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Uriah Heep: Chaos & Colour

For their 25th studio release, legendary British heavy rock institution Uriah Heep look to somehow follow-up their terrific 2018 album Living the Dream, and wouldn't you know it, the band once again hits the ball completely out of the park. Starting with 2008's Wake the Sleeper, this band have embraced the 2000s in a major way, releasing some of their strongest albums since the 1970s. Led by founding member & guitarist Mick Box, the rest of the line-up are longtime veterans of Heep at this point; vocalist Bernie Shaw, keyboard player Phil Lanzon, drummer Russell Gillbrook, and bassist Davey Rimmer. Together, they have produced another Uriah Heep album that contains all the elements of what had made this band so great from day one: hard hitting guitar riffs, screaming wah-wah solos, gargantuan Hammond organ, lean & muscular bass, strong lead vocals and rich backing vocals, nimble & powerful drumming, and songs that bridge the gap between hard rock, prog, psych, and metal.

As for the songs on Chaos & Colour, there's not a weak one to be found. You want the heavy stuff? Go right to "Save Me Tonight", "Silver Sunlight", "Hurricane", "Hail the Sunrise" (image of the classic "Gypsy" on this one), and "Fly Like an Eagle. How about the prog side of the band? Well, you won't be disappointed with the wealth of intricate Hammond organ and symphonic flair of "Age of Changes", "Golden Light", and the great messaging of "One Nation, One Sun". Those trademark Heep vocal harmonies are everywhere, the choruses are ultra memorable, and Bernie for his part is singing his ass off on this album, Just check him out battling Phil's heavy Hammond and Mick's snarling riffs on "Freedom to Be Free", another excellent track here that contains all the classic Heep elements, even some barnstorming lead bass lines from Rimmer, who is nice and high in the mix throughout the album and really makes his presence felt. Check out "Closer to Your Dreams", which is the second cousin to their biggest hit "Easy Livin'". Another aspect of this album that contributes to its success is that everyone pretty much has a hand in the writing, and it clearly shows a band that are all on the same page as to what Uriah Heep in 2023 needs to sound like.

I've been calling Living the Dream my favorite Uriah Heep album of the last 20 years pretty much since it came out, and everyone is asking me if Chaos & Colour has topped it in my eyes. It's probably too early to tell, but it's close...damn close. Do not miss this one, it's an early contender for album of 2023.

Track Listing
1. Save Me Tonight
2. Silver Sunlight
3. Hail the Sunrise
4. Age of Changes
5. Hurricane
6. One Nation, One Sun
7. Golden Light
8. You’ll Never Be Alone
9. Fly Like an Eagle
10. Freedom to Be Free
11. Closer to Your Dreams
12. Save Me Tonight (Demo)

Added: March 21st 2023
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
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Language: english

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Uriah Heep: Chaos & Colour
Posted by Eric Porter, SoT Staff Writer on 2023-03-21 10:58:10
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How can it be that a band like Uriah Heep crossed my radar, but I was never intrigued enough to buy one of their albums? “Chaos & Colour” is the bands 25th studio release as they blaze on into their 5th decade. The combination of Mick Box’s heavy guitar riffs and the growling organ of John Lanzon provide the knockout punch for these rocking tracks. They immediately kick the door in with the opening “Save Me Tonight” and keep the pedal to the floor. The songs are catchy, feature excellent vocals, and the production is top notch. This is plain and simply an excellent hard rocking album that begs to be cranked up! “Hurricane” is another one where the riff will reel you in, while lead vocalist Bernie Shaw sings with authority. The track features more back and forth between Box and Lanzon, great energy. “Freedom to be Free” has more excellent soloing from Mick Box, and bassist Dave Rimmer rips on his bass.

All I can say is that Uriah Heep should not be dismissed as they sound vital. I know this has me interested and will dig into the bands catalog to hear more. So many bands if they make it this far seem to ride on past glory, and often offer up lame attempts that pale in comparison to their heyday. Uriah Heep seem focused on the here and now, and have given their fans an excellent album.

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