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"Demons And Wizards"
© Mercury Records
Year of Release: 1972
Traveller In Time
Circle Of Hands
All My Life
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"Demons And Wizards"
With an album like Demons And Wizards, and Halloween right around
the corner, this Uriah Heep album may not have songs sounding "creeping and
crawling," but it does have a unique sound, as in Classic Rock, Progressive
Rock, and even Hard Rock/Heavy Metal.
Call it Progressive Rock, the album's opening song "The Wizard"
grabs your attention, and if it didn't, the next two songs certainly will:
"Traveller In Time" certainly has the hard rock sound, for any Heavy
Metal fan to enjoy. One of Uriah Heep's most famous songs is on this album,
the Classic Rock favorite "Easy Livin'," as it defines (once again)
the hard rock sound. "Poet's Justice" definitely has the progressive
sound, as heard in such future bands as Kansas and Boston.
"Circle Of Hands" starts out with a Halloween-ish eerie organ sound,
as it kicks into another common sounding Progressive Rock classic -- very
impressive. Another impressive sounding song is "Rainbow Demon,"
as it has some very impressive vocals (slow and moving, as heard in Cream's
"Tales OF Brave Ulysses"), and, like many songs heard on this album,
it kicks into the style of Progressive Rock.
Hard Rock best defines "All My Life," as it has the same driving
style as heard in Rare Earth's "I Just Want To Celebrate," and again,
it's Progressive. With enough energy and loud music through the first seven
songs, the album's closing song, "Paradise/The Spell" slows things down,
music wise, as it is a very pleasant soft-rocker, a nice way to end an album
that is full of energy. Yet throughout this near 13 minute song, it does
switch into upbeat Progressive Rock, and back to slow pleasant music. (Don't
forget that most Progressive Rock bands featured this -- 10-minute plus
For the Progressive Rock fan, Uriah Heep's Demons And Wizards is
quite an earful... Uriah Heep may not be a band that gets heavy airplay on
Classic Rock/AOR radio stations, but there is quite a list of their material
that could easily get the nod of regular airplay. Quite frankly, each Uriah
Heep album I've heard, really doesn't have any complaints; it has the ingredients
of Progressive Rock/Classic Rock styles. As many Progressive Rock bands of the
1970s there were, Uriah Heep may not be at the top of that list, but they are
included, and for those who have them in their list, I'm sure that
they do not have any complaints either.
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