chorus signals the awakening of the band and their return from the recording obscurity back to action. The second Overload seems like a left-over from the Sonic Origami sessions, looking like Between Two Worlds (the Origami opener) in many ways. Those who really mark out of Wake The Sleeper are the Light Of A Thousand Stars, the amazing Book Of Lies and the powerful Shadow.

There wouldn’t be anything less, expected by these musicians. Even the new Russell Gilbrook seems to have easily taken the position of Kerslake on the drums. The album can be considered as a successful one and one point below their previous achievement. I hope they keep up this way and that the crisis of the recording industry will not act – again – as a sleeping pill.

George Anasontzis




 
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