What makes a guitar solo great? A great guitar solo makes great songs even better. Great solos build tension, heighten musical drama and expand melodic and harmonic ideas. The very best guitar solos are like mini compositions and can stand on their own, outside the song, but we’d never want them to. Think of your [...]
To Heepsters all over the world. This is to wish you all a fantastic New Year, and we hope that you have a brilliant 2010 that brings you everything that you desire. It will be a great year for Uriah Heep, with lots of exciting tours etc, and I hope that we get to see [...]
At the height of Deep Purple’s first wave of commercial success – thanks largely due to their remaking of Joe South’s “Hush” – bassist Nick Simper stepped away to play in Marsha Hunt’s band, whose members included keyboardist Rick Wakeman and guitarist Ged Peck. The stint with Hunt would be short-lived, though, and Simper soon [...]
Madder Lake were a five-piece Australian outfit – Mick Fettes (vocals), Brenden Mason (lead guitar), Kerry McKenna (bass, synthesizers, vocals), John McKinnon (piano, organ, vocals) and Jack Kreemers (drums, congas, gong) – that made a big splash in their home country in the early 1970s. The band’s strengths were mixing progressive rock with the blues [...]
Check out this three-way discussion covering the entire Uriah Heep catalog. Skull Sessions host Bob Nalbandian is joined by my friend and metal expert Martin Popoff and former publishing editor of Metal Rendezvous magazine John Strednansky. The trio talk about Heep records from Very ‘Eavy Very ‘Umble up to the latest release, Wake The Sleeper.
After an almost impossibly long break of ten years between studio releases, Uriah Heep have finally returned, not to fantasy, but to their rock roots with a new record titled Wake The Sleeper. Uriah Heep circa 2008 are: guitarist Mick Box, bassist Trevor Bolder, keyboardist Phil Lanzon, vocalist Bernie Shaw and newest band member, drummer [...]