Hi guys. I hope you are all keeping well. I
will not mince my words, I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE Wake the Sleeper!
Please accept my own personal review of your amazing masterpiece.
First impressions are brilliant. Wake the Sleeper (the song) is a
fantastic introduction. Upbeat, sharp and catchy with great work
from all the band members and a thunderous start to the album. I
knew from this point on that Heep had done it once again and
produced a barnstorming piece of work. The guitar riffs are
spinebusting and the song grabs you by the scruff of the neck and
efuses to ease its grip until th climax.
Then it's onto Overload. Again, immense guitar riffs and a fantastic
headbanging rhythm. This track is even more superior to its live
counterpart. Bernie's vocals are top notch, Russell proves that he
is worthy of sitting on Lee's dumstool and Mick is going bonkers on
his weapon of choice, ably backed by Trevor. That repeating riff
during the chorus (the one that sounds a bit like the opening bars
of the German national anthem) is terrifyingly bonechilling and
sends shivers down my spine. SUPER SONG. SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER
Next we have Tears of the World. Are we given a breather? THE HELL
WE ARE!! More of the same. Very high levels of enthusiasm, passion
and slick, raw energy from all band members combine to crete another
masterpiece. Bonecrunching guitar, drum, keyboard etc work from the
first second to the last. Phil really gets a chance to shine here. I
almost had tears in my eyes listening to the beauty of this
recording. It REALLY has been worth the wait and at this point I
must bestow my most grateful thanks on Mick, Phil, Bernie, Russell
and Trevor. This is Heep as we all know and love.
Now it's the turn of Light of a Thousand Stars. Oh my goodness, the
passion just does not die! ANOTHER barnstormer! This one is slightly
lighter than what has gone before but make no mistake, this number
will have no trouble at all in keeping your complete and undivided
attention. Some truly marvellous lyrics I must say.
Heaven's Rain, come on down. Similar to songs from the Byron era,
this number seems like a refreshing trip down memory lane. Still
maintains the heavy aspect, but in other respects it is a slightly
more gentle number and will give your aching body a rest from all
that intense dancing up and down its predecessors will ensnare you
into performing. A really nice highlight is the guitar solo circa
1:50 which is soon accompanied by Russell's drums. This is then
followed by a SEARING guitar solo which for me is the highlight of
Book of Lies reminds me a little of Traveller in Time, especially at
the start but rest assured, this is no ghost from the past. A
wonderful, energetic number that keeps you hooked all the way
through. Bloody hell, can this album possbly GET any better? Listen
out for Mick round about the 2:00 marker.
What Kind of God Yes, it does get better. Here we have a nice,
relatively light (at least in comparison to the rest of the album)
number with powerful and moving lyrics. Has a strong second half
which gradually builds up to an absolutely thunderous climax and
beautifully compliments the more easy and gentle opening so all in
all a song with something for everyone.
Ghost of the Ocean is the next song up and we return to the
high-speed, face-melting guitar solo driven numbers. Certainly a
song to get your foot tapping to and a number in which all our boys
can allow themselves to sit back and let the music flow freely from
Angels Walk With You Well, they certainly walked with Heep when they
were composing this. A great, melancholy and haunting opening is
followed by a head stomping and air guitar whirling number which is
mind-numbingly excellent in its execution. The haunting feeling
briefly returns in the midde and makes the goose pimples rise on
your flesh before the hard rock elements come crashing back in
andassault your ears with a huge ferocity.
What's next? Shadow is next baby! It's no surprise that so many
songs on this album follow the classic Heep style, yet not one of
them is even close to a rip-off. This one is a fantastically catchy
tune that tugs at your eardrums with gleeful pleasure and you will
very soon find yourself belting out the chorus: "SHADOW!" along with
the band. A slight touch of Bird of Prey-style jams here and there
but only very slight. Killer guitar riff finale too.
Last but by no means least we have War Child and what an epic way to
finish! Could this be the July Morning of the 2000s? Killer drumming
by Russell and Bernie really throws himself into his vocal
performances. He is a very unique talent and he does this song, as
well as the entire album, spectacular justice.
Mick, well, Mick does what he does best. The guitar eleent is so
strong in Heep and Mick rises to the challenge at every chance and
he delivers unbelievable guitar work on every last song.
Phil is a demon on the keyboards and he really does grab the
opportunity to let rip with boh hands and the results are
phenomenal. Good old Trevor can always be expected to deliver solid
bass work and he never lets us down once. And Russell has
demonstrated to me that Heep really couldn't have chosen a better
drummer to fill the boots of the great Lee Kerslake. A true
masterpiece in every sense of the word.