Uriah Heep
Abominog


3.0
good

Review

by menawati CONTRIBUTOR (90 Reviews)
October 15th, 2012 | 15 replies


Release Date: 1982 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Uriah Heep are faltering on this release but they show that there is still some embers of life left in the old beast yet. Bombastic hard rock that may find modern day metal fans running for a sick bag with their left foot involuntarily tapping.

Several semi-respectable old style hard rocks bands rode the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal in the early 80's and believed that updating their sound to give it a more commercial edge might win them new found success. Uriah Heep are a prime example of this philosophy. These unabashed dinosaurs of 70's hard rock decided to go even further with their change in style and tread the syrupy waters of AOR on their 14th studio release, 'Abominog', with it's cover art that seemed purposely designed to appeal to Iron Maiden fans of the time. This was the dinosaur raising it's head for a last stifled roar before the new wave and post-punk movements totally engulfed it's world.

Uriah Heep had a new vocalist on board for this release in the guise of Peter Goalby and his contribution is really one of the highlights of the album. The range and power of his delivery suit the typically bombastic cheesy hard rock that the band were famous for. He injects a much needed sense of passion when they tone it down and resort to balladry as on the Russ Ballard penned minor-hit 'The Way That It Is' and the pop metal anthem 'Think It Over'. Uriah Heep were sometimes the butt of many a joke referring to hoary old hard rock acts and things do take on a decidly 'Spinal Tap' edge at times. 'Running All Night With The Lion' seems to be an attempt at some literary influenced dabblings and it seems sort of apt that Mick Box chose a children's book. Maybe he was reading C.S.Lewis to his kids at the time but ridiculous lines such as 'And I'm thinking, what's this fox's game, to be honest, I was ready, to play that white witch's game' are likely to induce hilarity in even a 7 year old. At least the song has a catchy ascending riff and foot tapping rhythm. Maybe the highlight on here is the overblown opener 'Too Scared To Run', a song about being ..erm..too scared to run from something with typically half-baked hard rock lyrics. It does however have an infectious driving rhythm, some appealing lead guitar flourishes and maybe even ranks up alongside the likes of 'Easy Living' as one of the best of their cheesy straightforward hard rock numbers.

I very much doubt that the heavy pomp rock served up by Uriah Heep in this album would appeal to modern day metal fans. Fans of early Styx would probably love it but I guess that isn't much of a recommendation these days. However, if you can dispense with any prejudices towards this sort of overblown pompous commercial hard rock a lot of the music on here can be quite enjoyable at times. Not up there with the likes of 'Demons & Wizards' but entertaining nonetheless.



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menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 15th 2012


16018 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Too scared to run - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlf-EavviSA
Think it over - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOYUQgNT2cY
running all night with the lion - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iT4LpXIdL6o

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 15th 2012


19743 Comments


14th studio album?! damn never even heard them sounds like a fun album though good review pos'd.

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truekebabpower
October 15th 2012


639 Comments


good review, older rock isn't really my kind of thing, although I do remember fondly of how my dad used to play this mix of classic, mostly seventies hard rock(Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin you get the picture). Easy livin' and Look at yourself were on there and they were one of my favourites. The tracks you listed were pretty much what I'd excpect, although I'm most probably not going to listen to the whole album, as you said, I probably wouldn't appreciate anyway.

KILL
October 15th 2012


71750 Comments


never heard of uriah heep wtf atari, great review as usual

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menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 15th 2012


16018 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

demons and wizards prolly best for a first try

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 15th 2012


19743 Comments


sorry to disappoint you kill ;D

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
October 15th 2012


20649 Comments


Haven't heard this one. I'm a big fan of their early 70's stuff.

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SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
October 15th 2012


4424 Comments


Good review, Mena. Never heard this one either.
POS'd.

Titan
October 15th 2012


4884 Comments


your reviews are all very well written......pos'd

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 15th 2012


16018 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ty guys

Antonius
April 5th 2013


228 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Very well said. Actually the first line of the summary says it all. Pos'd

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Michiel
October 13th 2013


2 Comments


It's an enjoyable album on which they sound very much like The Sweet.

MrSirLordGentleman
February 6th 2014


4402 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

don't you hate when an album that you know it isn't good starts growing on you to a point you can't help but giving it a higher rate?

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Antonius
February 7th 2014


228 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

happened a thousand time for me. And the funny part is that you'll even try to convince other people to give it more attention. But it will end up by looking at you curiously :D

MrSirLordGentleman
May 19th 2014


4402 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Probably I'm speaking through the voice of someone who finds in here a big, BIG, guilty pleasure, but while 5 of the songs are pretty lame, the other half is full of classic cheesinees. Best AOR right here, along with Down to Earth



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