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Uriah Heep - 1989 Raging Silence

ARTIST: Uriah Heep
ALBUM: Raging Silence
LABEL: Legacy
YEAR: 1989
CD REISSUE: 2000, Castle Music (UK), CMCAD561 * 2007, BMG (Japan), BVCM-35110, remastered, bonus, ltd edition


LINEUP: Bernie Shaw - vocals * Mick Box - guitars * Trevor Bolder - bass * Phil Lanzon - keyboards * Lee Kerslake - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Hold Your Head Up * 02 Blood Red Roses * 03 Voice On My TV * 04 Rich Kid * 05 Cry Freedom * 06 Bad Bad Man * 07 More Fool You * 08 When The War Is Over * 09 Lifeline * 10 Rough Justice


The three Pete Goalby fronted albums did a lot to bring respectability back to the name of Uriah Heep, especially after the late 70's lineup shuffles. In 1985 Goalby and John Sinclair both left Heep, causing another reshuffle and beginning yet another chapter in their history. The replacements were inspired, Shaw and Lanzon previously with Grand Prix on their 1980 debut, with Shaw also enjoying a stint with Praying Mantis. It took until 1989 for recorded output from the lineup, and while it was still in the melodic vein of the Goalby years, it wasn't quite as AOR tinged, more of a regular hard rock album.

The Songs
Heep rolled out three covers for 'Raging Silence', the opening track a cover of Argent's 'Hold Your Head Up'. It's acceptable, but Heep could have done better with their selection of a single. Heep were more of a legend than Argent anyway. Working far better is 'When The War Is Over', which of course was a hit for Cold Chisel back in 1982. Reworked into Heep's own style you could be fooled into believing it was a Heep original. However the cover of Le Roux's 'Lifeline' doesn't stack up, despite Shaw's inspired vocals. 'Blood Red Roses' was written by Goalby and would have easily fit on 'Equator', which is when it was probably written. Quality late 80's melodic rock. Sadly 'Voice On My TV' plods slightly, with a slow opening, but the chorus saves it. Shaw sounds a bit like Pete Way on 'Rich Kid', but 'Cry Freedom' has him sounding like David Byron, a vintage Heep rocker thanks to Box's guitar work. 'Bad Bad Man' is a rocker that mixes Jimmy Barnes with INXS, but it works to ferocious effect. 'Rough Justice' is even better, a tough piece of melodic hard rock, which equals anything by Goalby. Not 100% consistent perhaps overall, but still a fine comeback for Mick and the lads.

In Summary
This lineup lasted longer than any in Heep's history, with Kerslake leaving in 2007 due to illness. Having said that the last studio album was ten years ago, although a new one is due shortly. Nearly twenty years on, 'Raging Silence' is clearly a late 80's product, but a very good one. Heep have never been in the habit of releasing poor albums, and this is as good as anything they did in the 80's. Highly recommended for lovers of heavier melodic rock.

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#1 | gdazegod on November 15 2009 08:20:19
Gotta say, I gave this a listen recently. The versions of 'When The War Is Over' and 'Lifeline' aren't much chop unfortunately. For me, 'When The War Is Over' can only be sung by John Farnham or Jimmy Barnes.. sorry.. The version that LRB do on 'No Reins' is killer! As for the Le Roux cover.. leave it to Fergie to sing please..
#2 | AOR Lee on October 12 2014 17:33:30
Agree on When The War Is Over, but I was very pleasantly surprised by Lifeline, thoroughly enjoyed it
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