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Uriah Heep - 2011 Into The Wild

ARTIST: Uriah Heep
ALBUM: Into The Wild
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2011


LINEUP: Bernie Shaw - vocals * Mick Box - guitar * Trevor Bolder - bass * Phil Lanzon - keyboards * Russell Gilbrook - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Nail On The Head * 02 I Can See You * 03 Into The Wild * 04 Money Talk * 05 Trail Of Diamonds * 06 Lost * 07 Believe * 08 Southern Star * 09 I'm Ready * 10 T-Bird Angel * 11 Kiss Of Freedom * 12 Hard Way To Learn (bonus)



After a recording drought that lasted from 1998 to 2008, Uriah Heep seem to have rediscovered their studio touch again, with their 22nd album following on the heels on the pointless 'Celebration' release of 2009. What Heep have to prove in this day and age is anyone's guess, but on the evidence of this latest offering they still have plenty of creativity and musical validity left in them. I wasn't too fond of 'Sonic Origami' or 'Awake The Sleeper', but this recalls the excellence of the earlier Bernie Shaw albums of the late 80's to mid 90's. There's an abundance of melodic hard rock within and in a disappointing year so far for new music, this stands out as a highlight.

The Songs
Always a group with a knack for a good opener, Heep don't disappoint with the hard rock attack of 'Nail On The Head'. Musically it's got a latter day Deep Purple vibe, especially Shaw's vocals, but it's very accessible melodically with Box letting rip during one quite heavy instrumental section. Heep turn up the pace with 'I Can See You', which is nice to hear after the last couple of albums tending to ponder slightly. A good rocker for sure. The title track maintains this intensity with more energy, the organ and riffs mixing well, recalling both 70's and 80's Heep. The chorus here could have fit on any Pete Goalby album. It's hard not to think of Purple again during 'Money Talk', but the huge chanted chorus is a nice touch. 'I'm Ready' is upfront also, proving Heep still have what it takes to be a viable hard rock outfit. As Purple sounding as this is, it definitely blows Purple's last few albums away. 'Trail Of Diamonds' is the first track over five minutes and not quite as riveting due to its ponderous instrumental nature but 'Southern Star' is gloriously over the top with it's admittedly cornball hook. I have to say again however, is that Gillan on vocals? For a minute I thought 'Believe' was an outtake from 'Head First' especially with Box's guitar tone, taking us back to those great AOR inspired days of 1983. The chorus isn't far off that album either, all that's missing is synthesizer rather than the organ. 'Kiss Of Freedom' has a 70's flavour, epic in delivery, especially the soaring vocal lines, which end the album in grand style.

In Summary
This recording doesn't seem to have gained much of a profile since it's release earlier this year and it's a shame as it's easily the bands most consistent effort in 16 years, not that there's been much in between to be honest. While it certainly never scales the heights of 'Abominog' or even 'Raging Silence', this is a definite step in the right direction for Heep, depending on how much longer they intend to deliver their familiar brand of classic hard rock.

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#1 | Nick_L on April 22 2011 14:26:53
thanks for posting this Dangerzone, and I have to assume from your words that Bernie Shaw put in yet another great vocal performance? I' m a massive fan of the guy!
#2 | gdazegod on April 23 2011 01:25:27
Official video: 'Nail On The Head'.
YouTube Video:
#3 | george_the_jack on April 23 2011 01:42:16
Bernie has such an exceptional voice! I agree with all the above.I've always been a fan of his work. New UH is surely in my "to be checked out" list.
#4 | Jez on July 20 2011 12:10:08
Another year, another very very good Uriah Heep album. Great to see that, once again, the band steadfastly refuses (apart from their 80's output) to give up on their token sound that is unashamedly 70's in sound. 'T-Bird Angel' is one of the standout songs on a very strong disc.
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