Uriah Heep
Wake the Sleeper


3.5
great

Review

by Daniel Dias USER (67 Reviews)
July 25th, 2013 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Old-fashioned but new.

Wake the Sleeper was Uriah Heep's 21st studio album and it was released in June 2008. This album featured a change in the band's line-up: due to health problems, drummer Lee Kerslake was forced to leave the band and he was replaced by the experienced Russell Gilbrook, who had previously worked with numerous artists, such as Tony Iommi and Van Morrison. The band had not released an album in 10 years. In 1998, Sonic Origami had been released, and the album turned out to be acceptably good, but it was really just another album. The album had a minimal impact and rumors suggested the end of this longstanding band. But these guys would return with strength. Wake the Sleeper was truly unexpected and surprising for various reasons (the album was nominated by Classic Rock Magazine as Album of the Year).

Russell Gilbrook proves his bandmates that he is incredibly experienced and proficient. He is a skilled drummer and, in this album, he has done an incredible job. His task is phenomenal throughout Wake the Sleeper and he basically commands the entire style of the songs. Russell is also strongly connected with the other members of the band. This healthy environment is very important and it is carefully carried to the dynamic of the album. The initial songs of the album are incredibly powerful and raw. Wake the Sleeper, for instance, is one of the most powerful songs. It is an instrumental thrash-influenced song and it can be amazingly thrilling and electrifying. Oh, don't forget the astounding riff! Maybe it gets slightly repetitive after some time... But that is the only problem that one can point out. When it comes to awesome riffs, though, Overload wins. But the main riff is not that important... This song's lyrics are spectacular. The song follows an intriguing story of loss of control and self-doubt: A universe in isolation feeding your imagination; life moves faster than the speed of sound but you think you've got complete control; it makes your world go round and round.

Don't be fooled. Wake the Sleeper has some issues that needed to be overcomed. Light of a Thousand Stars turns out to be a good song, mainly because it has a catchy chorus, but it is very similar to Heaven's Rain. The last songs of the album easily get repetitive and boring after some time. But do not overlook the precious songs that can be discovered. Ghost of the Ocean, for example. Without trying to be unfair or partial, this song is unforgettable. Box's riff is very interesting and he cooperates with the wah-wah pedal with excellence. Plus, the song has an intense chorus. This is the biggest standout.

Overall, Wake the Sleeper turned out to be a great album for the band. It has its ups and downs, but this album's environment is excellent and they could come up with anthemic songs. This line-up seemed to have an important chemistry that others failed to have. 3 years after, they would release their 22nd album, entitled Into the Wild and it would be just as good...

[b]Recommended Tracks

Wake the Sleeper
Overload
What Kind Of God
Ghost of the Ocean



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danielcardoso
July 25th 2013


2307 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Wow, i can't believe there is only one more album to review.
Now that this journey is about to end tell me what you think.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
July 25th 2013


21036 Comments


You have real dedication to complete such a large discography and for that I commend you. Your reviews are good too, well the ones I've read anyway.

danielcardoso
July 25th 2013


2307 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thank you very much Jamie. I can see that you have an awesome musical taste, and it's a bit similar to mine, so coming from a guy like you, it means a lot ;)

TrueBlood
July 25th 2013


1388 Comments


Pos'd!


danielcardoso
July 25th 2013


2307 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thank you. Btw, do you know these guys? They're incredibly underrated on Sputnik.

TrueBlood
July 25th 2013


1388 Comments


Yup I do been jamming for years. I may have some of their albums rated on my other account.

danielcardoso
July 25th 2013


2307 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good to hear that.
This band needed/needs recognition on Sputnik.

tempest--
July 25th 2013


13927 Comments


This was the first Heep I heard and it fucking rules.

danielcardoso
July 26th 2013


2307 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Agreed, it rocks pretty hard.
Rate it, Lloyd.



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