Uriah Heep Demons and Wizards on Limited Edition Green Colored LP from Wax Cathedral
Hit 1972 Album Remains Best Effort of British Band's Four-Decade-Plus Career
Imaginative Cover Art, Fantasy-Based Narratives, Dreamy Music Combine to Form Gothic-Accented Prog Classic
Fantastic Vinyl Pressing Rivals the Original
Magic spells, time-traveling futurists, sword-bearing horse riders, mountain-residing sorcerers, possessed journeyman, ominous warnings: Demons and Wizards lives up to its name as a collection of fantasy-based narratives rooted in dreamy, gothic-minded arrangements. Universally recognized as the finest effort of Uriah Heep’s four-decade-plus career, the 1972 LP perseveres as a prog-rock landmark that influenced countless of bands ranging from Metallica to Styx to Blind Guardian.
The first album on which founding members Mick Box, Ken Hensley, and David Byron are joined by staple drummer Lee Kerslake, the Top 30-charting Demons and Wizards captivates and charms by way of taut songwriting and instrumental execution. Rather than function as the primary attraction, and be susceptible to mockery, make-believe lyrical themes augment a formidable assembly of folk-derived melodies, sharp medleys, and powerful hooks. Acoustic guitars weave webs of finite textures through which crackling, church-like organ passages and space-conscious bass lines maneuver, allowing songs to come across with an ethereal and powerful feel.
Glowing with old-fashioned tube-amp warmth, concise fare like “The Wizard,” “Traveler In Time,” and the hit “Easy Livin’” touches upon punchy garage-rock basics while epics such as “Circle of Hands” and closing “Paradise/The Spell”—a multi-part sonic excursion whose choral grace and spiritual glide evoke distant lands, misty cloud forests, and peaceful eternities—cling to a complex sensitivity underscored by deft piano notes. It’s no wonder Uriah Heep would spend its lifespan trying to again capture such balance.
Featuring dead-quiet surfaces, this Wax Cathedral LP is pressed at RTI, America’s best record plant.
Uriah Heep Demons and Wizards Track Listing:
- The Wizard
- Traveler In Time
- Easy Livin'
- Poet's Justice
- Circle of Hands
- Rainbow Demon
- All My Life
- Paradise/The Spell