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1[[quoteright:350:]]˛[[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 [[LongRunners whose debut was released in 1970]] and are still active today. They are considered one of the first HeavyMetal bands, with their initial albums released neck-to-neck with the foundational metal records of Music/LedZeppelin, Music/DeepPurple and Music/BlackSabbath. They stand out from their early 70s contemporaries by their deeper progressive stylings, a taste for the psychedelic and fantastical, and the very heavy presence of the Hammond organ (to an even greater extent than Deep Purple).˛˛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.˛˛!!Studio discography:˛* ''...Very 'Eavy ...Very 'Umble'' (1970)[[note]]The US version was a SelfTitledAlbum with a different cover and a track substition ("Lucy Blues" was replaced by "Bird of Prey")[[/note]]˛* ''Salisbury'' (1971)[[note]]Once again, the US version had a different cover and a track substitution ("Bird of Prey" was replaced by "Simon the Bullet Freak")[[/note]]˛* ''Look at Yourself'' (1971)˛* ''Demons and Wizards'' (1972)˛* ''The Magician's Birthday'' (1972)˛* ''Sweet Freedom'' (1973)˛* ''Wonderworld'' (1974)˛* ''Return to Fantasy'' (1975)˛* ''High and Mighty'' (1976)˛* ''Firefly'' (1977)˛* ''Innocent Victim'' (1977)[[note]]Yet again, the US version had a different cover[[/note]]˛* ''Fallen Angel'' (1978)˛* ''Conquest'' (1980)˛* ''Abominog'' (1982)˛* ''Head First'' (1983)˛* ''Equator'' (1985)˛* ''Raging Silence'' (1989)˛* ''Different World'' (1991)˛* ''Sea of Light'' (1995)˛* ''Sonic Origami'' (1998)˛* ''Wake the Sleeper'' (2008)˛* ''Celebration'' (2009)[[note]]Mostly re-recordings of earlier hits, with two new songs[[/note]]˛* ''Into the Wild'' (2011)˛* ''Outsider'' (2014)˛* ''Totally Driven'' (2015)[[note]]More re-recordings of older songs[[/note]]˛* ''Living the Dream'' (2018)˛˛----˛!!"Stealin' when I should have been tropin'":˛* AmbiguouslyHuman: It's not clear if the "lady in black" in the song of the same name is a human or some kind of divine being, though her wisdom and appearing to the narrator in his hour of greatest need would suggest the latter.˛* AnAesop: "Lady In Black" ends with the message that evil cannot overcome evil.˛* 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.˛* CoolOldGuy: Three of the five band members are over 60 as of September 2020.˛* 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.˛* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Their debut album is a grab-bag of various sub-genres of rock, mostly because Ken Hensley joined the band after the material was written. Once Hensley took on main songwriting duties, the following string of albums have a much more coherent sound. The album is also mixed very differently from their later work (see GratuitousPanning below).˛* 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''.˛* GratuitousPanning: The mixing on ''Very 'Eavy'' pans all instruments to either the left or right channel in most songs.˛* HeavyMithril: Their early 70s' catalogue has plenty of this. Generally their most explicitly fantastical songs ("The Wizard", "Lady in Black") were softer, folksier ones. They did have their share of fantastical metal songs too, though ("Rainbow Demon", "Pilgrim", "Magician's Birthday").˛* 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 RevolvingDoorBand 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.˛* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: As mentioned above under AmbiguouslyHuman, it's unclear if the "lady in black" from the song of the same name is a goddess who appears in people's hour of need and counsels them or just a woman with good advice who appeared at a good time.˛* 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.˛* ProgressiveMetal: Their hard rock-inspired take on progressive rock could be considered to be an UrExample of this.˛* SomethingBlues: "Lucy Blues" from ''...Very 'Eavy ...Very 'Umble''.˛* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Ken Hensley took the lead vocal on some of their most popular songs, including "Lady in Black" and "Look at Yourself". According to Hensley, David Byron refused to sing "Lady" due to disliking the song, and was unavailable with throat issues for "Look".˛----


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