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Captures an amazing incarnation of the band blending something old and new in the face of the roaring crowd.

Have you had your fill of Uriah Heep live albums? Should the answer to this question be "no" and there's still enough place on your album rack, here is some good news for you. If you didn't happen to be at the London Astoria for a very certain gig in 1989 to celebrate Uriah Heep turning twenty, or maybe it's just that your worn-out VHS tape of this very gig was lost when moving houses or decluttering the attic, you may replace it now with this brand new 2CD/DVD release.

'Raging Through The Silence' takes us back to 18th May 1989, a day that went down in the annals of Heep history as the date the band celebrated its twentieth anniversary. The moment these recordings (both audio and visual) capture is also quite unique. Not only had Bernie Shaw joined the band just three years prior to this, putting an end to the revolving door of singers, but it was also the period when the group headed eastwards for the first time, in turn being one of the first Western acts to cross the Iron Curtain.

'Raging...' is a double album, the first part mostly revisiting the band's then-newly released 'Raging Silence' album (with the exception of their 1973 classic 'Stealin' and a few mid-eighties songs such as 'Too Scared To Run' and 'The Other Side Of Midnight'). What was then the newest addition to Heep's musical catalogue fitted in quite well alongside the earlier songs in the set, even though there's a fine line between the eighties Melodic Rock echoing in 'More Fool You' or 'Bad Bad Man' and the David Byron and Ken Hensley era classics.

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However, the 1989 incarnation of the band turned out to be not only surprisingly stable in the years that followed, but also strong enough to carry on the legacy of the "classic" Heep. The lengthy, elaborate renditions of 'July Morning' and 'Gypsy' – the latter opened by Mick Box's blistering guitar solo – together with the fiery 'Easy Livin'' and over twelve-minute-long take of 'Look At Yourself' (embellished with a drum solo) are the ultimate highlights of that night's set; no wonder they also evoked the most enthusiastic response from the crowd.

'Raging Through The Silence' also includes a DVD with video footage of the gig and a special treat for diehard fans of Box and Heep – the 1989 interview conducted by the late Chris Tetley of Piccadilly Radio. If you want to get to know all the stories behind the classic Heep albums and ever-changing line-ups, or perhaps have a laugh at this and maybe that somewhere along the way, be sure not to hit the "skip" button too early.

It's hard to think of any Uriah Heep live album that would or could have been disappointing. Although the band has been classified beyond the (un)holy trinity of Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, and plagued with personal and stylistic changes throughout the years, their particular strength has always been live performances and it remains so to this day. 'Raging Through The Silence' captures an amazing incarnation of the band blending something old and new in the face of the roaring crowd as they celebrate the twentieth year of Uriah Heep history. The number of years eventually doubled, but this as we know is another story...

Alexandra Mrozowska

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