“Light of a Thousand Stars” has Bernie Shaw on great form. “Heaven’s Rain” follows atmospherically and contains a wonderful guitar break that would have Mick Box being easily picked out from an identification parade. “Book of Lies” is infectiously good and leads into the epic “What Kind of God” a track that makes that ten year wait more than worthwhile. It is stirring, it is monumental, it is passionate, and it is Uriah Heep, back and back on form. The Heep powerfest, “Ghost of the Ocean”, the impressive “Angels Walk With You” that opens out into a keyboard, “Shadow”, and “War Child” bring the album to a solid conclusion.
Their heritage is acknowledged in the sleeve notes when Mick writes a dedication not only to Lee Kerslake’s health but to ‘David Byron and Gary Thain – your inspiring musical legacy lives on’. Too right it does and with Wake the Sleeper Uriah Heep have conjured up an album that adds yet another quality addition to their incredible history and leaves their legend well and truly intact. Wake the Sleeper was well worth the wait.
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