THE SLEEPER – URIAH HEEP
as a Heep fan, is the album I was waiting for. It’s very ‘eavy at
times, unbelievable fast, and serious very serious Heep, well… it’s
a blast !! Really! Every instrument and voice sounds so full and
present. Bernies vocals are mature, deep and with a great feel.
Never heard him better. The vocal harmonies make me feel like coming
home and still these innovating arrangements are mind blowing. Mick
must have had a very good time in the Chapel studios. My god what
solos and riffs he is releasing here. The man is so fast…and so
good! Phil is playing the Hammond like he never did before. Such a
bright and fat sound. Wow ! Trevor also sounds like he has his
finest moments too, although he seems to fade a bit in the wall of
sound sometimes. The difference here is Russell. His speed power
drumming makes me totally crazy! I’m sure the rest of the band must
be inspired by his attitude. Such a nice bloke off stage but what an
animal behind the kit. The CD starts off with Wake the sleeper. Are
we awake after that one? Yes we are ! Heep never ever did such a
fast and heavy song. Many speed-doom-metal bands will wish they can
do it this way. The album has a variety from up tempo rockers to
storytelling epic songs. What kind of God is such a song. Bernie
takes us into the drama he is telling us about. A brilliant classic,
if you ask me. The songs are different, but all of the tracks carry
the Heepmarks they need. No weak spots. The album is so well
produced by Mike Paxman. Have I ever heard such a good sounding Heep
album? I guess not.
much closer to Sea of Light than to Sonic Origami. Wake the Sleeper
sounds like the band sounds on stage. It reveals the bands enormous
potential and it’s capacity with huge creativity. It’s totally Heep,
it’s totally Heep in 2008. No need for ‘umbleness. No way!
favourites: What kind of God , Shadow , Angels walk with you.