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Lucifer's Friend

URIAH HEEP certainly comes to mind when you hear LUCIFER'S FRIEND, as do LED ZEPPELIN, DEEP PURPLE andBLACKSABBATH to some extent,although you can't accuse the FRIEND of cloning them as none had attained their notorietyas yet.The band started off as ASTRIX in 1970, withfrontman and future URIAH HEEP vocalist John Lawton teaming up withguitaristPeter Hesslein, keyboardist Peter Hecht, bassist Dieter Horns anddrummer Joachim Rietenbach. Through variouspersonnelchanges over the course of twelve years - including Lawton exiting in '76 and then returningfor a last gasp in '81 -the bandreleased ...read more

URIAH HEEP certainly comes to mind when you hear LUCIFER'S FRIEND, as do LED ZEPPELIN, DEEP PURPLE andBLACKSABBATH to some extent,although you can't accuse the FRIEND of cloning them as none had attained their notorietyas yet.The band started off as ASTRIX in 1970, withfrontman and future URIAH HEEP vocalist John Lawton teaming up withguitaristPeter Hesslein, keyboardist Peter Hecht, bassist Dieter Horns anddrummer Joachim Rietenbach. Through variouspersonnelchanges over the course of twelve years - including Lawton exiting in '76 and then returningfor a last gasp in '81 -the bandreleased nine studio albums and two compliations. In '82, they split up but reunited in '94 for a night album.

Their earlier releases are aggressive and raw, not unlike The SCORPIONS, JANE or LONESOME CROW. Living up to theirsinistername, they performedheavy, mean, keyboard-based rock that should please LED ZEP, SABBATH or PURPLE fans. Thencametheir absolute masterpiece, "Banquet", in 1974,which focusses on epic prog numbers with complex instrumentation,completewith string and horn arrangements, and Lawton giving his full. throttlevocal performance. This album perfectly pulledtogetherthe many different elements of their sound: prog, soul, jazz and hard rock. If you want tosample some LUCIFER'SFRIEND,you could try their compilation albums; if you want to hear LUCIFER'S FRIEND at their proggiest, go for the"Banquet"- theirsubsequent releases received mixed reviews, particularly "Sumogrip" in 1994.

Fans of URIAH HEEP or those interested in the roots of heavy metal definitely ought to get their hands on some oftheseitems.

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1980

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1978

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1976

3.5
1 Votes
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1974

4.4
17 Votes
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1973

3.5
1 Votes
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1972

3.8
6 Votes
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1970

3.9
23 Votes

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