[[caption-width-right:350:The classic line-up in the mid-1970s.]]
->''I'm sending roses,\\
I'm sending blood red roses,\\
This burning in my heart, is tearing me apart I'm sending roses,\\
I'm sending blood red roses,\\
You've got to understand,\\
That's my heart in your hand.''
-->"Blood Red Roses"

Uriah Heep are a British ProgressiveRock band [[LongRunner whose debut was released in 1970]], with 21 albums under their belt. They are considered one of the first metal bands, having been beaten to the punch of actually creating it by Music/LedZeppelin, Music/DeepPurple and Music/BlackSabbath by a year or two.

The nucleus of the original group was David Byron, a singer with an operatic voice and multi-octave vocal range and lead guitarist Mick Box, both of whom had played in a psychedelic group called Spice in the sixties. The third member of the core of Uriah Heep was Ken Hensley, who contributed keyboards, some guitar and most of the songwriting. Bassist Gary Thain and drummer Lee Kerslake completed the "classic" line-up that played on the ''Demons and Wizards'' and ''The Magician's Birthday'' albums.

Presently, [[IAmTheBand Box is the only member who has been in every line-up]].

Not to be confused with the ''Literature/DavidCopperfield'' character for whom they're named.


* ConceptAlbum
* ControlFreak: Ken Hensley, the band's keyboardist, second guitarist and primary songwriter during the first part of their career, developed a reputation for iron-handed control over the group.
* DemotedToExtra: In spite of their popularity and influence, Uriah Heep is less well remembered than other early metal groups, though they probably have more recognition in prog rock circles.
* EpicRocking: The second side of ''Salisbury'' is occupied by a 16-minute long suite featuring a twenty-six piece orchestra. One of their most popular songs, "July Morning", is another good example.
* GlassShatteringSound: The late, great David Byron had an incredibly powerful falsetto, as heard among other places on "Sunrise" from ''The Magician's Birthday''.
* HeavyMithril: One of the earliest exponents of this style.
* IAmTheBand: A bizarre example. Mick Box, the lead guitarist, is the only original member still in the band to this day. For a time they were a simple revolving door band after all of the original members left, with Box as the only constant member. However, the line-up that he formed in 1986 lasted 21 years and would still be together today, had ill-health not forced a change in drummers.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Most of their harder-rocking material is in the 4-6 range. They also have a variety of softer material that's lower on the scale, too.
* ProgressiveRock: Of the harder-rocking variety- they're almost an UrExample of ProgressiveMetal.
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Ken Hensley took the lead vocal on some of their most popular songs, including "Lady in Black" and "Look at Yourself".