Review Summary: The end?Into the Wild
was Uriah Heep's 22nd studio album and it was released in April 2011. This is the 2nd album that featured the following line-up: Bernie Shaw; Mick Box; Phil Lanzon; Trevor Bolder; Russell Gilbrook. After Gilbrook's exceptional performance in the band's previous album he established himself as the permanent drummer of the band. In 2008 the release of Wake the Sleeper
was unexpected and surprisingly positive. The album itself wasn't exactly innovating or groundbreaking but it was extremely well accepted by the critical press and the longstanding fans. It turned to be a good comeback
, a return to form. Russell Gilbrook proved to be very important to the other members of the band, who desperately needed a proficient drummer, and this line-up's success led to the release of one more album.
This album easily turns out to be pleasant to listen to. The members of the band are focused and they're amazingly connected with each other. The production of the album is also very good, and each musician can live up to his task perfectly. There are some minor flaws throughout the album, but what else could we expect from these guys, at this point in their career? We couldn't ask for an album as brilliant as Demons and Wizards
, could we? The strong opener Nail on the Head
gives us a clear picture of the entire album. Its dynamic and style is incredibly nostalgic, being a bit similar to Suicidal Man
. The chorus is very catchy but it gets so
repetitive. Nonetheless, this song is perfect for an opener. I Can See You
gets even better. It is very stepped up and the instruments create a great environment. Mr. Lanzon showcases his abilities with amazing organ riffs, and Box's solo is wonderful.
Into the Wild
's lyricism deserves recognition. The band manages to recapture one of Uriah Heep's trademarks: the fantasy lyrics
. Trail of Diamonds
is possibly the song that has the best lyrics: I had a dream at daybreak, the whole of time stood still; and in my crystal vision I saw a shadow on a hill; and then she started walking into the bright blue sky; I tried to follow closely and I knew the reason why.
Coincidentally, this song is possibly one of the biggest standouts. It's very intriguing/imaginative and it's the song that adequately showcases the musicians' creativity. Then, they basically drain inspiration from other bands. But that's not a bad thing at all. Money Talk
, for instance, is very AC/DC influenced
. The main riff is similar to most of Angus Young's riffs. Bernie Shaw's voice is amazing in this song and he perfectly cooperates with Mick Box. Southern Star
turns out to be a good mix of folk and rock music. It's not exactly the best song of the album, but one can easily listen to the song without feeling bored.
Sadly, some of the songs fail to be captivating or minimally interesting. T-bird Angel
is probably the least interesting song of the album. The musicians seem to be uninspired and Shaw can't seem to sing with soul in this song. The organ riff is actually interesting, but it can't save this. Believe
only turns out to be a radio-friendly ballad and it's not appealing. The rest of the album is actually very solid. Probably there aren't any new Uriah Heep classics but some of the songs are very strong and catchy.
Overall, Into the Wild
managed to showcase the best out of each member of the band. Excluding 2008's Wake the Sleeper
, it's probably the best album with Phil Lanzon and Bernie Shaw. In May 2013, bassist Trevor Bolder died of pancreatic cancer and rumors are starting to suggest the end of Uriah Heep. I don't know if the band will not release more albums or not, but if Into the Wild
represents the end of an era, I can easily say that this end is as good as it could be. Bravo!
Into The Wild
I Can See You
Trail Of Diamonds
R.I.P. Gary Thain
R.I.P. David Byron
R.I.P. Trevor Bolder